So What is This “Boxing Day” Thing?

Nostalgia will always paint a brighter picture of times past, so of course Christmases from my childhood and early adulthood spent in Britain will seem better, but there is something that definitely makes the Holiday season in Britain, and other Commonwealth countries, better than my Christmas experiences in the United States, and that is Boxing […]

November 21st, 1877 – The Invention of the Phonograph

On November 21st, 1877 by Thomas Edison announced the invention of his phonograph. While other inventors had produced devices that could record sounds, Edison’s phonograph was the first to be able to reproduce the recorded sound. His phonograph originally recorded sound onto a tinfoil sheet phonograph cylinder, and could both record and reproduce sounds. Alexander Graham Bell‘s Volta […]

November 14th, 1889 – Around the World in 72 Days

Nellie Bly (the pen name of American journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochrane) is perhaps better known for her 1887 exposé Ten Days in a Mad-House when the journalist feigned insanity to be admitted to Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. While there Bly witnessed the ill treatment of inmates being fed gruel broth, rotten meat, barely baked bread, […]

November 9th, 1888 – Jack the Ripper Claims Final Victim!

In the 2001 motion picture From Hell actress Heather Graham portrays Mary Jane Kelly, who was also known as Marie Jeanette Kelly, “Black Mary,” “Fair Emma,” and “Ginger.” Kelly is regarded as being the fifth and final victim of Jack the Ripper after having being murdered on November 9th, 1888. Kelly was about 25 years old, and living […]

November 7th, 1874 – How the Republican Party got its Elephant

Founded in the Northern states in 1854 by anti-slavery activists, modernizers, ex-Whigs, and ex-Free Soilers, the Republican Party quickly became the principal opposition to the dominant Southern Democratic Party and the briefly popular Know Nothing Party. The main cause was opposition to the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise by which slavery was kept […]

November 3rd, 1868 – The Legacy of John Willis Menard

During the American Civil War, John Willis Menard worked as a clerk in the Department of the Interior under President Abraham Lincoln. In 1863, he was sent to British Honduras to investigate a proposed colony for newly freed slaves, and later after the war Menard settled in New Orleans. It was there in an 1868 special election […]

October 31st, 1940 – The Battle of Britain Ends!

The Battle of Britain (German: Luftschlacht um England, literally “Air battle for England”) is the name given to the Second World War air campaign waged by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) against the United Kingdom during the summer and finally ended on October 31st, 1940. The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign to be […]

October 29th, 1929 – Black Tuesday

Four days of the week are named after Nordic gods: Thor has Thursday, Odin has Wednesday, Frida has Friday, and Tuesday is named in honor of Tiw, the destructive god of war, often equated with the Roman god Mars. It therefore seems apt that October 29th, 1929 was a Tuesday as a destructive force swept across […]

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