History

July 6, 2022

Get a Written History of the Ballpoint Pen, One of the World’s Most Popular Writing Tools

Today, there are many different ways of writing in ink. However, the most popular and prevalent instrument is the ballpoint pen. Its modern design channels thick, oil-based ink through a steel tip that “rolls” over the writing surface. So, how did the ballpoint pen come to be? Well, its invention did not happen overnight. After American John J.

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June 22, 2022

How the Stonewall Riots Forever Changed History

Each June, the LGBTQIA+ community comes out in full force to make their voices heard. Pride Month is a time of celebration and a time for activism. And while so many important victories have been won by the gay community in the last few decades, it wasn't so long ago that things were quite different. Yet, one night sparked a fire that would change the course of history.

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May 25, 2022

The Fascinating Story of Yaupon America’s Lost Native Tea Tradition

In 2020, the United States imported $473 million worth of tea, mostly from Asia. But did you know, that America has its own indigenous tea? If you didn’t, you are not alone. In fact, many people in the southeast United States grow this plant in their backyard without ever knowing that they are, in fact, growing tea. Yaupon tea is an herbal tea made from the leaves of the Yaupon holly.

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May 3, 2022

Restored Footage Gives a Taste of San Francisco Before the 1906 Earthquake

At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, just as San Francisco, California, was beginning to wake, an earthquake lasting less than a minute shook the city to its core. The tremors ignited fire after fire around the city, which burned for three days. The disaster killed an estimated 3,000 people and left half of the city’s 400,000 residents homeless as buildings toppled and burned.

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