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On January 28, 1915 the U.S. Coast Guard was created by an Act of Congress, combining the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service. "The cutter service had been established by Congress in 1790, at the suggestion of Alexander Hamilton, to prevent sm...
On January 24th, 1848, James W. Marshall (1810-1885), an American carpenter and sawmill operator, spotted bright flakes in the water as he was building a sawmill for Capain John Sutter in Coloma, California. Thought he tried to keep his discovery of gold a secret, word quickly spre...
As a symbol of the Democratic party, the donkey first appeared on January 15th, 1870 in Harper's Weekly in a political cartoon by Thomas H. Nast that  criticized Edwin Stanton, former Secretary of War, by using the caption, "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion".  Some believe the...
Did you know that on Tuesday, January 8th, 1790 President George Washington delivered the first state of the union address to members of the United States Congress in New York City? He outlined administration policies, created by Alexander Hamilton; discussed national defense...
I HAVE endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shalt not out my readers out of humour with themselves with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses, pleasantly, and no on...
On December 14th, 1911 Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) of Norway became the first explorer to reach the South Pole, defeating his British rival Robert Falcon Scott in the race which began in Oc...
Presidential inaugurations at Teachers College, Columbia University occur on the average every 11 years, from the appointment of Nicholas Murray Butler, 10th President of Columbia University and first President of Teachers College (formerly known as
In 1992 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 3rd an annual observance, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, "to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabili...
"The character of a nation is revealed in its national holidays, just as the character of the people of that nation is revealed in the way in which they celebrate those holidays. In the same manner an individual reveals his true character more cl...
On November 19th, 1990, the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe was signed the Unites States and 21 other NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and WTO (Warsaw Treaty Organization) ...