Soviet Union: The Rapid Collapse

  Today is the 24th anniversary of the final winding down of the USSR. Here are some things you may not have known about the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The collapse of the Soviet Union began in earnest in 1985 with the election of Mikhail Gorbachev as general secretary of the Communist Party. He aimed to revive a sagging […]

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Soviet Union: Rising from Revolution

On this date in 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed following the Russian Revolution of 1917. Here are some things you may not have known about the formation of the Soviet Union. On December 30, 1922, the leaders of the Russian Republic, Transcaucasian Republic, Ukrainian Republic and Byelorussian Republic met in the first Congress of Soviets, two […]

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Thomas Becket: The Turbulent Priest

On this day in the year 1170, Thomas Becket was killed by supporters of King Henry II of England during a conflict over the rights of the Catholic Church in England. Here are some things you may not have known about Thomas Becket. He was born around the year 1120 in London. His father was a merchant and property owner […]

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Stan Lee: A 93-Year-Old Marvel

Today is the 93rd birthday of comic book legend Stan Lee. Here are a few things you may not have known about him. He was born Stanley Martin Lieber in his parents’ apartment in New York. As a child he enjoyed writing and found work writing obituaries and press releases. He also worked as a sandwich delivery boy, as a […]

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Eggnog Riot: What Do You Do With a Drunken Cadet?

  Today is the 189th anniversary of the Eggnog Riot, the aftermath of a drunken Christmas party at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Here are some things you may not have known about the riot. In 1826, alcohol possession and intoxication were grounds for expulsion from West Point. Despite this, there was concern that drinking was out […]

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Prohibition: America’s Dumbest Idea

On this date in 1917, the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed the Senate and was sent to the states for ratification. Here are some facts you may not have known about prohibition. Prohibition was the climax of the temperance movement in the United States. The movement began in earnest just after the American Revolution as people who were […]

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