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Why Labor Unions Declined in the 1920s

Why was the 1920s such a difficult time for American unions? Call it a reaction against their growing strength. After expanding power during the Progressive Era in the first two decades of the 20th century, organized labor grew even stronger during World War I. The U.S. government took a more …

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Archaeologist Opens King Tut Tomb

On February 16, 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter entered the sealed burial chamber of the former Egyptian ruler, King Tutankhamun. Because the ancient Egyptians regarded their pharaohs as gods, they carefully preserved their bodies after death, burying them in elaborate tombs containing rich treasures to accompany the …

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Who Is Cupid? – HISTORY

The mention of Cupid usually conjures up images of a baby cherub wielding a bow and arrows, but this was not always the case. Long before the Romans adopted and renamed him – and long before his association with Valentine’s Day – Cupid was known to the Greeks as Eros, …

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Abraham Lincoln is born – HISTORY

The future President Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. Lincoln, one of America’s most admired presidents, grew up in a poor family in Kentucky and Indiana. He only attended school for a year, but then read on his own in an ongoing effort to improve …

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The Surprising Origins of the Fortune Cookie

Where do fortune cookies come from and how did they become so ubiquitous? It is common in many restaurants for diners to receive a little treat with their check: mints, hard candies, sometimes even chocolate. But at many Chinese restaurants in the United States, customers get something a little different …

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Nelson Mandela Released From Prison

Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, was released from prison after 27 years on February 11, 1990. In 1944 Mandela, a lawyer, joined the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s oldest black political organization, where he became a leader of the Johannesburg youth wing of …

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William Henry Harrison is born

On February 9, 1773, the future President William Henry Harrison was born on the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia. Harrison became the ninth President of the United States for a brief 32-day period in 1841, the shortest term ever. Harrison is also credited with the record for the longest inaugural address …

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