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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Black History Month

It’s black history month. Here is a poem by a black abolitionist about black women losing their children because they were sold off. The Slave…

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James “Cool Papa” Bell and the Baseball Hall of Fame

On this day in 1974, James “Cool Papa” Bell was inducted in the the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Said to be the fastest man…

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George Gershwin and Modern Music

Rhapsody in Blue is performed live for the first time in New York City’s Aeolian Hall. The entire evening’s program, billed as an “Experiment In…

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Mandela and the end of Apartheid

On this day in 1990, the South African government of President F.W. de Klerk releases Nelson Mandela from prison. Shortly after his release, Mandela was…

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The British Invasion – The Beatles

On this day in 1964, The Beatles make their first of three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, marking the opening salvo of the British…

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Peter the Great and the Enlightenment

On this day in 1725, Peter the Great passes painfully from chronic uremia and a gangrenous bladder. By the time of his death, his imperial…

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