History of Bastille Day: Its Relation to the French Revolution

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HISTORY OF BASTILLE DAY Each year on July 14, Bastille Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille in Paris in 1789, an important date in the French Revolution. Also known as French National Day, it features feasting, fireworks, public dancing, and an address by the French President. However, the center of this celebration is the…

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History of French Fries: Are They Really French?

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HISTORY OF FRENCH FRIES: NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY July 13th is National French Fry Day. While no one knows who began this celebration, placing it on July 13 is significant in that the important French holiday is the next day, July 14, Bastille Day.   Did they originate in France, why are they called that,…

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History of John Calvin: The Genius of Geneva

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HISTORY OF JOHN CALVIN On July 10, 1509, in Noyon, France, Jean Cauvin, known to us as John Calvin, was born. Of all the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, none were more significant in forming biblical theology or ecclesiastic thought than this one man. Calvin’s teaching and tradition penetrated more of the world than any…

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History of Chocolate: Why is it the Food of the Gods?

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History of Chocolate: Why Is It The Food of the Gods? On World Chocolate Day Chocolate comes from the cacao seed, which is roasted and ground from the kernel. While its taste might be considered heavenly…   Why is chocolate called the “food of the gods”? Is it the celestial texture, the velvety tongue feel,…

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History of the American Experiment: A Democracy or A Republic?

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HISTORY OF THE UNIQUE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT: A DEMOCRACY OR A REPUBLIC? Since 1776, our 248-year experiment with non-monarchical government is rather unique in history. The Treaty of Paris in 1783 officially ended the War of the American Revolution against the colonial power that had previously ruled us, Great Britain. King George III of Great Britain…

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Science of the Dog Days of Summer

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SCIENCE OF THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Where do we get the term “the dog days of summer?” Does it refer to the hottest days of Summer, when even dogs go on strike due to the heat, refusing to do their job of lying on the floor?   Look to the Skies Alas, no. The…

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History of Alexander Hamilton

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HISTORY OF THE 4TH OF JULY: ALEXANDER HAMILTON Alexander Hamilton has gained popularity recently, in large part due to the 2015 Broadway musical “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. What is the real story behind this remarkable revolutionary? What kind of leader was he? How was his background similar and different from the other Founding Fathers?  …

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History of Canada Day: July 1

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HISTORY OF CANADA DAY As the U.S. will soon celebrate its Independence Day, Canadians have a celebration of their own. Canada Day (Fête du Canada) marks the anniversary of July 1, 1867, when the three independent colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, were united into a single dominion. The British North American Act, known today…

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History of July: Where Do We Get That Name?

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HISTORY OF JULY July was renamed for Julius Caesar, who was born that month. Before that, it was called Quintilis in Latin, meaning the fifth month in the ancient Roman calendar. However, Marc Anthony changed the name to July after Caesar’s assassination. This was before January became the first month of the calendar year, about…

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History of James Madison: Father of the Constitution

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HISTORY OF JAMES MADISON James Madison has correctly been called “the Father of the Constitution,” and one might think that the Constitution became active on July 5, 1776, but this is not how it happened. The American Constitution didn’t go into effect until almost a decade and a half after the Declaration of Independence. How did…

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