Category Archives: history

Happy Columbus Day

Five hundred and twenty-one years ago Rodrigo de Triana from the Pinta’s lookout spotted land at 2am. “Tierra, tierra.” This shout woke his shipmates and the captain of this small caravel fired a cannon to announced the epic discovery of land. Later that day the three ships of Christopher Columbus or Cristoforo Colombo arrived at […]

October 8

October 8 has been the date of many important historical events. In 1600 San Marino adopted its written constitution. In 1956 New York Yankees’s Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series. In 1967 Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia. And in 2001 U.S. President George W. Bush […]

Hasankeyf The Undrowned

The Turkish town of Hasankeyf has existed on the Tigris River for over 12,000 years. This ancient community is now threatened by flooding with the completion of the Ilisu Dam. People had inhabited the spot in the Middle Bronze Age under the Hurrian kings. Its name then is lost to the dust of time, however […]

Yesterday Gone Tomorrow

Back in 2010 my friends left Raspberry Island off Acadia in Maine en route to Millbrook, New York. They experienced a long delay at the Maine Turnpike’s Kittery toll booth. “That’s to be expected there and then.” It was the weekend and everyone was heading north or south. “I was still hell,” said my friend. […]

Handwriting History

Historians attributed authorship of the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Jefferson, despite the Second Continental Congress appointing Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston to aid in the writing of this document. Jefferson wrote the first draft from June 11 to June 28, after which John Adams and Benjamin Franklin revised the text. […]