Browsing: July 15

A Brief History On July 15, 2006, the social media vehicle known as Twitter was launched, and quickly became an essential part of electronic communications in the United States and world-wide.  Created by Noah Glass, Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey, the social networking device caught on with frightening speed, and became one of our most important and prevalent sources of information. Digging Deeper By 2016 there were well over 300 million users of Twitter, and on election day 2016 over 40 million ‘tweets’ were sent regarding election news.  Williams and Glass had founded an internet search and directory…

A Brief History On July 15, 1954, the first prototype of what became the Boeing 707 and US Air Force C-135 family of airplanes made its first flight.  Many airplanes have served a dual role well, moving cargo and people for civilian purposes or the same for the military.  Sometimes a military airplane might be an ideal test aircraft for scientific purposes, or as a weather observing plane.  Here we list 10 of these airplanes that have done double duty, and of course there are many more.  How many more can you think of? Digging Deeper 10. Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny.” The most…

A Brief History The media, reinforced by politicians on both sides has given the public the impression that there is some sort of war on Black males going on in the United States, especially by White police officers.  Is this perception a case of “Dog Bites Man” (police doing their job) or a manufactured case of “Man Bites Dog” geared to arouse public passion and sell air time? As an important note, before reading onward, please keep in mind that the statistics discussed in this article are about recent history, i.e. from the 1990s to the present.  In the centuries before…

A Brief History This article present a chronological history of Jerusalem! Digging Deeper On Good Friday, somewhere around 33 CE Jesus of Nazareth, prophet to Islam and Judaism, the Christ and Savior to Christians, was crucified by the Romans in Jerusalem. Crucifixion was a particularly brutal and drawn out process of execution often reserved for “dangerous” criminals, ones that threatened the status quo.   On August 4, 70 A.D., the Romans punished the rebellious Jews by destroying the Second Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  In 66 A.D. the Jews had rebelled against Roman rule, and 4 years later the Romans…

A Brief History On July 15, 1838 while delivering a speech at Harvard Divinity School, Ralph Waldo Emerson described Jesus as a “great man,” but not “God.”  He further caused a furor by discounting the miracles attributed to Jesus in the Bible as not true. One of the guiding lights of the 19th Century philosophical Transcendentalist Movement, Emerson was a prolific writer of essays and a speech maker, and was a friend and mentor to Henry David Thoreau. In 1836, his essay, Nature, became the foundation of Transcendentalism, and his 1837 speech he called The American Scholar was called by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. America’s “intellectual…

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