Tsunami devastates Indian Ocean coast

12/26/2016 0
A powerful earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, on this day in 2004 sets off a tsunami that wreaks death and devastation across the Indian Ocean coastline. The quake was the second strongest ever […]

Christ is born?

12/25/2016 0
Although most Christians celebrate December 25 as the birthday of Jesus Christ, few in the first two Christian centuries claimed any knowledge of the exact day or year in which he was born. The oldest […]

Van Gogh chops off ear

12/23/2016 0
On this day in 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France. He later documented the […]

Man chased to his death in Howard Beach hate-crime

12/20/2016 0
On this day in 1986, three black men are attacked by a group of white teenagers yelling racial slurs in Howard Beach, a predominately white, middle-class, Italian-American neighborhood in Queens, New York. Earlier that night, […]

Lincoln’s State of the Union address

12/01/2016 0
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln addresses the U.S. Congress and speaks some of his most memorable words as he discusses the Northern war effort. Lincoln used the address to present a moderate […]

U.N. votes for partition of Palestine

11/29/2016 0
Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an independent Jewish state. The modern conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine dates back to the 1910s, […]

FDR establishes modern Thanksgiving holiday

11/26/2016 0
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.The tradition of celebrating the holiday on Thursday dates back to the early history of the Plymouth and Massachusetts […]
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