Category Archives: History

Travel Tip: Navajo National Monument

By Mike Koopsen The Navajo National Monument has two of the most impressive and well preserved Native American cliff dwellings that I have seen in the American Southwest. The Betatakin ruins can be seen from a distance after a short … Continue reading

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Halloween Fun in the Old Pueblo

Halloween can be fun for all ages, and this weekend there are plenty of reasons to don your favorite costume and get out and about. Whether it’s food and music, a slice of history, games for the kids, or a … Continue reading

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This Day in History May 13

By Jim Turner West 1846 – Congress declared war with Mexico in reaction to the Thornton Affair. The Republic of Mexico asserted that the western/southern Texas border was the Nueces River, while Texas claimed it was the Rio Grande. On … Continue reading

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This Day in History, April 22nd

By Jim Turner World 1970 – Earth Day is celebrated for the first time. Thousands of college students, more than ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and millions of other Americans participated in educational programs, rallies, and marches. Senator Gaylord … Continue reading

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This Day in History, March 25th

By Jim Turner The World 421 CE – Legend has it that the Republic of Venice was founded on this day. The traditional belief is that authorities from Padua created the state at noon on Friday, when they established the church of … Continue reading

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This Day in History, March 18th

By Jim Turner In the World 1895 – On this date, two hundred former African slaves left Savannah, Georgia for their new homes in Liberia, Africa. Much of the aid for the trip came through the American Colonization Society (ACS). Founded … Continue reading

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This Day in History: March 11th

By Jim Turner In the World 1818 – Twenty-one-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley published Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. One rainy afternoon in Geneva, Switzerland, her friend the poet Lord Byron convinced Mary and her future husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, that they … Continue reading

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This Day in History — March 4th

In the West 1826 – Railroad pioneer Theodore Dehone Judah was born. He studied engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, worked on a number of railroads in the Northwest, then became chief engineer for California’s Sacramento Valley Railroad in 1854, the … Continue reading

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This Day in History – February 25th

In the World   1943 — George Harrison, lead guitarist for the Beatles, is born (died Nov. 29, 2001). Although Paul McCartney and John Lennon were the band’s leading songwriters, most albums included at least one composition by Harrison. His … Continue reading

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This Day in History – February 18th

By Jim Turner In the World In 1814, Napoleon defeated the Austrians and Württembergers at The Battle of Montereau, one of his greatest victories. The battle site, near the village of Montereau-Fault-Yonne in northern France, will be the future site … Continue reading

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