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Famous Criminals

Portrayed in the 1930s as modern-day Robin Hoods, Bonnie and Clyde did sometimes steal from the rich and give to the poor. At other times they killed people for no reason. Learn what happened to this strange, criminal duo.

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20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide


For 100 days, the Hutus in the African country of Rwanda armed themselves with machetes and brutally killed their own countrymen, the Tutsi. Approximately 800,000 Tutsis were killed in this horrible genocide. Learn more.  

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Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Sir Ernest Shackleton was an experienced seaman and adventurer, who was known for having gone "furthest south" until Roald Amundsen swooped in and became the first to reach the South Pole. Undaunted, Shackleton created a new expedition that was to attempt to cross Antarctica on foot.

The expedition, however, failed at its beginning when Shackleton's ship, the Endurance, got stuck in ice just 200 miles from their destination. The story of their survival out in one of the coldest, most inhospitable climates on Earth is more than just amazing -- it's astounding. Find out more about the adventures of Shackleton and his crew during their voyage to the bottom of the Earth.

History Quote of the Week

Thursday March 27, 2014

"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath." -- by author F. Scott Fitzgerald

For more: History Quotes, Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Monday March 24, 2014
The novel The Great Gatsby is required reading in almost every high school these days, yet when it was published, F. Scott Fitzgerald had no idea that he was to be remembered as one of the greatest American writers. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a big drinker and loved to party, both of which hindered his writing and ultimately led to his death at the early age of 44. Learn more about the fascinating life of author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Monday March 24, 2014
On March 24, 1989, the oil-tanker Exxon Valdez hit a submerged reef off the coast of Alaska, ripping holes in its hull. Since emergency crews were slow to respond, the Exxon Valdez ultimately spilled 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into the beautiful Prince William Sound. Find out how the horrible Exxon Valdez oil spill happened and what damage it did to the wildlife.

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