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A Pirate’s Life For Me

A Pirate’s Life For Me

Shiver me timbers!  It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Capt. Jack Sparrow makes a pirate’s life look fun, but most pirates were not as lucky as him.  If caught, most pirates were hung immediately.  Usually only the most notorious ones were captured...

99th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster

On April 14, 1912, the world was shocked by the sinking of the Titanic.  Congress convened hearings into the cause of the accident starting on April 19, 1912.  It includes statements and testimony from the captain of the Carpathia, numerous survivors, and various...

112th Congress Convenes Today

The 112th Congress officially convenes today. With the government’s embracing of social media and web 2.0 technology, there’s a plethora of options available for keeping track of the latest legislative news. Watch live feed from the floor of the House of...

Tweet the Bill of Rights?

The U.S. National Archives is holding a Bill of Rights (that great document that contains the first ten amendments to the Constitution) Twitter Contest. Between now and December 15–the 219th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights–The National Archives...
Today Is Veterans Day

Today Is Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day.  Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11th was selected as the day of remembrance for the end of World War I.  The date was  specifically chosen because the war came to a  formal end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of...
Friday Matinee: Duck and Cover!

Friday Matinee: Duck and Cover!

Get your popcorn ready and grab a snack! Today’s film is an oldie but a goodie: Duck and Cover! Produced and distributed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration, this film was shown to school children throughout the Cold War.  It’s advice is simple...
When in the Course of human events…

When in the Course of human events…

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of...