Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Adam Norris has helped many students pass the APUSH exam!  The exam is divided into 9 periods, and he has a video for every period!  It is quite astounding.  My students will through out the year watch these amazing videos.  You need to watch 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3 Fill-In-The-Blank Guides.  When you go to Apushreview.com - click on "New Curriculum" tab to go to the videos. Below is the link to his outstanding website!

This Day In History

22 Aug, 1902 - President Theodore Roosevelt
1902 : President Theodore Roosevelt during his tour of New England became the first President to ride in an automobile in public when he was driven round Hartford in a Victoria automobile. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august22nd.html

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Welcome Back To School!

To - Do List

This Day In History

1996 - Rwanda Refugees Return
1996 : Sixty United Nations trucks plowed through mud, bringing 8,000 Rwandan refugees back to the country they left two years ago. Some of the Hutu refugees were frightened of returning to face the new Tutsi government. During the genocide Hutus slaughtered a half million Tutsis. Thirty-five thousand Rwandans remained in Burundi refugee camps.

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august21st.html

This Day In History

1996 - U.S.A. Minimum Hourly Wage $5.15
1996 : The Minimum hourly wage is raised to $5.15 an hour an increase of 90 cents. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august20th.html

This Day In History

19 Aug, 1934 - Germany Adolph Hitler
, 1934 : The German people vote to give Adolph Hitler complete power combining the positions of chancellor and president into the position of the Fuehrer. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august19th.html

Friday, August 18, 2017

One person can change the world!

What this man did was astounding!  Everyone should know his story and name!

This Day In History

18 Aug, 1920 - 19th Amendment
18th August, 1920 : The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution proposed on June 4th, 1919 and ratified when Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it on this day in history guaranteeing women the right to vote, the fight for this right by the women's suffragette movement for 10 years had forced this change. Available as a downloadable image on our 27 Amendments To The Constitution Of The United States Public Domain Images Page. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august18th.html

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This Day In History

17 Aug, 1987 - Dublin Celebrates Diamond Jubilee
17th August, 1987 : In Ireland, Dublin city was celebrating its diamond jubilee. Although the city was much older, it had been a borough for 85 years. Modern and old fashioned events were planned. Rides in helicopters and balloons were proposed with carriage rides and games of horse shoes. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august17th.html

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This Day In History

16 Aug, 1931 - India Gandhi
16th August, 1931 : After the doldrums of world war, Mahatma Gandhi in India offered hope and inspiration to his own people and those around the world. He was empathetic and loyal to those living in poverty and would not participate in the caste system. Even so, wealthy Indians vied to entertain him. Gandhi sold all his possessions and gave them to the poor. His people called him “mahatma” meaning “great soul.” 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august16th.html

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Step Outside The Box

This Day In History

15 Aug, 1969 - U.S.A. Woodstock Music Festival
15th August, 1969 : The Woodstock Music Festival opens with 500,000 rock music fans going to this Peace and Harmony Music Festival the groups who performed includes some of the greatest performers of late 60s pop music . Day 1 Richie Havens, Swami Satchidnanda, Country Joe McDonald, John B. Sebastion, Sweetwater, Incredible String Band, Bert Somner, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shanker, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Biaz Day 2 Quill, Keef Hartley Band, Santana, Canned Heat, Grateful Dead, Mountain, Credence Clearwater Revival, Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin, The Who. Day 3 Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, Ten Years After, The Band, Day 4Blood Sweat and Tears, Johny Winter, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha-Na-Na, Jimi Hendrix. How many chances are there to see this type of talent assembled in one place playing live music. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august15th.html

Thursday, August 10, 2017

This Day In History

14 Aug, 1935 - Social Security Bill Signed
14th August, 1935 : Following the huge unemployment and suffering during the Depression President Roosevelt signed the social security bill providing unemployment compensation and pensions for the elderly. 

Taken from:http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august14th.html 

This Day In History

13 Aug, 1961 - East Germany Border Closed To West Germany
13th August, 1961 : German communists closed the border between East and West Germany stopping refugees from leaving and Going to West Germany , they also started laying barbed wire as the first step to building the Berlin Wall.

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august13th.html

Revolution of 1800

This Day In History

12 Aug, 1981 - IBM Releases It's First Personal Computer
12th August, 1981 : IBM released its first PC, or personal computer, the IBM 5150 which sold for around $1,600 as a basic config but to get a fully working PC with with 64 kb of RAM and a single 5 1/4 inch floppy drive and monitor cost $3,005. 
Specs for the Original IBM PC: 
An Intel 8088 processor running 4.77 MHz, PC-DOS 1.0, Floppy disk or cassette player, Hard Disc (Optional extra as an external 10MB hard disk), Memory 256 KB, TV-compatible video board 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august12th.html

This Day In History

11 Aug, 1929 - U.S.A. Babe Ruth
11th August, 1929 : Babe Ruth became the first player in the history of baseball to hit 500 home runs. 

Taken from:http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august11th.html 

This Day In History

10 Aug, 1921 - Franklin D. Roosevelt Polio
10th August, 1921 : While staying on holiday at his summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello, Franklin D. Roosevelt at 39 years old suffers from the first signs of Polio (paralytic poliomyelitis) during the next 7 days the paralysis spreads over the rest of his body. This was unusual even for the time because most cases of Polio were found in children, and some believe that it was wrongly diagnosed, but the future president did believe it was Polio and in later life set up "The March Of Dimes Foundation" to search for a cure for the disease. It would be 30 years before a vaccine was developed that would help eradicate the disease. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august10th.html

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TED Talk - Be Positive

This Day In History

9 Aug, 1925 - Ku Klux Klan Mass Meeting Washington
9th August, 1925 : Ku Klux Klan members flooded Washington in the thousands in the summer of 1925Pennsylvania Avenue was awash in white robes and official Klansmen asserted that they had met their quota of 50,000 marchers. As they awaited the speeches of high ranking Klan officials rain, thunder, and lightening broke up the crowd that met on Saturday. However, many stayed for meetings on Sunday. They went to the tomb of the unknown soldier and burned a gigantic cross. A huge number of women, garbed in white robes, marched alongside of the men. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august9th.html

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

This Day In History

8 Aug, 1974 - U.S.A. Nixon Resigns
8th August, 1974 : Richard Nixon Announces his resignation following the Watergate Scandal During a nationally televised broadcast. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august8th.html

Monday, August 7, 2017

This Day In History

6 Aug, 1945 - Nuclear Bomb Hiroshima
6th August, 1945 : An atomic bomb was used containing more power than 12,000 tons of TNT and producing more than 2,000 times the blast of the most powerful bomb ever dropped before was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare. The bomb nicknamed "Little Boy" with 130 pounds of uranium-235 produced the equivalent to about 13 kilotons of TNT. On August 9, 1945, America dropped the second Atom bomb on Nagasaki effectively ending the war when Japan announced their surrender. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august6th.html

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dicaprio's Success

This Day In History

7 Aug, 1964 - Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
7th August, 1964 : Gulf of Tonkin Resolution is passed which will allow President Lyndon B. Johnson authorization for increased use of military force in Southeast Asia, without a formal declaration of war by Congress. The resolution is in response to the attack by three North Vietnamese torpedo boats on the US Destroyer Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin on August 2nd

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august7th.html

Thursday, August 3, 2017

This Day In History

5 Aug, 1920 - Women’s’ Suffrage Movement
5th August, 1920 : Senator Harding of Tennessee wired republican leaders to ask for support for the women’s’ suffrage movement in the legislature. The general assembly of Tennessee was on the brink of deciding whether it would support the cause or not. Senator Harding sent telegrams to two leading women in the suffrage movement -- Mrs.Carrie Chapman Catt and Mrs.George Milton -- telling them it looked hopeful for women getting the vote in Tennessee. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august5th.html

This Day In History

4 Aug, 1944 - Anne Frank Captured
4th August, 1944 : The Nazi Gestapo captures 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august4th.html

Find Your Joy

This Day In History

3 Aug, 1914 - World War I Declaration of War
3rd August, 1914 : Germany and France Declare war on the other signaling the beginning of the first World War. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august3rd.html

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

This Day In History

2 Aug, 1934 - Germany Hitler
2nd August, 1934 : Adolf Hitler, the chancellor of Germany, became the country's Fuhrer (president and chancellor) today after German President Paul Von Hindenburg died. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august2nd.html

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This Day In History

1 Aug, 1968 - UK Apple Records
1st August, 1968 : The Beatles finish recording their first record "Hey Jude" for Apple Records part of Apple Corps Ltd which they had created earlier in the year, it is released on 26th August with the B side "Revolution". The "Hey Jude" single went to number 1 on September 28th and stayed #1 for 9 weeks. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/august1st.html

Monday, July 31, 2017


This Day In History

31 July, 2001 - Napster Closed Down
31st July, 2001 : Napster is finally closed down by court order following an injunction on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) . Napster had grown in just two short years from just a few visitors and file swappers to multiple millions of visitors sharing music mostly in the form of MP3's depriving the music industry of millions of dollars. And in 2002 Napster was forced to file for Chapter 11 protection but an American bankruptcy judge forced Napster to liquidate its assets according to Chapter 7 of the U.S. bankruptcy laws. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july31st.html

Sunday, July 30, 2017

This Day In History

30 July, 1943 - Germany Adolf Hitler
30th July, 1943 : Adolf Hitler is informed that Italy is planning to negotiate surrender terms with the Allies in light of Mussolini's fall from power. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july30th.html

Saturday, July 29, 2017

This Day In History

29 July, 1981 - UK Charles and Diana Marriage
29th July, 1981 : Prince Charles marries Lady Diana at a royal ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral, it is estimated 500 million television viewers in 74 countries tune in to witness the fairy tale marriage. 

Taken from:http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july29th.html

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Walk Beside Me!

The Power of Friendship

This Day In History

1932 U.S.A. "Bonus Army" World War I veterans 28th July 1932 : Federal troops under the order of President Hoover forcibly dispersed the "Bonus Army" of ( 17,000 World War I veterans ) who had gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 17th to demand money they weren't scheduled to receive until 1945. The troops under the command of General Douglas MacArthur and Major George S. Patton are ordered to charge into the veterans and were sent to destroy the temporary shacks in the Bonus Army's camps in Hooverville on the Anacostia Flats forcing the marchers out. By the end of the day hundreds of veterans were injured, and several were killed. 
The World War I Vets like every body else in the country were suffering with no jobs and money during these early years of the great depression and wanted the Service Certificates they had earned while fighting in World War I paid out early. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july28th.html

This Day In History

1909 U.S.A. Orville Wright 27th July 1909 : The world's airplane record for two men, was broken in a flight of one hour, twelve minutes and forty seconds over fifty miles and at a speed averaging about forty miles an hour by Orville Wright and Lieutenant Frank P. Lahm, of the army signal corps, as passenger. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july27th.html

This Day In History

1956 Egypt Suez Crisis Begins 26th July 1956 : The Suez Crisis begins when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the British and French-owned Suez Canal hoping to charge tolls that would pay for construction of of the Aswan dam on the Nile . 

Taken from:http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july26th.html

When Did America Become A Superpower?

Historians ask and debate questions all the time. I love for my students to tackle those questions, and come up with their own answers. One questions historians always pose is when did America become a superpower? After the Spanish American War, or after World War 2? The best part is their is no wrong answer.  Many historians say both, but overwhelmingly historians agree America became a Superpower after World War 2.  I would agree with that.

Many argue America became a Superpower after the Spanish American War due to it being the first time America gets involved with World Affairs.  Studying American History is interesting due to the first 119 years America stayed to itself.  I always thought America had a geographic advantage.  There are two large oceans in between America allowing them to not get involved.  There were many cases when another country asked America to get involved, but till 1898 she always said no.

This actually became an American tradition due to her first president - George Washington. He created the idea of isolationism.  America listened to her first president.  She stayed out of foreign entanglements, and every president till FDR only served two terms due to him only serving two terms.

Everything changed in 1898 when America declared war on Spain to save her colony - Cuba.  When World War Two happened in 1941 FDR went on the radio and said after this war America will go back to being isolationist.  But that will never happen.  America emerges as a superpower.  

America emerges as a superpower due to economic reasons.  The world was broke, and America had money.  She was an industrial giant.  So when did America become a superpower?  There is no wrong answer.

This Day In History

25 July, 1917 - France Mata Hari
25th July, 1917 : The exotic dancer Mata Hari is sentenced to execution by firing squad by a French court for spying on Germany's behalf during World War I. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july25th.html

Monday, July 24, 2017

This Day In History

24 July, 1911 - U.S.A. Discovery of Manchu Picchu
24th July, 1911 : Hiram Bingham finds Manchu Picchu in the Andes. He was a professor of history at Yale, and was performing the expedition as a member of that faculty. He was able to confirm its location on July 24th . He returned to excavate the site in 1912

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july24th.html

Sunday, July 23, 2017

This Day In History

23 July, 1964 - U.S.A. War On Poverty
23rd July, 1964 : President Lyndon B. Johnson began pushing for a War on Poverty requesting $962,000 from Congress for improving literacy, drug rehabilitation and employment programs. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july23rd.html

Friday, July 21, 2017

You Never Know

This Day In History

22 July, 1937 - U.S.A. Supreme Court
22nd July, 1937 : President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed to add five new justices to the Supreme Court, this was because the Supreme Court were overturning many of his programs and he believed if he placed an additional 5 new justices chosen by him he would get his legislation through. Much to his dismay the Senate turned down his proposal. 

Taken from:http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july22nd.html 

This Day In History

21 July, 1925 - U.S.A. The Monkey Trial
21st July, 1925 : John T. Scopes convicted of violating Tennessee state law for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in the "Monkey Trial." The conviction was later overturned. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/july21st.html