Random Historical Moments


The history behind the Purple Heart and the creation of the Purple Heart Day.

In the US Armed Forces, the Purple Heart is second only to the Medal of Honor in terms of recognition. Furthermore, it is the oldest military award in the United States- but where did it originate?

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What led to Roe v. Wade? A look at the historical background.

Friends, However, in light of the recently leaked Supreme Court ruling that may overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision in legalizing abortion in this country, I thought some historical context to the argument was necessary. As with many of my blogs- I derive my knowledge from history and current…

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President F. D. Roosevelt- the OG of the social media platform.

Friends, When I was drinking my morning coffee, scanning recent news articles, and thinking about the plot twist in Season 5 of The Last Kingdom on Netflix, I felt the appreciation and dread of instantaneous news. If there had been cell phones and instant news, Uhtred could have stopped the…

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And then it was the teachers…

Friends! This is a long one- full of historical tidbits of information, mind-blowing facts, proposed laws, and a hint of frustration. Bear with me… Regardless of where we are in the world- it has been a rough three years! The very foundation of what makes humans function- physical interaction, freedom…

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Why do we spring forward and fall back every year? A brief history of Daylight Saving Time!

It is dark here in Alaska. Cook dinner at 3:30 pm so you can be in bed by 6:00 pm dark. It happened quickly this year, like Christmas morning presents quickly. One day I was waking up to the chirping of birds and the annoying sounds across the street neighborhood…

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September 5th- the Day The Republic of Texas got its first President.

I watched C-Span this morning (don’t judge) and came across a brief introduction of Sam Houston on the anniversary of his becoming President of the Republic of Texas. Now, while I spend a lot of time studying historical moments- I am not going to lie, the amount of Texas history…

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America’s Unknown Child. Who is the ‘Boy in the Box’?

All that remains of ‘America’s Unknown Child’ is a large plot in the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Cedarbrook, Philadelphia, surrounded by stuffed animals and other small gifts. Ivy Hill Cemetery employees meticulously care for the grave as if it was their own. Unfortunately, no name identifies who is buried below.…

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‘I think this would be a good time for a beer!’ My reason why FDR was considered a great President.

On a warm spring day, a hearse pulled from the small town of Warm Springs, GA, while the mournful sounds of an accordion played Dvorak’s Going Home. A military escort led the vehicle down the roadway lined with soldiers as they watched in silence as the American flag-draped coffin was…

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The Day a Generation Died- the New London Consolidated School Explosion

March 18, 1937- middle and high school students and teachers in the New London Texas Consolidated School were patiently waiting for the clock to move toward 3:30 p.m, when school would finally be released. Only 13 more minutes…… The elementary school-age children had already been dismissed and were in the…

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The Professor and the Madman- who were the men behind the story?

What a minute! Why did no one tell me about The Professor and the Madman on Netflix? We have been binge-watching shows like Radioactive and The Trial of the Chicago 7, but we forgot to mention this movie? I am shocked and stunned. I will be watching the movie again!  It has everything to keep…

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The man, the myth, the legend…. George Washington

I am not going to lie to you friends, my knowledge of George Washington is limited to only a few things: 1. He had wooden teeth 2. He was President 3. He cut down a cherry tree and told on himself 4. He was a General 5. His wife had…

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A hard lesson- Collinwood’s school fire in 1908 cost the lives of 175- changing fire safety forever

            One of my favorite things to do in the morning when I am trying to convivence myself to get on the treadmill is to drink coffee and look up what happened today in history.  A lot of things I have no idea ever happened, mostly because the world is…

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Socialism, Columbus Day, and the Pledge of Allegiance. How are they related?

Sometimes I get inspiration for my blogs from Facebook memes. Sometimes I get it from books that I am reading, or research that I am in the middle of. Sometimes- it is 5:00 am, and I have been killing time on Google since 3:30 am looking up fun trivia in…

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Robbing Peter to pay Paul- the man behind the Ponzi Scheme!

Research into this blog came when my son asked me what a Ponzi scheme was. He is learning about economic and financial questions in my house is a new thing. For example- how does the healthcare industry work? Why do we pay health insurance and still have to pay medical…

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Who were the Night Witches, and what did they do during World War II?

This is so exciting for me! It was requested that I write about a specific moment in history. Do a happy dance. It’s like a dream come true for a wannabe historian. In my office, I finally looked at what was expected of me. Crap! It’s the first time I’ve…

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History of nasty presidential elections in America.

Friends! In honor of 2020 election day and the nail-biting results, I have decided to talk about presidential elections in history. Now, before you ask, you may not know who I voted for. After reading some nasty comments on Twitter and Facebook, I prefer to keep my opinions to myself.…

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Henry Ford- American Hero or Villian?

The age-old question- Ford or Chevy? It has broken relationships and started wars in families. Facebook pages have been set up for supporters. There have been many people who have stayed up all night waiting for the latest and greatest vehicles to be released. As American icons go, it is…

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President Warren G. Harding…why is he considered the worst President?

I have understood since I was a child that President Harding was the most unpopular president in American history. He must have done some terrible things to deserve this honor over Andrew Jackson, who was instrumental in forcing Native Americans from their homelands. The Watergate scandal led President Richard Nixon…

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The end of the Gilded Age in America- 1870-1900

Let’s travel back to 1919 when 2 million soldiers returned to celebrate World War I’s victory.  As the war veterans march, a cheering crowd of optimistic Americans can be heard for miles in Madison Square Garden. They are nestled in the world’s largest financial market, considered the beating heart of…

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