From the monthly archives: December 2013

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Today in history: December 28

John C. CalhounOn December 28 in:

1846, Iowa is admitted to the union and becomes the 28th U.S. state; 

 1832, John C. Calhoun becomes the only sitting U.S. Vice President to resign from office;

 1065, Westminster Abbey is consecrated; and in

1973, the Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States 

Today in history: December 27

On December 27 in:

 1825, the first public railway in England powered by steam locomotive opens, connecting Stockton and Darlington;

1945, the World Bank is created after an agreement is signed by 28 nations; and in

 1991, the last episode of the Carol Burnett show airs on CBS.

Today in history: December 24

On December 24 in:

1943, Dwight Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied Commander;  

1914, the Christmas truce begins;

1851, the Library of Congress burns down;

1809, Kit Carson is born and in

2012, Jack Klugman dies. 

Today in history: December 13

On December 13

in 2003, Saddam Hussein is captured in Tikrit;

in 1989, Taylor Swift is born in Reading, Pennsylvania;

in 1972, the Apollo 17 astronauts begin their third Extra-Vehicular Activity, which makes them (as of this writing) the last humans to set foot on the moon;

and in 1981, authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity movement. Martial law was in effect for two years. Six years later, in a "semi-free" election, a Solidarity-led coalition government was formed and the following year, Lech Wałęsa was elected president.

Today in history: December 12

Today, December 12:

in 1963, Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom;

in 1991, Russia gains its independence from the USSR;

in 1787, Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution;

in 1924, Ed Koch is born in The Bronx, and in 2007, Ike Turner dies at his home in California.

Today in history: December 11

In 1941, Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, following the American declaration of war on Japan (prompted by the attack on Pearl Harbor).

In 1816, Indiana joins the union and becomes the 19th state.

In 1968, The Who, John Lennon, Jethro Tull and Taj Mahal join the Rolling Stones in London to film the Rock and Roll Circus.

In 630, Muhammed leads an army of 10,000 to conquer  Mecca. 

And in 2008, Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud.

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Birth of a Rolling Stone and a premiere of a classic

On December 18 in: 1777, The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British forces in the Battle...

Word of the day


(verb) to complain loudly or angrily

The collectiion: Books

Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

This book is the second in a new mystery series by J.K. Rowling writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. We again follow Private Detective Cormoran...

Kids cook

Peanut Pitas

Peanut Pitas are a nutritious, tasty snack and so easy to make. No measuring required.What you will need:1 package ( 8 ounces) small pita breads, cut crosswise...

New DVD5

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

An arresting medieval epic starring Mads Mikkelsen (A ROYAL AFFAIR, VALHALLA RISING, Hannibal), Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas explores...

Quotation of the day

Judy Garland

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.


Interesting things


Ever hear of Dronestagram? It's dedicated to videos and photographs taken with drones.

The collection: Music

Ledges - Noah Gundersen

2014 release from the singer/songwriter. At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran who recorded his first album on his dad...

Science fair

T.P. Shooters

You can use ping pong balls or marshmallows as amo for these cool shooters.What you will need:2 toilet-paper tubes (or 1 paper-towel tube, cut in half...
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