Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

My childhood pumpkin memories look nothing like these fancy pumpkins. When did pumpkin carving get so elaborate? I can’t say, but these pumpkin patterns do look fun. Whether your interest is just in browsing the photo galleries, or you’re out …[Continue]

German Reunification

German Reunification

Forty-five years after the country was split in two in 1949, Germany was reunited in 1990 when East Germany joined West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) to form a united Germany. Also united was the city of Berlin, which had …[Continue]

Stamp Act

Stamp Act

The Duties in American Colonies Act 1765; 5 George III, c. 12, is more commonly known as The Stamp Act of 1765. It imposed British taxes on the American colonies by requiring a stamp on every piece of printed paper. …[Continue]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) was a South African freedom fighter who became South Africa’s first democratically elected President (1994 to 1999). His leadership was fundamental in dismantling apartheid, and he won the Nobel Peace Prize …[Continue]

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 8,1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist recognized after his death for his use of colors and as a forerunner of the Symbolist movement. He was contemporary of Vincent Van Gogh, and his work …[Continue]

Memorial Day

American Flag for Memorial Day

Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) was first observed in 1868 to honor the soldiers of the Civil War. Its origins can be traced back to General John A. Logan who proclaimed: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated …[Continue]

California Gold Rush

California Gold Rush

A pea-sized gold nugget was unearthed at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California on January 24, 1848. Although the news did spread, Sam Brannan, a San Francisco newspaperman, is credited with starting the actual rush on May 12 when he walked …[Continue]

The Holocaust

The Holocaust

The Holocaust (1933 – 1945) was Nazi Germany’s state-sanctioned persecution of Europe’s Jews during World War II. Before the Allies conquered Adolph Hitler’s war machine, his “final solution” took the lives of six million European Jews. Holocaust Remembrance Day (also …[Continue]