On Dec. 27, 1654, Jacob Bernoulli was born in Basel, Switzerland. The Bernoulli family had a remarkable influence on mathematics.
Boxing Day, December 26, is, like the American Black Friday, now a day for shopping, sales, and an extension of the Christmas holiday; it has a much more heartening beginning.
On Dec. 24, 1745, Benjamin Rush was born outside of Philadelphia; he became America’s eminent physician and “the father of American psychiatry.”
On Dec. 22, 1860, Austin Norman Palmer was born in St. Lawrence County, New York; he built a business based on his method of penmanship.
On Dec. 21, 1603, Roger Williams was born London. His independent spirit and attitude was too much for Puritan Massachusetts, and he established Providence Plantation (Rhode Island) as a place of religious freedom.
On Dec. 20, 1841, Ferdinand Buisson was born in Paris, France. Founder of the League for Human Rights, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926 for his work in education and protection of human rights.
On Dec. 19, 1899, Martin Luther King Sr. was born in Stockbridge, Ga. As pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta he was an early leader in the American civil rights movement.
This is a story of just one school, one brief moment at that school earlier today. The school is Pinehurst Elementary. Normally in the mornings, there is a Pinehurst officer on Dundee Road directing the knot of traffic that forms there as parents pull in to drop off their students ...
On Dec. 18, 1888, as cowboys Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason were gathering strays in Colorado, they discovered the abandoned cliff dwellings that came to be know as the Cliff Palace.
On Dec. 17, 1903, Orville Wright flew the first flight of a “powered, heavier-than-air machine that achieved controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard.”
On Dec. 15, 1832, Gustave Eiffel was born in Dijon, France. He designed the Statue of Liberty as well as the eponymous Tower in Paris.
Words... where are the words? How do you look at something like the school shooting in Connecticut and have the right words to express what's in my heart, the tears on the keyboard, the pain in my head? These mass shootings never get easier. Schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, parking ...
For anybody who is still adamant about the "right to bear arms"...glue yourselves to CNN today. Death toll in the horrendous Connecticut school shooting not confirmed...looks like more than 20, half of them children. The "people kill, not guns" argument rings hollow. Try it on parents of these dead kids. ...
On Dec. 14, 1972, at 5:55 p.m. EST, the Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt lifted off from the surface of the Moon. They were last humans to walk on the surface.
On Dec. 13, 1887, Alvin Cullum York was born near Pall Mall, Tenn. He was initially a conscientious objector to the draft in World War I, yet went on to win the Medal of Honor.
On Dec. 12, 1870, Walter Benona Sharp was born in Tipton County, Tennessee. He moved to Texas and became an iconic figure in the oil business.
On Dec. 11, 1918, Nobel Prize winner Alexandr Solzhenitsyn was born in Kislovodsk, Russia. His criticism of Russian army tactics in a letter to a friend landed him in the gulag.
On Dec. 8, 1765, Eli Whitney was born in Westborough, Mass. He was a teacher turned inventor; the cotton gin was one of his inventions.
On Dec. 4, 1969, a tactical squad from the Cook Co. State’s Attorney’ Office, with support from Chicago police and the FBI, killed Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, severely wounded his pregnant girl friend, and also killed Mike Clark.