Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Unit resources.
Woodrow Wilson set foot on French soil, becoming the first President to visit a foreign country while in office.
Astronomer Edwin Hubble was born November 20, 1889. He is best known proving the existence of galaxies besides our own.
John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C., on November 6, 1854. His father, John Antonio Sousa, played trombone in the Marine Band and inspired his son at an early age to pursue music. Young Sousa’s studies of music began when he was about six years old. He played most of the instruments in the […]
On October 23, 1903, Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith sold their first crayons. The box of eight red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black sticks sold for 5¢. Edwin Binney’s wife Alice named the brand Crayola from craie, French for “chalk,” and ola for “oleaginous,” meaning oily. The History of Crayola The […]
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Most Americans know that, of course, and they celebrate the event every Columbus Day. But what exactly was Christopher Columbus hoping to accomplish, what did he actually achieve, and how did Columbus Day come about? Columbus’s Idea In Columbus’s time, the kingdoms of Europe were locked in an […]
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was officially created on September 18, 1947. Its job was to provide intelligence about foreign activities and to provide enemy foreign entities with false information, or counterintelligence. The History of the CIA William J. Donovan, known as the “Father of the CIA,” proposed the office to President Truman. His idea […]
Daniel Burnham, born on September 4, 1846, was one of the world’s first urban planners, influencing the cities of Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. He was also known as an architect, creating some of the original skyscrapers. But the achievement he is most remembered for is the World’s Columbian Exposition. World Fairs Large-scale […]
On August 7, 1959, a new penny went into circulation in America to honor the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. This penny still bore the same likeness of Lincoln that had appeared in 1909, but the reverse side now featured the Lincoln Memorial instead of the old wheat design. Historians disagree on when and where […]
Compass unit study. On July 17, 1938, Douglas Corrigan took off from New York to fly to California but ended up heading east toward Europe.
On this day, May 22, 1844, Mary Stevenson Cassatt was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of seven children born to a wealthy American family with a French background. Her family valued education and saw travel as a means to that end, so that by the time Mary Cassatt was ten she had traveled to Europe […]
Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, was born in Lamar, Missouri, on May 8, 1884. He did not attend a traditional school until the age of eight, and he never achieved a college degree. Instead, most of his education came from his mother, who guided him as he pursued his interests: […]