While it took some time for the news of gold in California to make it all the way back to the President and Congress, the precious metal was actually discovered at Sutters Mill in Coloma, California on January 24, 1848 and set off the greatest gold rush in history.
In our modern minds this might seem like an unbelievable story, that a Japanese soldier hid out in the jungles of Guam rather than face his country’s defeat in WWII. But Soichi Yokoi, who was discovered in the jungles of Guam on January 24, 1972, was actually not the only one.
In 2021, what ode can we write, what words can we say that will adequately honor the legacy of civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Everything seems inadequate when compared to what he really meant to history.
On January 20,1981, a full 40 years ago, 52 Americans who had been held hostage for 444 days in Iran were released. This event took place as US President Ronald Reagan gave his 20 minute inaugural address. I was in the first grade at the time, and I remember the collective rejoicing of friends and neighbors as we hung signs and tied yellow ribbons around the trees in our front yards and sang the 1973 hit, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the ‘Ole Oak Tree.”
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Great Quotes in History
One of the best ways to remember our common history is to share all of the memorable, funny, elegant and amazing quotes that have helped to shape modern thinking.
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