Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the 5th of May) marks the 1862 victory of the Mexican army over French troops at the Battle of Puebla. It has become a popular cultural holiday in the Southwest, even surpassing its importance in …[Continue]

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926) was an American sharpshooter with a starring role in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Her fame cemented her position as America’s first female star. Oakley is also known for promoting the …[Continue]

George Washington

George Washington

George Washington, born in Virginia on February 22, 1732, was the triumphant Commander in Chief of the American Revolution, and the first President of the United States. He was also an entrepreneur, farmer, and the only slaveholder among the Founding …[Continue]

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a carnival celebrated on the days leading up to Ash Wednesday. It is known for parades, music, colorful costumes and masks. In French, Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday, which refers to the rich food eaten before …[Continue]

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

The Chinese Year of the Goat begins on February 19, 2015. Chinese New Year is a fifteen day holiday celebrated with lots of food, family reunions and visits with friends. “Gong Hei Fat Choi” means “congratulations” in Chinese, and is …[Continue]

Battle of New Orleans

Battle of New Orleans

The Battle of New Orleans (Dec 24, 1814 – Jan 8, 1815) was the last battle of the War of 1812. American troops were led to victory over the British by Major General Andrew Jackson, whose battlefield success and increased …[Continue]

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader. In November 1983, President Reagan signed legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, making it the third national holiday born in the twentieth century. The first was …[Continue]

Louisiana Purchase

Louisiana Purchase

Under the leadership of President Thomas Jefferson, the United States purchased 827,987 square miles of territory from France on May 2, 1803 for $15 million. It was a momentous event that doubled the size of the new country, and greatly …[Continue]

Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) is one of the greatest composers in history. His work marked a turning point for composers, who had previously written primarily for religious services, to teach, or to entertain at social functions. But Beethoven’s …[Continue]

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was a U.S. Naval officer and a pioneering computer programmer. Among other accomplishments, Admiral Hopper was instrumental in the development of the computer programming language COBOL. Here’s another fun …[Continue]