This Week in History

This Week in History: How Halloween Began
This Week in History

This Week in History: How Halloween Began

October 31 is one of the most anticipated days of the year for children as they await the trick-or-treating that always comes with this holiday. While some of the Halloween traditions, such as dressing in costume and asking for candy, seem innocent and even fun, the history behind them is […]

This Week in History: Nov. 3 Anniversaries
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This Week in History: Nov. 3 Anniversaries

What are you doing on Lucan’s birthday? Perhaps you are celebrating Dominica’s 36th Independence day. Or maybe you’re viewing your TimeHop pictures of last year’s solar eclipse. Whatever you have planned today, take a minute to see what other important events there are to be noted. Four hundred and eighty […]

This Week in History: The Legend of Valentine’s Day
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This Week in History: The Legend of Valentine’s Day

How many times have you casually walked into a store around Valentine’s Day and nearly screamed as you were bombarded by the sight of everything pink, red, sugary and fluffy. After this terrifying experience you begin to wonder if Valentine’s Day is actually a real holiday or just one made […]

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Tea Anyone? The History Behind the Boston Tea Party

This month marks the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, a symbolic act of defiance against unfair government. Late at night on Dec. 16, 1773, a group of Colonists dressed themselves a Native Americans and crept on board a ship loaded with tea. They proceeded to dump this precious […]

This Month in History: How the World Wars Affect Us Today
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This Month in History: How the World Wars Affect Us Today

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, one minute’s silence is held in honor of all those who have died because of conflict since 1914. While the tragic events of the World Wars, and more recent conflicts, deserve remembrance in their own right, it is […]

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This Week in History: Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot

Every year, on the evening of the Nov. 5, the inhabitants of the British Isles swaddle themselves in as much clothing as possible and brave the autumn wind and rain in order to celebrate an event that took place over 400 years ago. Bonfires are lit, firework displays admired and […]

Wittenburg, Germany. Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church in this town. (Photo courtesy Project Opus Films)
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This Week in History: Posting of the 95 Theses

Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum, or “The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” was posted on the doors of Wittenberg Castle on October 31, 1517. The 95 Theses were 95 points, on absolution and baptism that stressed sola gratia (“grace alone”), sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”), and sola […]

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This Week in History: St. Patrick’s Day

Every year on March 17th, people pull out the green sweater from the back of their closets, listen to Celtic music, and proudly proclaim how much they love the Irish. The reason for this? St. Patrick’s Day, of course! St. Patrick’s Day became an official feast day of the Catholic […]

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This Week in History: Pride & Prejudice: A Celebration of 200 Years

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” With these words, Pride and Prejudice begins, and the reader enters into a whole new world, of dances, militia, and high society. Pride and Prejudice has been […]

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This Week in History: Pride & Prejudice

A Celebration for 200 Years “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” With these words, Pride and Prejudice begins, and the reader enters into a whole new world, of dances, militia, and high society. […]