To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address filmmaker Ken Burns, along with PBS and other partners, are encouraging everyone in America to “Learn the Address.” Celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg and Stephen Colbert have taken the challenge to … Continue reading
* President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, here at Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Digitonin * Tuesday, 150 years to the day of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous … Continue reading
Today in 1883: The United States and Canada adopt a system of standard time zones: http://t.co/jcCDySfpWi — amhistorymuseum (@amhistorymuseum) November 18, 2013 Today in 1883 four standard time zones were introduced for the U.S. at the instigation of the railroads, … Continue reading
Photo by Flickr User Digitonin A Pennsylvania newspaper retracted an editorial written 150 years ago that dismissed the Gettysburg Address as “silly remarks” that deserved a “veil of oblivion,” the Associated Press reports. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg says it regrets … Continue reading
Fundamental disagreement is an expected occurrence in Congress, but lately crises have come in increasing frequency. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Eric Liu of Citizen University, Steven Hayward of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Beverly Gage of Yale University for a closer look at polarized American politics. Continue reading
The last official census in Bosnia was in 1991, when 4.4 million people lived there. But then a brutal war broke out, killing 100,000 people and driving away 2 million. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports on the need for and concerns over a new effort to take a national census. Continue reading
Portrait by Anthony Berger/Wikimedia Commons. Professor Christopher Oakley says he has spotted President Abraham Lincoln in a 150-year-old photograph of the crowd at the Gettysburg Address, a discovery that could be one of the most significant in recreating the scene … Continue reading
On this day in 2011, President Obama acknowledged the end of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, therefore allowing gay and lesbian service members to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces.
Wikimedia Commons image On this day in 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat publicly shook hands at the White House after signing a historic peace agreement via efforts by the Clinton Administration. … Continue reading
“We go to the Moon, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” –John F. Kennedy, speaking at Rice University, September 12, 1962.