Dynamic Directory - December 15, 2018

Revised Stories in the past 30 days

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Thanksgiving Becomes a National Holiday
Thanksgiving Becomes a National Holiday

Abraham Lincoln originated America's annual Thanksgiving Day when he issued a proclamation, in 1863, declaring the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving.

Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Assassination of John F. Kennedy

It's the 22nd of November, 1963, and JFK receives a warm Dallas welcome. Then shots ring out, and the President is raced to Parkland Hospital where he dies. Many still question whether a conspiracy was responsible for the murder.

A Dream within a Dream, by Edgar Allen Poe - Audio
A Dream within a Dream, by Edgar Allen Poe - Audio

Edgar Allan Poe published a poem entitled "Imitation," in 1827.

Danzig in the War
Danzig in the War

Statue of Gudea with Overflowing Vase
Statue of Gudea with Overflowing Vase

Gudea was a Prince of Lagash who lived during the troubled period following the end of the reign of Naram-Sin (who had led the Akkadian Empire to its zenith).

Ancient City of Susa
Ancient City of Susa

Susa, an important city in the ancient world (when it was the capital of Elam), is located in Iran. It is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities of the world.

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, Americans at Pearl Harbor are unaware they are about to suffer a surprise Japanese attack. Shortly before 8 AM, on that Sunday morning, the devastating attack begins.

Regicide:  Mary, Queen of Scots
Regicide: Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, leads a troubled life that should have been wonderful.

Whaling - The Real World of Moby Dick
Whaling - The Real World of Moby Dick

Did you know that whale oil helped to fuel the Industrial Revolution - and - that oil from a Sperm Whale comes mostly from its very large head?

Virginia Clemm Poe
Virginia Clemm Poe

Virginia Clemm - a first-cousin to Edgar Allan Poe - became his wife in the spring of 1836.

Pillory - Punishment for Cheating, Perjury & Other Misdemeanors
Pillory - Punishment for Cheating, Perjury & Other Misdemeanors

A pillory was a place where individuals who were punished for various crimes could be at risk for more than public humiliation.

Thomas Hobbes - Portrait and Bio
Thomas Hobbes - Portrait and Bio

Thomas Hobbes, a British philosopher who was born in "the philosophy town" of Malmesbury, in 1588 (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I), believed that if people live "in a state of nature," they would be fearful and prone to violence.

Towing U-110 to Iceland
Towing U-110 to Iceland

As Alan Turing and his Bletchly Park colleagues worked feverishly to break the Enigma code, they caught a break when the Royal Navy captured U-110 on May 9, 1941. Onboard was a working Enigma machine and secret codes for the following month. Initially towing the disabled U-boat to Iceland, the crew with the secret treasure was redirected to Scotland.

Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail - Morse Code
Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail - Morse Code

On January 6, 1838, Samuel Morse successfully tests an electrical telegraph. So why did it take years longer to send the first message?

German U-Boat under Attack
German U-Boat under Attack

Learn the story behind one of the most-famous photos of the U-boat War: The attack of U-569.

Bobby Jones Envisions Augusta National Golf Club
Bobby Jones Envisions Augusta National Golf Club

Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams, one of America's greatest photographers, started his professional life as a pianist. What made him decide to switch profressions?

Pius X Opposed WWI - Buried at St. Peter's Basilica
Pius X Opposed WWI - Buried at St. Peter's Basilica

Before he became a pope, Giuseppe Sarto had a great deal of experience living among his parishoners. As Pope Pius X, he strongly opposed the outbreak of WWI.

Japanese-American Fishing Village Destroyed at Terminal Island
Japanese-American Fishing Village Destroyed at Terminal Island

Before the Pearl Harbor bombing, Japanese-Americans lived and worked on Terminal Island. After the bombing, their homes were destroyed and their way of life was gone forever.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes is known for some of his free-speech decisions which he wrote while serving as a Supreme Court Justice.

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