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This week in history: The Mayflower

Monday, 11 November 2019 by

This week in 1620, passengers and crew aboard The Mayflower got their first glimpse of the New World, sighting modern-day Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The travelers spent a couple of days trying to sail further south to Virginia, their intended destination, but strong winds pushed them back to the natural harbor at Cape Cod. After

This week in history: Annie Edson Taylor

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 by

On October 24th 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to “raft” over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive. She accomplished this feat on her 63rd birthday with the intent of securing her finances, through speaking engagements and other publicity. Unfortunately, she never made much money from the venture – mostly because her

This week in history: Wright Flyer II

Monday, 23 September 2019 by

This should grab most kids’ attention — and teachers’ too. Usually, we publish our own articles, but CNN did a great job describing this. Just click the photo to go to the CNN article …

Did you know Great Britain essentially admitted that George Washington and the rest of the American Revolutionaries were right? And I don’t mean recently, like in an ambassador’s speech at a Fourth of July barbecue. It happened while veterans of the American Revolution still lived. America’s Founding Fathers did not originally want independence. During the

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