A Brief History On July 16, 1862, we commemorate the birthday of a significant African-American woman, Ida Wells (who first developed statistics on lynching in the US). In honor of this historic Black American Woman, today we choose to highlight the accomplishments of Eight Great Black American Women, having previously recognized “8 Great Black American Men.” There is no significance to the order of the list, so feel free to opine about who should be rated in what order if you wish. Also, feel free to nominate other American women of African descent that you would add to the list.…

A Brief History On July 15, 1815, Emperor Napoleon I of France surrendered to the British aboard the HMS Bellerophon. We have previously used this historic occasion to commemorate 10 ships that had nifty, martial sounding names that seemed likely to inspire their crews. (We have also noted goofy ship names in the past, “June 5, 1829: 10 Goofy Names for Ships”.) Today we name 10 More Ships with Cool Names since we certainly did not get all the good ones the first time. What ship names would you add to the list? (As previously noted, the British are undeniably…

A Brief History On July 14, 1938, Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. defied death and danger by flying his Lockheed 14 Super Electra around the world in a record time of 81 hours. Despite his great wealth, Hughes flew as a test pilot on airplanes under development and in record setting attempts, risking his wealthy life in the process. Throughout history there have been rich people that take seemingly unnecessary chances with their lives either for the thrill of the event or because they are doing what they love. Today we list some of those risk taking wealthy dare devils. Who…

A Brief History On July 13, 2018, probably not coincidentally Friday the 13th, the new blockbuster animated film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, opens at theaters across the United States. If you and your family are in the mood for even more of the animated monsters and the fun they generate, then this third installment of the Adam Sandler as Dracula franchise is for you. Featuring the same characters as the first two films and the same wonderful voice cast, the movie is sure to keep the family interested with colorful scenes and jokes galore. Digging Deeper Adam Sandler, Andy…

A Brief History On July 12, 2018, the world celebrates the safe rescue of a dozen Thai boys and their soccer team coach from what seemed like certain death deep in a flooded cave. Found huddled in the cave in Thailand 4 kilometers (!) deep into the mountain 9 days after entering the cave, the world was astounded to find out the entire team was still alive. The next several days chronicled a most unlikely and heroic rescue attempt with many countries and individuals lending money and expertise to the incredibly difficult rescue attempt. The miraculous rescue was completed on…

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