Most know that this week marks the anniversary of the June 6 US-led invasion of Europe known as "D-Day," which turned the tide against Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany, bringing about the end of WWII. Many don’t know, however, that the first week of June is also remembered as the time when the post-war peace in Europe was established. This is all thanks to George Marshall.
Though a soldier in both the 1st and 2nd World Wars, George Marshall is best known to history as a man of peace. In fact, he's the only US soldier to have ever won the Nobel Peace Prize. Here's that story...Read More
Do you believe anyone is capable of an amazing discovery, regardless of class or gender?
Mary Anning did.
Mary Anning was born in 1799, in a coastal village in Dorset, England. Hers was a working-class family and existence was tough. Short of food and creature comforts, the family also suffered through frequent seaside storms. These were sometimes so severe, Mary and her family had to climb out the second-floor windows of their home to escape the flooding.
But it is said that every storm brings a silver lining. And, indeed, the wind and rain brought good fortune to the Annings in addition to hardship. This luck sent young Mary on a path to both career and accidental fame...Read More
Do you ever stop to think how your everyday life has been shaped by people from the distant past?
Well, chances are better than good that you've been influenced by Ziryab.
If you play the guitar, brush your teeth, or eat dessert after a meal, you owe a debt of gratitude to this Muslim musician who lived 1,200 years ago.Read More
Has anyone ever underestimated what you were capable of?
No one was prepared for Laika.
On November 3, 1957, a tiny capsule rocketed into space. Inside was the diminutive body of a fourteen-pound dog. The occupant was named Laika, and she had become the first creature in history to leave Earth for the stars, initiating the era of human space exploration. It was no small accomplishment for a stray that only a few days earlier had been fighting for scraps of food on the streets of Moscow.
Laika’s unlikely journey was borne out of the desperate need to prove that spaceflight was possible.Read More