April 15: A Day of Heroes and Tragedies

April 15 is marked by some of history’s great tragedies – the death of Abraham Lincoln, the Titanic and the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon.  At the same time, it also defined by great heroes from Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, … Continue reading April 15: A Day of Heroes and Tragedies

Mar-23: Liberty, Tyranny, Education and Health Care

March 23 is defined by Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.  Tyranny was present on this day when Germany enacted the Enabling Act giving Hitler dictatorial powers or when the Roosevelt administration sent Japanese-Americans to … Continue reading Mar-23: Liberty, Tyranny, Education and Health Care

Nov-29: Massacres, Partition, Pong, Beatles and a Chimp

1781 Zong Massacre In 1781, the crew of the slave ship Zong began throwing 132 slaves overboard to increase the survival rate of remaining slaves and to cash in on insurance for the slaves (which would not have been paid had the … Continue reading Nov-29: Massacres, Partition, Pong, Beatles and a Chimp