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  • National Aviation Day

    National Aviation Day is observed in the United States on August 19 each year to celebrate the history and development of the aviation. It coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who, together w...

  • Mantra

    A mantra is a phrase imbued with spiritual power, that is often used to focus the mind and/or create an intention during meditation practice. Mantra literally means an “instrument of thought” and ...

  • Dawes Act

    On February 8, 1887, Congress passed the Dawes Act, named for its author, Senator Henry Dawes of Massachusetts. Also known as the General Allotment Act, the law allowed for the President to break up r...

  • Michael Brown Shooting

    Michael Brown was shot by police on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old African-American male with no criminal record, was killed after being shot multiple times by a Ferguson poli...

  • Suretyship

    Suretyship is the process of one person or entity agreeing to answer for the debt or obligation of another. It is commonplace in construction settings such as where a general contractor requires a sub...

  • Civil War (America)

    The American Civil War (1861-65) was the culmination of decades-long growing friction over slavery between America’s plantations-rich and slaves-owning southern states, and the rapidly modernizing n...

  • Hiroshima

    Towards the end of the World War II, on August 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb packed with the power of about 15,000 tons of TNT, instantly flatten...

  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

    Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight MH370 disappeared on March 8th, 2014 with 239 passengers aboard. The plane continued flying seven hours after losing satellite contact. After weeks of...

  • Jim Gilmore 2016 Presidential Campaign

    Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore filed the paperwork to become the 17th candidate for the Republican nomination on July 29, 2015. Gilmore was the state’s attorney general before he served his st...

  • Bitcoin

    Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system invented in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto. It is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or midd...

  • Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the evolving network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other ...

  • Human Brain Project

    The Human Brain Project is a research initiative developed by the European Commission that aims to advance the fields of neuroscience, medicine, and computing through the study of the brain. The six p...

  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    On July 17th, 2014 a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine - killing all 298 people aboard (283 passengers 15 crew). The Boeing 777 plane crashed down close to the city of Donetsk, a s...

  • The First Gay Rights Parade

    In commemoration of the Stonewall Riots and to draw attention to the need for legislation that protected the gay community from police brutality, the Gay Liberation Front, an activist organization, or...

  • The AIDS Crisis in the United States

    The first instances of individuals in the U.S. falling ill due to the effects of AIDS were reported in the early 1980s after a group of men was diagnosed with rare forms of cancer and pneumonia. The o...

  • The Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts

    In 2001, seven same-sex couples initiated a lawsuit arguing that denying same-sex couples equal marriage rights was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts state constitution. The court ruled in agre...

  • The Death of Matthew Shepard

    On October 6, 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard met Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson in Laramie, Wyo., where he was enrolled as a student at the University of Wyoming. The two pretended to be gay ...

  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)

    From 1993-2011, the United States armed forces maintained the policy that members of the LGBT community could serve in the military as long as they did not discuss their sexuality. The law, known as D...

  • The Stonewall Riots

    The riots took place at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village in New York City. While spontaneous, the demonstrations against the police raid on June 28, 1969 are generally considered to be th...

  • Obamacare

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known better as Obamacare is a United States federal statute signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The purpose of the act is to improve th...

 

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