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  • Almanac
    A barge crew tramping through the wilderness, freezing rain, and mild weather
    A barge crew tramping through the wilderness, freezing rain, and mild weather top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on December 18.1884 -...
  • George Stinney
    Fourteen year old boy executed for murdering two girls: Ruling overturned
    It’s been 70 years since South Carolina executed 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., a black teen who was accused of beating two young white girls to death in 1944. Within a time frame of 10 minutes, the all-white male jury found Stinney guilty...
  • "A Christmas Carol" published this day in 1843
    'A Christmas Carol,' published this day in 1843
    Charles Dickens' classic story "A Christmas Carol" was first published on this day in 1843.More than 170 years later, readers all over the world enjoy this classic."A Christmas Carol” tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge,...
  • Almanac
    The snowiest December, snow squalls, and cold air
    The snowiest December, snow squalls, and cold air top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on December 17.1876 - The daytime temperature rose to...
  • Hampton Court Palace
    Ghosts appeared at Hampton Court Palace
    A London police constable reported seeing a ghost at the Hampton Court Palace in March 1907. He was on duty at the east front of the palace when he suddenly became aware of a group of figures moving toward him on Gitton walk. They seemed to be...
  •  Aleksander Doba: The Satisfaction of Great Achievements
    Aleksander Doba: The triumph of the long distance paddler
    On November 7, 2014, National Geographic Magazine announced ten nominees for the 2015 Adventurer of the Year Award, based on their extraordinary achievements in exploration, adventure sports, conservation or humanitarianism that has distinguished...
  • Almanac
    A crewless shipwreck, blizzard conditions, and plunging temperatures
    A crewless shipwreck, blizzard conditions, and plunging temperatures top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on December 16.1906 - The wooden...
  • Liberty Holiday
    From Liberty State Park, you can see the most famous lady in New York
    She is the most beautiful lady in New York Harbor standing in Liberty Island. In her right hand, she holds the torch of freedom. Immigrants of the past, who sailed to America, saw this majestic statue before beginning a new life here in America....
  • Almanac
    Record rain, a grounded cargo vessel and heavy snow
    Record rain, a grounded cargo vessel and heavy snow top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on December 15.1922 - The wood, tug and cargo vessel...
  • Almanac
    Freezing rain, record heat and a shipwreck
    Freezing rain, record heat and a shipwreck top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on December 14.1883 - The wood schooner-barge Mary Ann Hulbert,...
  • Mistletoe Kiss
    Kiss me! The Meaning of Mistletoe
    Kissing under the mistletoe is as much a part of Christmas as Santa’s appearance from a chimney. The meaning and magic of mistletoe is both universally accepted and customarily practiced. But how did this holiday smooch-fest start...
  • Massachusetts State House
    Revere, Adams, Scollay time capsule unearthed at Massachusetts State House
    A few unexpected names have made headlines in Boston recently -- Paul Revere, William Scollay and Samuel Adams. Scollay is rarely mentioned in this current wave of reports, but it seems he too had a hand in the deed that has brought these men back...
  • Jingle Bells Cross Stitch Ornament
    Jingle bells Christmas tree ornament in cross stitch with free pattern
    Even though it makes no mention of Christmas in its lyrics, 150 years after it was published as "Jingle Bells," there are millions of listeners who know and love this song, Written by James Lord Pierpont, who was the uncle to John...
  • Almanac
    Blizzard conditions, tons of barbed wire, and mild highs
    Blizzard conditions, tons of barbed wire, and mild highs top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on December 13.1878 - This day marks the first...
  • Supreme Court
    Examining the Bill of Rights: The First Amendment
    For a single run-on sentence, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution holds a lot of information. Thanks to its import to the people of the United States, it is also interpreted again and again, so much meaning can be derived from...