Charles Carroll III was the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. He also had the highest education, was the wealthiest man, had the longest life, and was the last surviving signer. A very impressive man all around.

Bronze strap union (part of a chariot) from Nant-y-cafn in southern Wales (mid 1st century CE). This replica, based on an archaeological find, approximates what it would initially have looked like before it spent nearly 2,000 years in the dirt.

Did You Know A Woman Founded Miami?

Miami is the only major US city to have been founded by a woman. Julia Tuttle was an American businesswoman, who used the money from her parents' estate to purchase the James Egan grant of 640 acres (2.6 km2) in 1890. She was a major promoter of a new city in southern Florida, including working to get a railroad extension to the area, and giving up half of her land to make the new settlement a success. Her land became a small town, and quickly grew into the city of Miami.

Why Are Iraq's Rivers Dying?


A brief geopolitical history that explains why Iraq's famous two rivers are quickly shrinking. And what that means for Iraq's future.

The St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line, which was founded in 1913, is considered the world’s first commercial airline to offer scheduled flights. The airline offered regular flights from St. Petersburg, Florida to Tampa, Florida. It used a two-seat airboat called the Lark of Duluth which flew just 1.5 meters (5 feet) above the water. It was a glorified commuter's ferry.

The St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line was a success because it made the 29-kilometer (18 mi) flight in just 23 minutes. At the time, steamships covered that distance in two hours, trains in 4–12 hours, and cars in 20 hours. Passengers paid $5 (or about $129 in today's money) to save 1.5 hours in travel. The airboat service, unfortunately, lasted just a year before closing.


"Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."

Harry Truman

The original Sony Walkman, when released in 1979, was called the "Soundabout" in the US, the "Freestyle" in Sweden and Australia, and the "Stowaway" in the UK.

Participants in a passive resistance training class for civil rights protesters conducted by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Atlanta, Georgia, 1960. They were being trained on how to respond non-violently and effectively when the peaceful civil right protests would be attacked. Because they knew they would be attacked.

Big Boat Find in Sweden

Two ship burials have been discovered on a construction site near Sweden’s eastern coast, and one appears to be intact! In the intact tomb have been discovered the remains of a man, a horse, and a dog, who had all been placed in the vessel’s stern. Artifacts found included horse equipment, an ornate comb, a sword, a spear, and a shield. The boat in the second tomb is thought to have measured about 23 feet long, and been slightly larger than the boat in the other burial, but it was damaged by previous construction at the site. Such high-status burials are thought to date to the Vendel Period (550–800 CE) or the Viking Age (800–1050 CE).

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    By Lillian Audette

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