Events Story Briefs

Disasters and breakthroughs in the progress of civilization capture our attention and prepare us to understand our world in new ways.

Aaron Burr became America's third Vice President in 1800. He has an interesting history, but not all of it is pleasant!

In 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving Day. He issued a turkey reprieve - which we would call a pardo...

Abigail Adams, in many ways, was a woman ahead of her time. When her husband, John, served as America's 2nd president, critics referred to Abigail as ...

After trying, for nearly two decades, to abolish the slave trade, William Wilberforce finally convinces Parliament to do the right thing on February 2...

When Abraham Lincoln did not like the way a photographer had smoothed his hair, the future President ran his fingers through it - just before the pict...

Born on the 12th of February, in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was America's 16th president. For many people, this man with humble beginnings was the greatest...

Being U.S. President, during America's Civil War, required Mr. Lincoln to make difficult strategic decisions.

During the 14th-century plague epidemic in Europe, Jews are accused of having something to do with spreading the "Black Death." In Strasbourg, residen...

An event which came to be known as The Boston Massacre occurred on the 5th of March, 1770. It all started over a dispute involving a wig.

On October 25, 1962, Adlai Stevenson confronts Soviet Ambassador Zorin in the United Nations. The US, says Stevenson, is prepared to "wait until hell ...

Shepard was the first American in space when he blasted off in a Redstone rocket on May 5, 1961.

On August 16, 1896 prospectors find gold in Alaska. The Trump fortune got its start as a result.

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