Ash cloud of the 1980 Mt St Helens eruption

30th anniversary of Mt. St. Helens eruption: May 18, 2010

On May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens, a volcano in southwest Washington State erupted. The eruption caused billions of dollars in damage, and 57 people were killed.  While it was not the worst volcanic eruption on record, it still was a shock.  It took more than a few installment loans to clean up, and Mt.
A Vietnam-era photograph of a military plane dropping the chemical warfare Agent Orange on a Vietnamese jungle.

Canada confirms use of Agent Orange to clear brush

Following a Toronto Star investigation, Canadian officials have acknowledged that the country used the infamous chemical herbicide Agent Orange to kill roadside brush from the 1950s to the 1980s. Agent Orange was used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War for chemical warfare. According to a wide variety of scientific studies, the chemical agent
Navy Historical Center -- In this Matthew Brady photograph, a nine-inch Dahlgren gun on a slide-pivot mounting is seen in operation aboard a U.S. Navy warship during the Civil War. A similar gun, originally mounted on the famous Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, was recently loaned to the Fredericksburg Area Museum, Fredericksburg, Va., for a three-year exhibit. On March 9, 1862, CSS Virginia battled the Union ironclad USS Monitor in the famous Battle of Hampton Roads, an action in which the two ships fought to a virtual draw and revolutionized sea warfare.

Confederate gunboat C.S.S. Peedee discovered in S.C. river

Civil War buffs have reason to cheer, reports WISTV in South Carolina. A recent archaeological excavation by the University of South Carolina has uncovered the wreck of the C.S.S. Peedee in an area of the Great Pee Dee River located in the northeastern corner of the state. Notably, historians indicate that the Confederate gunboat was

Montcoal mine explosion and other mining disasters

The West Virginia mine explosion is one of the worst mining disasters in living memory, and a mine explosion such as the Montcoal mine explosion takes a lot of fast cash to clear up.  Coal mining is a dangerous trade with a long and rich history in the U.S. and worldwide. Coal dust is volatile
Illustration of the Battle of Puebla

May 5 deserves celebration for many reasons

Indeed, May 5 is Cinco De Mayo, but believe it or not, there have been a lot of very significant events that took place on May 5 throughout history.  Any holiday has some historical significant event that took place, but some of these are real big ones.  The seeds of the French Revolution and two
Lyndon Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act

What is in the Civil Rights Act that Rand Paul does not like?

Many people recoiled in horror when Rand Paul, the Republican candidate for Senate in Kentucky, was brought on “The Rachel Maddow Show” to explain why he had criticized the Civil Rights Act.  The Civil Rights Act is a broad term, but he meant the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The law in question was introduced

Women Reservation Bill guarantees Parliament seats for women

In order to fully appreciate the importance of the Women Reservation Bill that has passed the high house of Indian Parliament, you must understand something of India’s history. Indian society was caste-based for thousands of years. It took the passage of the Constitution of India in 1949 to begin to break down the rigid class
A woman wearing a dress made of gold coins. That's exorbitant and unreasonable, at least in most people's minds. Payday lending is neither of those things, as you'll see.

Usury and payday loans: An unreasonable comparison

Payday lending has been criticized on numerous grounds by a variety of sources, but inevitably these criticisms tend to point back toward a single source: usury. Lending and the charging of interest – even the concept of “exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest,” as a Google search defines usury – very likely predate the creation
The back of a 2006 Benjamin Franklin silver dollar. The classic U.S. colonial slogan “E Pluribus Unum: Join, or Die” and drawing of a segmented snake adorn the back of the coin.

US considers replacing paper dollar bills with dollar coins

Producing paper dollar bills is a more expensive proposition than ever, reports AOL News. That’s why Senators Richard Shelby, Robert Casey and Tom Harkin are continuing a battle that in one form or another has been fought since U.S. President Andrew Jackson held office in the 1830s. On behalf of the U.S. Government Accountability Office
Photo of a Jack-O-Lantern

The history of the Jack-o-Lantern

Jack-o-lanterns have been carved for centuries. Many of us remember carving them as far back as our very first Halloween, but do you know why we carve pumpkins? I always thought it was one of those odd Halloween traditions, but this year I set out to find the truth behind the tradition. The common theme
Buncefield Fuel Fire of 2005

A brief history of British Petroleum

Now that the Gulf of Mexico has been flooded with oil from an oil rig owned by BP, or British Petroleum, some might wonder just who these guys are. Like all large corporate entities, BP has a history, and some of it is not exactly positive. It has provided oil and gasoline to a lot
California Poppy

A brief Memorial Day history lesson

Good morning campers; it’s almost Memorial Day and some of you, no doubt, are wondering just exactly what is Memorial Day history. You may want to know how it came about, how it was made official, so on and so forth. So, in advance of packing up to camp out at the lake, go to
Casimir Pulaski

Casimir Pulaski Day honors Continental Army general

Every day on the calendar marks some sort of holiday or another, and today is Casimir Pulaski Day. Many made up holidays celebrate food, drinks or customs such as talking like a pirate. A lot of these are dreamed up by manufacturers of certain products to promote sales. Perhaps we should create National Online Cash
Kent State University Campus

40th Anniversary of Kent State shootings

Tuesday, May 4, marks the 40th anniversary of the Kent State Shootings. Also called the May 4 Massacre, during the incident National Guard soldiers opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators and protesters on the Kent State University campus in Ohio on Monday, May 4, 1970.  In the end, four were dead and nine wounded,
King and queen

The decline of monarchies

During ancient and medieval times,a single individual wielded the power to govern the lives of all individuals in a particular state or nation. In fact, a whole government system was built on the idea that one person was to rule all. He or she was the apex of government and society — the sole determinant
2400 year old soup found near terracotta army

Chinese archaeologists discover pot full of 2,400-year-old soup

A 2,400-year-old pot of soup was unearthed by Chinese archaeologists in Shaanxi Province. Archaeologists unearthed a tomb near the ancient city of Xian and found a sealed bronze cauldron full of liquid and bones. Officials said the discovery could provide insight into the diet of people living in that region at the time. Is 2,400-year-old