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Happy 50th Anniversary of Being 100 Years Old, Canada!

In 1967—50 years ago—Canada celebrated its centennial, commemorating its official founding 100 years early in 1867. Here are some of the most fun highlights from the Great White North’s year-long celebration of all things Canadian. There Was a Special Song One of the most popular singer-songwriters of the ‘70s was Canadian star Gordon Lightfoot. He […]

The First Kids of Canada

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau is the first “second generation” leader in the nation’s modern history—his father was Pierre Trudeau, PM of Canada from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984. Here’s a look at what some of the other offspring of Canadian prime ministers did with their lives.

It’s Flag Day

Today is a holiday commemorating the history of the American national flag, and all that it stands for. Additionally, each of the 50 states has its own flag—here are some stories about those. The Alaska state flag predates Alaskan statehood. It depicts the North Star and the Big Dipper in gold against a dark blue […]

Rockin’ Out With Manuel Noriega

The ousted leader of Panama died last week at the age of 83. Here’s the bizarre story about the unique tactic U.S. military forces used to ensure his surrender.  After serving most of the last three decades incarcerated in Florida, France, and his home nation of Panama, as well as under house arrest, Manuel Noriega […]

Today is Memorial Day

Here’s a little history about this day of remembrance and reflection. History Memorial Day grew out of commemorations of the Civil War. Graves of those lost in the War Between the States were decorated with flowers and flags as early as 1861 in Virginia, caught on in Georgia in 1862, and in Pennsylvania in 1863, […]