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  • Jim Webb 2016 Presidential Campaign

    Former Virginia senator Jim Webb announced his campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination via a letter on his website posted on July 2, 2015. Webb served one term in the Senate, and, as a Marine, he ...

  • Episcopal Church to Perform Same-Sex Marriage

    Clergy of the Episcopal Church have been authorized to perform same-sex marriages in the religion beginning November 1, 2015 after resolutions were adopted at the denomination’s General Convention i...

  • Domestic Airlines Subject of Justice Department Investigation

    The Justice Department has issued subpoenas to several major American-based airlines as part of an investigation that companies worked together to keep airfares high, a spokesperson said July 1, 2015....

  • Eighth Historically Black Church Catches Fire

    Historically black church Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal caught fire outside Greeleyville, S.C. on June 30, 2015; this is the eighth incident in 10 days of a church burning. Preliminary invest...

  • California to Require Vaccines for All Schoolchildren

    California law now mandates all school children must receive vaccinations unless there is a medical reason not to after Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation into law on June 30, 2015 that ended vac...

  • Chris Christie 2016 Presidential Campaign

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his run for the Republican candidacy on June 30, 2015 at Livingston High School, which he attended as a child. He has been governor of the Garden State sin...

  • Conservatives React to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    Hours after the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the U.S. on June 26 2015, conservative politicians called for legal protections for those who, based on religious belie...

  • Greek Banks Close As Debt Deadline Looms

    In an atmosphere of growing financial insecurity, Greek banks and markets were forced to close, and will remain so for a week, on June 29, 2015. A 1.8 billion euro loan repayment was due to the Intern...

  • Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal in All 50 States

    The Supreme Court ruled that all states must issue licenses for and recognize the legality of same-sex marriages on June 26, 2015. In a 5-4 decision, the Court stated that both actions were required u...

  • Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies Legal

    The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the subsidies offered by the Affordable Care Act are legal on June 25, 2015. More than 6 million low and moderate-income families who purchase health insurance throug...

  • New Hostage Policy Hopes to Better Support Families

    After a review of the policy, families of hostages will no longer be threatened with prosecution by the U.S. government for paying ransom, President Obama announced June 24, 2015. “We will not aband...

  • Bobby Jindal 2016 Presidential Campaign

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced his campaign for the Republican candidacy in the 2016 presidential election on June 24, 2015. Jindal was a member of Congress from 2005-2008 as a representati...

  • ISIS Releases Grisly Execution Video

    Fighters from the Islamic State released a video on June 23, 2015 showing the execution of prisoners, who were accused of helping the U.S. and its allies attack ISIS bases, through incineration, drown...

  • NSA Allegedly Spied on French Presidents, WikiLeaks Reports

    Documents released from WikiLeaks on June 23, 2015 claim the National Security Agency monitored the communications of three French presidents and their staff during their tenure in office. Those named...

  • Taliban Kills Two in Attack on Afghan Parliament

    Taliban fighters killed two people, including a child, in a June 22 attack on the Afghan parliament building in Kabul. A suicide car bomber blew himself up outside the gates of a building while six ot...

  • Politicians Call for Removal of Confederate Flag in S.C.

    Three days after the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. where nine members of the congregation were fatally shot during a prayer group, politicians issued state...

  • Beijing Rejects Hong Kong Election Plan

    In the continuation of Hong Kong’s struggle to define its future, Beijing rejected a bill on June 18, 2015 that would have allowed the leader of Hong Kong to be elected by the general public. The me...

  • 9 Killed in South Carolina Church Shooting

    A gunman opened fire and killed nine at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015. After a 14-hour manhunt, suspect Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was arrested in Shelby,...

  • $10 Bill to Feature Woman’s Portrait

    The $10 bill, which currently features Alexander Hamilton, will be redesigned to also include a portrait of a historic female figure, the U.S. Treasury announced June 17, 2015. Treasury Secretary Jaco...

  • Thousands of Residents Face Expulsion from Dominican Republic

    An estimated 500,000 foreign-born migrant workers are at risk of being deported from the Dominican Republic after a June 17, 2015 deadline to register with government authorities to stay in the countr...

  • 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...

  • Wright Brothers First Flight

    On December 17, 1903, Wright Brothers (Wilbur and Orville) accomplished the first successful test flight of the ‘Flyer’ they designed and made themselves, on a hill just outside Kitty Hawk, North ...

  • Geotagging

    Geotagging is the process of assigning a geographic location to a photos' (EXIF) data. The geographic information ‘tagged’ includes details such as the latitude and longitude coordinates or city/s...

  • Deforestation

    Deforestation is considered a major cause of global warming and is responsible for 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than the total gas emissions of world’s combined means...

  • Ramadan

    Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims. The first verses of the Ko...

  • Statue of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture that lies in the middle of New York Harbor. Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi the statue was given to America as gift from the people ...

  • The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III

    On the night of March 24-25, 1944, 200 prisoners of the German airforce-run World War II prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft III attempted to escape in a camp-wide plan that had been in effect for a year...

  • John Gerard’s Escape from the Tower of London

    As a Jesuit priest living during the Elizabethan period in England, John Gerard’s religious beliefs and his efforts to preach the Catholic mission were against the law. He avoided English authoritie...

  • The Helicopter Prison Escapes of Pascal Payet

    French criminal Pascal Payet was sent to prison in 1999 for his participation in a 1997 attack on an armored car during which a guard was killed. In 2001, Payet, in his first of three escapes from pri...

  • The Great Libby Prison Escape

    Libby Prison, in Richmond, Va., was known during the Civil War for its overcrowded conditions, rations so little prisoners starved to death and general cruelty of the commanders. As conditions steadil...

  • Frank Abagnale Jr’s Escape from Prison

    By 1971, Frank Abagnale Jr. had posed as a pilot, a physician and an attorney before being apprehended by the FBI and sent to the Federal Detention Center in Atlanta. The combination of an increase in...

  • Napoleon’s Escape from Elba

    Following a failed campaign in Russia, the people of France forced Napoleon to abdicate his throne, and the former emperor was sent into exile on the island of Elba in the spring of 1814. Acting on ru...

  • Escape from Alcatraz

    On June 11, 1962, three inmates of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary escaped the island prison in San Francisco Bay. Brothers Alfred and John Anglin and Frank Morris planned for almost a year with a fourt...

  • The Angola Three

    In the 1970s, Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola after the original grounds, had a reputation as one of the bloodiest prisons in the South: new inmates were routinely forced into sexual sla...

 

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