April 24th is marked by a number of failed efforts from the 1916 Easter Uprising, the crash of Soyuz 1, the fatal conclusion to the Baader-Meinhof hostage standoff at the Germany Embassy in Stockholm, the U.S.’ failed attempt to rescue … Continue reading Apr-24: A Day of Tragic Failures
While March 10th is noted for two very destructive events -the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and the 1945 fire-bombing of Tokyo – it is celebrated every year for great acts of resistance from Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad to … Continue reading Mar-10: A Day of Destruction and Resistance
The day associated with romantic love has been defined by violence, as events of this day include the execution of St. Valentine, the firebombing of Dresden, the kidnapping and murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ayatollah Khomeni’s fatwa on … Continue reading Feb-14: Matrydom, Murder, Fatwas and YouTube
September 1st is marked by the last mile of Canadian hero Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and by days of carnage from the 1923 Kantō earthquake, the invasion of Poland and start of World War II and the Soviet Union’s shooting … Continue reading Sept-1: A Hero’s Last Mile and a Day of Carnage
KRAKATOA ERUPTS! August 27 marks the anniversary of one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in modern history – Krakatoa. In 1883, this uninhabited volcanic island in the Strait of Sunda between Java and Sumatra in what is now Indonesia exploded … Continue reading Aug 27, 1883 – KRAKATOA ERUPTS!
Today marks the 170th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention which is seen as the birthplace for the women’s rights movements in the United States. It also marks the day Nicaragua’s Sandinista National Liberation Front was formed in 1961 and the … Continue reading Jul-19: Seneca Falls Convention and Sandinista Victory in Nicaragua
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