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This Week in History: How Halloween Began
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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 […]

Politics: Learning to Protest From the Civil Rights Movement
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Politics: Learning to Protest From the Civil Rights Movement

On January 22, in the freezing cold, pro-lifers grouped together for the March for Life in Washington D.C., protesting abortion and urging political figures to stop it. Although it may seem like pro-life supporters are losing, a record number of abortion clinics shut down this past year, and many states […]

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 […]

From Saint to Santa Suit: The Evolution of Santa Claus
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From Saint to Santa Suit: The Evolution of Santa Claus

Everyone has heard of Santa Claus, whether through the mall advertisements—“A visit from Saint Nicholas”—or any picture book about Christmas. But who is this man? Where did he come from? Did he always have that round belly and red suit? It is intriguing to find out where this myth came […]

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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 […]

Urban Myths about Halloween
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Urban Myths about Halloween

As the Halloween season approaches, don’t fall off your broom with fright—-these four urban myths are simply tricks! Urban Myth #1: Candy Tampering In the 1970s, parents began hearing stories of candy that had been altered or poisoned purposefully. Popcorn balls and apples were said to be the biggest culprits, […]