Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This Day In History

1934 U.S.A. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow 23rd May 1934 : Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and gunned down with over 100 rounds of ammunition by police in Black Lake, Louisiana. Following the deaths of Bonnie and Clyde slain in Louisiana by federal agents, their bodies are being transported back to Texas and are to be buried in separate graves in different parts of Dallas. They were inseparable in life committing robberies and murders side by side across the nation but in death Bonnies mother has stated Clyde took her daughter away from her but she will take her daughter back in death against bonnies last wishes.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were notorious during the great depression years as outlaws, they were featured in newspapers through out the country because of their escapades robbing banks , small stores and gas stations. They became notorious not because they robbed and killed so many but because of the authorities inability to catch them. Many thought them as heroes because of their status as a modern day "Robin Hood" but reality is they killed ordinary people and did not "Give To The Poor". 
While researching for this piece I came across one of Bonnie Parkers Poems and I have included a few of the verses below this was written just a short time before her death

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may23rd.html

Monday, May 22, 2017

This Day In History

22 May, 1989 - China Tiananmen Square in Beijing
22nd May, 1989 : Students have now occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing for the 10th day protesting for the pro-democracy movement in China , the total number now exceeds 45,000 and conditions are worsening and the Government in China is considering ways to quell the protesters after the military has stated they will not attack the protesters. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may22nd.html

Sunday, May 21, 2017

On Tyranny

This last week I saw Timothy Snyder talk about his new book on the Daily Show!  It was fascinating due to him being a historian.  He said to understand an idea you must look back!  I loved that idea!  Many people are declaring that Trump is a tyrant.  That is one of his biggest criticism!  His ideas are thought provoking.  I cannot wait to read it!  Below is Synder discussing his book!

This Day In History

21 May, 1881 - U.S.A. American Red Cross
21st May, 1881 : Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters as part of the International Federation of Red Cross Societies. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may21st.html

This Day In History

20 May, 1961 - U.S.A. "Freedom Riders"
20th May, 1961 : An angry mob consisting of all white's attacked a busload of Freedom Riders (Freedom Riders were testing the United States Supreme Court decision Boynton v. Virginia, that gave them a legal right to disregard local segregation ordinances regarding interstate transportation facilities) in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in United States marshals to restore order. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may20th.html

Friday, May 19, 2017

This Day In History

19 May, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe Performs Rendition of "Happy Birthday"
19th May, 1962 : Marilyn Monroe performed a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for President John F. Kennedy for his forty-fifth birthday during a fund-raiser at New York's Madison Square Garden. The dress she wore that night was noted for being sheer and flesh colored with 2500 rhinestones sewn into it and designed by Jean Louis. The dress sold in 1999 at auction in New York for over US$1.26 million. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may19th.html

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This Day In History

18 May, 1929 - U.S.A. Al Capone
18th May, 1929 : Al Capone is today in prison following his plea of guilty to the minor charge of carrying a concealed weapon, it is believed he pled guilty to these offences to help him stay safe in prison, he is best known for his domination of the Chicago Beer Runners and is believed to have been behind the St Valentines Day massacre. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may18th.html

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This Day In History

17 May, 1936 - U.S.A. New Deal
17th May, 1936 : A number of proposals are being looked at to finance " The New Deal " program including a flat tax on all corporate income, and also an increase in the normal income tax rate from 4% to 5%. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may17th.html

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This Day In History

16 May, 1929 - U.S.A. First Academy Awards
16th May, 1929 : The First ever Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards were handed out at a banquet held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may16th.html

Monday, May 15, 2017

This Day In History

15 May, 1940 - U.S.A. Nylon Stockings
15th May, 1940 : Nylon stockings from DuPont (Nylon invented in 1935 by Wallace Carothers) went on general sale for the first time in the United States. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may15th.html

Friday, May 12, 2017

This Day In History

14 May, 1804 - U.S.A. The Lewis and Clark Expedition
14th May, 1804 : The Lewis and Clark expedition started from Camp Dubois, near present day Hartford, Illinois on this day in 1804. They reached the Pacific Ocean on November 20th, 1805. They arrived back to St. Louis, Missouri on September 23rd 1806. 

Taken from:http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may14th.html 

Your thoughts become your world!

This Day In History

13 May, 1981 - Vatican Pope John Paul II Shot
13th May, 1981 : Pope John Paul II, is shot in St Peter's Square in Rome in front of 20,000 worshipers. Police in the square apprehended Turkish citizen Mehmet Ali Agca after the shooting. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may13th.html

This Day In History

12 May, 1937 - England King George VI
12th May, 1937 : King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey. King George was second in line to the throne but following his younger brother Edward who abdicated so he could marry American socialite Wallis Simpson he became King. King George's wife was the much loved Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon much better known as "Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother", who died at the grand old age of 102 on March 30th 2002. Their oldest daughter Queen Elizabeth is current Queen of England. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may12th.html

This Day In History

11 May, 1934 - U.S.A. Dust Storm 1,500 miles long
11th May, 1934 : A huge dust storm is spotted moving from the Midwest. The dust storm was 1,500 miles long, 900 miles across and two miles high, covering almost one-third of the country. Farmers lost large amounts of Topsoil during just a few years the phenomenon was known as ( The Dust bowl Years during the 1930s). The combination of large areas of landing becoming dust bowls making food production bad and the depression caused by the 29 crash all contributed to the time in History Known as "The Great Depression" 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may11th.html

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Healthcare Is A Right!

Everyone must see this!  For a small moment you get to see a parent's love!  And I gurantee your parent's love you this much! You might not care now, but when you need it you'll be thankful for Insurance!

This Day In History

10 May, 1924 - U.S.A. J. Edgar Hoover
10th May, 1924 : J. Edgar Hoover is appointed by President Calvin Coolidge to be the Sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation (BOI), the name is changed in 1936 and J. Edgar Hoover becomes the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and served until 1972. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may10th.html

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

This Day In History

9 May, 1994 - Ebola Virus Outbreak
9th May, 1994 : The first cases of the Ebola Virus in the latest outbreak in Gabon, are identified which cause the death of 9 of those infected with the virus. Further Ebola Virus outbreaks occur in: 
Gabon, in February 1995 (37 cases including 21 deaths) 
Gabon, in July 1996 (60 cases including 45 deaths) 
A Further Ebola Virus epidemic occurs in Kikwit, the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1995 with 315 cases, 250 of which had fatal outcomes. 
(Figures From World Health Organization) 
The strain of Ebola which broke out in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) has one of the highest case fatality rates of any human pathogenic virus, at roughly 90%. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may9th.html

Monday, May 8, 2017

This Day In History

8 May, 1945 - VE Day / Victory In Europe Declared
8th May, 1945 : President Truman and Prime minister Churchill declared victory in Europe today, celebrating the defeat of Nazi Germany. Following the announcement huge crowds, many dressed in red, white and blue, gathered outside Buckingham Palace in London and were cheered as the King, Queen and two Princesses came out onto the balcony. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may8th.html

Sunday, May 7, 2017

BTW Prom 2017

Prom was fantastic!  Ms. Chunu and the Juniors did a great job at their enchanted Forrest.  Here are some highlights:

About to leave.  It was raining so I embraced my curly hair!

Going to miss him next year!

So great to see one of my first students - Nash!

I'm going to Bishop - He is going to be a famous trumpet player!

Two awesome sophomores who helped Mackenzie and Brooklyn

Mr. Hornet and Billy

Lily and Sally

Made my day to see these guys!

Love Mr. New - This our 12th Prom!

This Day In History

7 May, 1947 - U.S.A. Levittown, New York
7th May, 1947 : Levitt and Sons, Builders announce a 2,000 home rental community at Island Trees later becoming Levittown, Hempstead, Long Island, New York ideal for GI's returning home following the end of World War II, the project used a new type of construction based on mass-production housing never used before, due to the prefabricated design they could build 30 houses a day. Following the success of the project they announced a further 4,000 homes which would be for sale not rental, offering ownership on a 30-year mortgage with no down payment and monthly costs the same as rental. After two years they began offering a larger home "a ranch house" 32 feet by 25 feet ( 800 Sq Ft ) for $7,990. The concept was copied all over the United States and modern suburbia was born. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may7th.html

Thursday, May 4, 2017

This Day In History

6 May, 1882 - U.S.A. Chinese Exclusion Act
6th May, 1882 : Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years. 

Taken from:http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may6th.html 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

This Day In History

5 May, 1955 - UK Polio Vaccine
5th May, 1955 : Over 500,000 people in the UK have now received the Salk polio vaccine and since the death of Birmingham City full back Jeff Hall from Polio last month, there has been a sharp rise in the demand for the vaccine but local health departments have run out and now ordered an extra million doses. We take it for granted that our children and grandchildren are safe from Polio, but this is only because governments, scientists and the people worked together that Polio is now no longer the threat it was. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may5th.html

May the Fourth Be With You!

This Day In History

4 May, 1970 - U.S.A. Kent State University Shootings
4th May, 1970 : After a number of days of protest against US invasion of Cambodia the National Guards fired on protesters at Kent State University and 4 were killed and a further 10 were injured. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young sang about it with the song "Tin Soldiers." 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may4th.html

This Day In History

3 May, 1943 - England Possible German Invasion
3rd May, 1943 : Plans are in place to combat an invasion by Germany of England later this year as they are thought to favor invading England which would complete the conquest of Western Europe rather than continuing into Russia. ( History tells us that the decision in the end was to march into Russia and many historians wonder if the war would have been very different if they had gone for England ) 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may3rd.html

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

APUSH Score Calculator

Here is a website where you can plug in possible scores on the APUSH exam, and it tells  you what your score would be.  My hope is that this eases your fears, and let's you know that success is possible!  Have FUN!

APUSH Score Calculator

This Day In History

2 May, 2011 - Osama Bin Laden Killed by US Forces
2nd May, 2011 : Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been found and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan in an operation carried out by United States Navy Seals. He announced the raid on Bin Laden's compound had lasted about forty minutes, four other people had been killed in the raid, and that Bin Laden's body was buried at sea according to Islamic standards. The death of the man many believed to be responsible for the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks was celebrated across the United States and many other parts of the world. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may2nd.html

Monday, May 1, 2017

This Day In History

1 May, 2003 - U.S.A. George W. Bush announces major combat in Iraq is over
1st May, 2003 : President George W. Bush on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast announces in a speech to the nation, major combat in Iraq is over. 

Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/may1st.html

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy Earth Day - April 22nd!

WW2 and Cold War

Here are the videos I told you guys about.  They will help you understand important ideas and concepts.

World War 2 and Japanese Internment

APUSH was restructured 2 years ago, and they made the experiences of minorities crucial to AP US History.  So being familiar with Japanese Internment would be good, and it is mentioned in the Key Concept.  I showed the shortened version in class, but the full one is worth the watch!

Cold War Beginnings

The video found at YouTube - search Untold History: Stalin, the Soviet Union and WWII - explains nicely Stalin's position during and after WW2.  It is an eye opener!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Band of Brothers

This week US History Survey will begin Band of Brothers. The unbelievable true story about the journey of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne in Europe during World War 2!  They start at D-Day jumping behind enemy lines to capturing Eagles Nest (Hitler's Summer Home in Switzerland).  You see their courage and struggle!  

Do NOT Forget your parent permission slip!  You cannot  watch without it!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Booker T just had our 3rd annual MS Coin Drive, and I am extremely proud to announce the school raised $1585!!!!

I am still in disbelief!  The winning class was Mrs. Howland who raised over $460!!!!  They get a pizza party!

Here is more of my story!  My doctor, Dr. Pardo, picked me to be a featured patient.  He is a MS researcher, and it is a 3 year waiting list to see him.  This is the video his office made!