Apollo 11 Anniversary

On 20 July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. successfully landed on the surface of the moon. The next day, the two left the landing craft, Eagle, to become the first people to set foot on another astronomical body. While there, they planted an American flag, spoke with President Richard Nixon, and collected soil and rock samples while astronaut Michael Collins orbited above in the command ship, Columbia.

To learn more about the Apollo 11 mission, try the following resources:


Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

I just updated the resources collected in The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela post.

All of my posts on human rights can be found here.


Happy Birthday Woody Guthrie!

In honor of American singer-songwriter and folk musician Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday, I started a series of Pinterest Boards that history teachers can use to find music for their lessons, and I need your help to make the collection more complete. Please add your suggestions in the comments section of this post.

Bastille Day 2012

Today marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution.

I've just updated the resources collected in the Bastille Day post.

All of my posts on revolutions can be found here.


OVEC Teacher Leader Conference Keynote

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Fourteenth Amendment Anniversary

On this day in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted. While the Amendment was passed during Reconstruction in order to protect the rights of former slaves, it has been cited in debates on topics ranging from immigration to the debt ceiling.

I just updated the resources collected in the Fourteenth Amendment post.

All of my on civil rights can be found here.


Remembering Anne Frank

On this day in 1942, Anne Frank’s family went into hiding in an attic apartment behind her father's business in Amsterdam. About a week later, the family was joined by Hermann van Pels, along with his wife Auguste and their son Peter. The group was discovered and deported on what would be the last transport to Auschwitz in late 1944. After the war, Otto Frank - the only survivor - returned to Amsterdam to find that Anne's diary chronicling the time they had spent in the "Secret Annexe" had been saved, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947.

To learn more about Anne Frank, try the following resources:



Join us on Tuesday, July 10 (7pm EDT / 6pm CDT) for the first #APUSHchat. Our topic will be AP U.S. History course strategies and organization.


Fourth of July History

While John Adams suggested that July 2 would be "the most memorable epoch in the history of America," we have from the outset celebrated our independence on July 4. I hope that your day is filled with all of the "pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations" that Adams himself would have wanted.

I just updated the resources collected in the 4th of July post.

All of my posts on our nation's founding can be found here.


RIP Andy Griffith


Amelia Earhart Disappears

On this day seventy five years ago, Amelia Earhart - the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean - disappeared with her navigator over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. In the years since, a number of theories have emerged in an attempt to explain their fate. Among them are claims that they were captured and executed by the Japanese or that Earhart survived and assumed a new identity in New Jersey. Recently, new evidence has emerged to suggest that the pair lived - at least for a short time - on an atoll in the South Pacific.

To learn more about Amelia Earhart and her mysterious disappearance, try the following resources:

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