A Brief History On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi, US Representative to Congress from California, was sworn in as the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States congress.  Once again, on January 4, 2018, she begins her first full day as Speaker of the House of Representatives having been sworn in for the second time yesterday.  Pelosi previously had tenure as Speaker of the House from 2007, when she became the first and only female Speaker of the House, to 2011, when the Democratic Party became the minority party in the House of Representatives and…

A Brief History On January 3, 2009, the Genesis block, the first of the blockchains, of the crypto-currency known as Bitcoin was first established online by creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, an alias for an unknown person or persons.  The form of “currency” invented by Nakamoto (or whatever) does not entail any tangible coins or paper money and is purely theoretical online tradable currency.  A decentralized payment system, Bitcoin allows financial transactions of many types to be conducted without the oversight or vagaries of governments or a central bank. Digging Deeper A crypto-currency is a system that uses digital data as a…

A Brief History On January 2, 533, Mercurius, son of Projectus, a Roman priest was elected Pope by the Catholic Church.  Mercurius, his name being derived from the pagan Roman messenger god, Mercury, thought his own name was inappropriate for one who would lead the Christian Church and decided to take another name instead of his own.  His chosen name under which to serve as Pope of the Catholic Church was John, and he became Pope John II.  The “John” he named himself after was not Saint John the Apostle, nor Saint John the Baptist, but instead was taken after…

A Brief History On January 1, 2019, History and Headlines presents some fake news stories you will probably not see or hear in 2019, but then again you never know.  On January 1, 2017, we reported about false news stories that really were run in the media during 2016.  This year, we make up our own fake news stories for your amusement.  Remember, these are not predictions or wishes on our part, even if some of them may seem to be.  Of course, no matter how improbable, some of these fake news stories might become real news stories, and if…

A Brief History On December 31, 2018, History and Headlines takes a look at one of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions that Americans claim to be dedicated to, at least as tallied by Google searches.  That resolution is to develop a healthier lifestyle, by losing weight, exercising, reducing stress and eating healthier.  We take a few minutes to offer some advice on how to achieve the goal of improving one’s health in a variety of ways.  Please feel free to offer any particularly good advice you believe may be helpful to other readers.  If you think we have offered…

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