History of 9/11, Twenty-one Years Ago: Patriot Day

September 9, 2022
9-11 Firefighters

HISTORY OF PATRIOT DAY: 9/11 On 9/11, twenty-one years ago, more Americans were killed on American soil in one day than in any attack since Pearl Harbor in 1941. A series of terrorist airplane highjacking attacks occurred in New York City, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon… and the world changed. As the events of December 7, 1941, led to war, so too did the events of September 11, 2001. Related posts: History of Presidential Transitions: Has It Always Been Like Now? History of the Fourth Estate: The Press History of Veterans Day: Lest We Forget

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The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

September 8, 2022
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THE PASSING OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II BALMORAL, Scotland, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, the nation’s figurehead and a towering presence on the world stage for seven decades, died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday aged 96. “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the new king, her eldest son Charles, said. As I write this from England, people are already gathering at Buckingham Palace. Related posts: History of Queen Elizabeth II: 70-Year Platinum Jubilee Celebration History…

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History of Star Trek: 56 Years Ago and Today

September 8, 2022
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HISTORY OF STAR TREK Star Trek premiered on NBC TV on September 8, 1966… 56 years ago. It is my favorite show; I was glued to the TV for the first episode and every one after that. It significantly influenced my life and my choice of a career in technology. Related posts: History of Star Wars: Premiered 45 Years Ago History of the Golden Gate Bridge: 85 Years Old Movie Review: Dune

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History of the Fall of the Roman Empire: the Short Version

September 4, 2022
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HISTORY OF THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE On September 4, 476 AD,  Odoacer captured the city of Ravenna and deposed Emperor Romulus Augustus, marking the Fall of the Roman Empire. What do we mean by the Fall of the Roman Empire? Related posts: History of Christmas: Caesar Augustus History of Erasing Unpopular Leaders: Damnatio Memoriae History of Pandemics: What Can They Teach Us About Coronavirus?

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History of Labor Day: What’s Work Got To Do With It?

September 2, 2022
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HISTORY OF LABOR DAY Labor Day is when we celebrate the process our mothers went through to deliver us at birth. Sorry, wrong holiday; Labor Day in the U.S. is the day we celebrate the achievements of the American labor movement. While it is still disputed whether Peter J. McGuire first proposed the holiday, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters, or Matthew Maguire, a machinist and secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York — observances of the holiday go back over a century in the U.S. Related posts: History of May Day History of Alexander Hamilton…

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History of J.R.R. Tolkien: A 100-Year Love Affair

September 1, 2022
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HISTORY OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A 100-YEAR LOVE AFFAIR Tonight begins the Amazon Prime TV series “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” which depicts the Second Age of Tolkien’s legendarium, set over three thousand of years before the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. This is expected to be the most expensive TV series in history, with over $1 Billion spent on the rights from the Tolkien Estate (for $250 Million) and production costs. Below is my 2017 article written on the publication of his book describing one of the foundational stories of Middle-earth. I’m reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s latest book published…

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History of September: The Start of Fall

September 1, 2022

HISTORY OF SEPTEMBER You may have noticed that September sounds like the Latin word for Seven. And you’d be perceptive — septem is the Latin word for seven, and this month used to be the seventh month of the ancient Roman calendar. This Latin numbering follows with the year’s remaining months, as I’ve highlighted below: eight/oct, nine/nov, ten/dec. Related posts: History of July: Where Do We Get That Name? History of New Year’s Day: Why on January 1? History of Leap Year

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History of the Holidays: the Backstory of Holidays

August 31, 2022

HISTORY OF THE HOLIDAYS Welcome to this year’s edition of the History of the Holidays. I’m Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood historian. From now through the Spring or vernal equinox, we celebrate most of the major secular and sacred holidays. This series recounts the backstory, the history behind the major American holidays, some of the minor ones, and a few international ones. There are lots of articles on Christmas and Easter; there are Jewish ones, secular ones, geek ones, and humorous ones. Related posts: History of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas History of Halloween Is Die Hard…

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History of I Have A Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. — 59 Years Ago

August 28, 2022
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HISTORY OF I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH It was 59 years ago that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. It continues to echo down the halls of history almost six decades later. On August 28, 1963, the occasion for his speech was the March on Washington at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Over a quarter of a million supporters gathered at the Mall in Washington D.C., where King delivered his public speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, looking over the Reflecting Pool. Related posts: History of Martin Luther King,…

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