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How Dorothea Lynde Dix Improved life for the Mentally Ill

Dorothea Lynde Dix spent much of her career as an educator and social reformer to working with the mentally ill and creating some of…

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Krampusnacht: What Is It, and How Did it Start?

When most children in the world are thinking of a jolly, round old man with a white beard who’s going to come clambering down…

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On This Day, December 9th

1. 1992: Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce separation It was on this date in 1992 that it was announced that the royal couple,…

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Who Was Socrates, Really?

We all know Socrates as the classical Greek philosopher who is credited with being one of the main founders of modern thought. However, Socrates…

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What Life Was Like: Ancient Mesopotamia

The narrative of history we find in most textbooks says very little about the regular person. It’s all about kings and generals and geniuses.…

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History’s Nutcases: Jemmy Hirst

Last time on History’s Nutcases, we talked about the famous Romantic poet, Lord Byron, whose life was characterized by love affairs, strange habits, and a love…

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is the newest addition to the winter holidays. It was created fifty years ago, and since it’s so new, it’s often misunderstood by…

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Archaeologists Can Finally Date Aboriginal Rock Art

A team of scientists from ANSTO’s Centre for Accelerator Science have developed a new technique that now makes it possible to use radiocarbon dating…

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On This Day, December 8th

1. 1980: The assassination of John Lennon Music fans all over the world mourned on this date in 1980 after it was announced the…

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On This Day, December 5th

1. 1933: The end of Prohibition It was on this date in 1933 that the state of Utah became the 36th state to ratify…

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