March 8th


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Today is a very important day for multiple reasons, one of them being the 16th birthday I’ve had! Here are a few historical events whose anniversaries have come due:

1702: Queen Anne begins her reign over England, Scotland, and Ireland. She would later become the first monarch of the United Kingdom in 1707.

1775: An unknown author (perhaps Thomas Paine) publishes the book “African Slavery in America,” becoming the first book to publicly call for the abolition of slavery.

1862: During the American Civil War, the infamous Battle of Hampton Roads begins.

1917: The February Revolution begins, eventually gaining enough power to dethrone emperor Nicholas II and establishing the Soviet Union.

1957: After the end of Suez Canal Crisis, Egypt officially re-opens the Suez Canal.

1965: The first American marines land in Vietnam to participate in the war.

1983: Ronald Reagan famously labels the Soviet Union to be an “Evil Empire” while giving a speech to Evangelicals.

2014: Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappears en route to Beijing, causing an ongoing international search for the wreckage.

2017: The landmark arch Azure Window collapses.

Two U.S. Presidents, Millard Fillmore and William Howard Taft, ended their long journeys through life on this day in 1874 and 1930, respectively. Take a look at all of the historical events I share my birthday with, I find it all incredible! Birthdays only come once a year, and I challenge you to find out something interesting about your birthday’s historical significance.



America’s Pastor


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Billy Graham

Billy Graham

Today one of the most dedicated men in History died, a man whose life spanned nearly a century and who dedicated it to God: Billy Graham.


Billy Graham was born on November 7, 1918 and became a pastor in 1943. In 1947, he began his first “Crusade” and ministry; a mission to spread the Gospel and the word of Christ to the four corners of the Earth. Graham quickly became one of the most popular men of television, and the term Evangelical Christian was soon associated with him. A friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement, Graham tore down the ropes that organizers for one of his Crusades put up to separate races, announcing “Ladies and Gentlemen, we are going to stumble into Hell because of our pride.” Graham was also acquainted with 12 consecutive presidents; from Harry S Truman to Barrack Obama, having also been a close friend of Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Billy Graham will be remembered for his extraordinary efforts to bring men and women to Christ with open arms. From 1947 to 2005, Graham preached in over 180 countries to well over 200 million people in live audiences, as well as hundreds of millions more through radio and television. It is estimated that Graham touched the lives of over 2 billion people, and preached to more than any other person in history. Graham once said, “Someday, you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” Graham was 99 years old when he accomplished his mission.

Super Bowl LII


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You might not watch football, but you probably know about the Super Bowl or watched it just two days ago. I watched it (part of a recent tradition my family has), and to say it was entertaining would be an understatement! Warning: this is a long post.

For those of you scratching your heads, I sympathize with you. American Football is a relatively recent interest of mine, though it is plenty controversial. The first Super Bowl was held on January 15, 1967, and there have now been 52 of them. One team from the American Football Conference plays against one from the National Football Conference in the final game of the football season to best each other and be crowned Super Bowl Champions, and it takes a lot of winning to get there.

The NFL has had a lot of controversies this season, ranging from CTE to the ongoing National Anthem Protests. There have also been countless injuries this season, though many of the players put their faith in Jesus and are looking forward to their next trip to the field. Football is about the team, not just individual players, and these communities rise together for more than just the game. J.J. Watt, a defensive player for the Houston Texans, was injured early on in the season and spent his time during his recovery period raising awareness for the Houston area due to Hurricane Harvey, starting a fund that raised over $35 million! The teams that I thought had the best chances to make it to the Super Bowl were the Kansas City Chiefs (5-0 start), New Orleans Saints (rejuvenated offense), Minnesota Vikings (Case Keenum), Philadelphia Eagles (Carson Wentz and Co.), and the New England Patriots (Tom Brady).

However, none of these mentioned teams had an easy shot. The Chiefs stumbled after their great start to the season and were taken out in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. The Saints were defeated by the Vikings due to a play that will live in infamy. Then, the Vikings fell apart one step away from playing the Super Bowl in their own stadium in Minnesota, losing to an amazing team that had a story full of hope. The Philadelphia Eagles lost their quarterback Carson Wentz, who had a shot at Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the season before being injured. He was replaced by Nick Foles, the only quarterback to have thrown 5 touchdown passes in one quarter of a game, only to become a backup player considering retirement before signing with the Eagles. After a mixed reception to finish the regular season, Foles had a spectacular turnaround in the playoffs, making it to the Super Bowl with relative ease. As for the Patriots, who didn’t expect them to make it back? Tom Brady is the quarterback of this decade, and perhaps even the previous decade. He won MVP for the regular season, but there was controversy (isn’t there always with the Patriots?). Not Spygate or Deflategate, but the firing of Brady’s personal trainer by head coach Bill Belichick, supposedly straining their relationship. However, the Patriots held on to defeat the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars to make it to their second consecutive Super Bowl.


Nick Foles, Super Bowl MVP


Now, there are supposedly three kinds of people: those who watch the Super Bowl for the competition and the game, those who watch it for the commercials (my parents), and those who don’t care. I’m part of a fourth group that loves it all (who else enjoyed the Bud Knight, Tide, and Alexa commercials?). Only interrupted by the halftime show headlined by Justin Timberlake, the game might have been the best in modern history for Eagles fans, at least. After losing their first two Super Bowls, it was the Eagles’ turn to upset the champions and do what the Falcons and Matt Ryan couldn’t do; beat Tom Brady at his own game. Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and an interception that wasn’t his fault, and then caught a touchdown pass, a Super Bowl first, mocking Brady, who couldn’t catch his own trick pass. Brady passed for 505 yards, and made it to his 8th Super Bowl, but for the third time he didn’t win, losing a fumble in the final minutes of the game to seal it. Foles was named MVP, an amazing comeback player and a faithful Christian who truly inspired America with his speech as well as his performance. 41-33, the Eagles (the team I was rooting for personally) bested the Patriots in front of over 100 million people, though it wasn’t easy; both teams combined for 1,151 yards, the most ever in American football’s history!

In the end, the Super Bowl brings a finality to the football season; here are so many men who have a chance to make history and work together as a team to prove that they believe in each other, and that they can give their fans something to remember.

The State of the Union


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Yesterday, U.S. President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union Address, a speech made by every president, and certainty one of great importance.

The State of the Union Address originated from a section of the U.S. Constitution stating that the president should give such an address before Congress. The speech is typically given between January and February, and is not officially given in the first year of a president’s term due to the Inauguration. George Washington was the first president to give such an address, but under Thomas Jefferson it was given as a written report instead of in person. Woodrow Wilson set the precedent again for giving the address in person, and Jimmy Carter was the last president to give a written report in its place.

The State of the Union Address is an opportunity for the incumbent president to set forth an agenda for the year, and perhaps attempt to unite both political parties on an idea. No longer simply for Congress, but (after the onset of radio and television) for the American people, this speech gives an opportunity to listen in on what direction the president wants America to take. I watched Trump’s State of the Union Address (as I had also watched former president Barrack Obama’s) in order to get a feel for what he intends to do this year, and was intrigued by the differences between the Republican’s standing ovations and the Democrat’s stoic opposition throughout the speech. I have to say that I really like the practice of introducing special guests to the American viewers, to either commend them for their heroic deeds, or to express our sorrow for their losses. It helps me stay in touch with the wonderful people in our nation, and gives us ideas for how we can improve our country, if we choose to.

I know we have been much-publicized as a divided America, but there are some things that we will have to unite against and in favor of to protect this great nation! I encourage you to watch the State of the Union Address in order to stay in touch with the potential future of America, and to also keep informed about politics in general.

Three Years Ago…



Three years ago on this very day, I decided to launch a blog based off of my knowledge of History. I’ve been very busy recently, but appreciate all of you reading my posts, and all of the helpful comments as well.

I’ve grown a lot these past few years; when I started, I was only twelve, but now I’m fifteen, retaining that fire that I hoped to spark in my viewers, those willing to listen and excited to learn. The future of America rests on people like these, and History is only one of many subjects that are cornerstones to society. Please tell others about what you have learned! The slogan for my blog is “Learning the Past to Brighten the Future”, as the past gives much insight into what to do next (even learning from mistakes, for instance, can act as a guide).

In short, thank you all for encouraging me to continue teaching, for I have been very excited to be able to share these posts with the World! I thank my Lord, my family, my friends, and my viewers for my successes, and I will continue to blog into 2018. Don’t be afraid to send requests for posts, or to comment; I really appreciate enthusiasm! Here’s to a very happy New Year…


2017 In Review


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The drapes have closed on 2017, a year in which much history was made, full of controversy. Here are some of the important events that took America by storm:

January 21: The largest protest worldwide in recent history occurs due to millions of people joining the Woman’s March in opposition to Donald Trump, the recently inaugurated president of the United States. Investigations into the White House colluding with Russia begin.

February-Present: North Korea continues its testing of nuclear weapons, prompting worldwide condemnation.

May 22: The Manchester Arena terrorist bombing kills 22 and injures many more. Salmon Ramadan Abedi was subsequently arrested for the attack. Ariana Grande (the singer at said concert) organized the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims as a result.

June 1: The United States announces its decision to eventually withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

July 10-December 9: Coalition forces take Mosul and Raqqa from ISIS, as the Islamic State is slowly crushed to about 2% of its previous territory.

August 21: The Great American Eclipse (which I witnessed) occurs, the first total solar eclipse seen in America since 1979.

August 25-September 20: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit America and the Caribbean.

October 1: Stephen Paddock kills 58 and injures over 500 in the Las Vegas Shooting, which goes down as the deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history. His motive is still unclear.

October 24-November 1: The Houston Astros defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, making their second appearance in the World Series and winning for the first time.

October 27: Catalonia declares independence from Spain, but its Republic goes unrecognized.

December 6: The United States officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, despite criticism from the U.N.

December 14: The Walt Disney Company announces its plans to acquire most of 21st Century Fox for $52 Billion.

In a perfect World, there wouldn’t be so many of these headlines. Living in an era with little good news and hope to go on, faith and prayer is very important. Let us all hope for a better 2018, and think of ways to make it so.








Historical Injustice


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History is unchangeable, as everyone knows. It is set in stone, stuck in place, and the story is the same every time. However, perspective can change Historical Lessons, for better or for worse. We must be careful not to cause Historical (and those we teach about History) Injustice.


A Painting regarding the Signing of the Mayflower Compact




For instance, a 2013 movie called Free Birds was somehow approved for release, and though it was not taken very seriously by audiences, it brings up an interesting point about how the World perceives the religious men who left their homeland for America. The Puritans are viewed by some to have been bumbling, cruel members of a colony determined to wipe Native-Americans off the face of the Earth, with Governor William Bradford and Commander Myles Standish at the helm. This idea is subtly being associated with the Puritan’s quest for a free Christian colony, and attempts to point out flaws in the morals of Christianity in general. This may seem far-fetched to some, as an idea like that could never take root in America, right? Wrong, because of a growing population concerned immensely for Native-American rights, and biased against the Puritans for killing them, especially Myles Standish, the commander of Plymouth Colony’s forces. First of all, there was no systematic killing of Native-Americans. I wholeheartedly agree that taking the life of another human is a great sin, though self-defense may give one no choice. Standish and his militia hunted down Native-Americans every time they attacked and murdered colonists. Remember the fact that the colonists knew each other very well, so imagine someone killing off your friends in front of you and then scalping them. Understandably, the Puritans were angered by this disrespect and defended themselves, desperately trying to end the attacks. The second point is that the Puritans DID manage to end hostilities for a time despite all that, around the first Thanksgiving Dinner (a Holiday coming up). They learned from the Native-Americans useful ways to use their resources effectively, and therefore establish a permanent colony that helped in the foundation of the United States.

Another instance of dangerous bias is against the religion of the Founding Fathers. Recently, there have been many discussions and points against the Founding Father’s morals and Christian background. One must simply read the Historical Context to learn the truth. It is said that their belief in the separation of Church and State automatically makes then non-religious, or deists, the term used for many of them including Thomas Jefferson. However, throughout their lives they consistently reaffirmed their faith in God, and this Republic was created under the moral standards of the Bible. Once the Founding Fathers’ dedication is taken away by years of untrue history lessons, the purpose of their work becomes moot. On another note, History has been unkind to them in general for owning slaves and supporting slavery. This is not true, as many of the Founding Fathers opposed slavery vehemently. However, such were the times, and just because we know it is wrong now doesn’t mean that they knew it back then. Once again, all about perspective. Now that we are safe from the sin of slavery, we may tear into the values of those men (though we should not) who might have been us at that time, as many know now what is right only because the sin was proven wrong to them. There are many controversies today, with neither side being “proven” right thus far, as it is up to your personal opinion. It is much easier to look back on History than to predict the future, though learning the past definitely aids one’s knowledge about which roads can lead where.

Education is a time when most things are told as if they are indisputable fact, and this can be taken advantage of by those who are biased for one side over the other. My side is biased as well, but my point is that YOU are in charge of your own decisions, don’t let others tell you what is fact and what is fiction! Analyze it, study it, and come to your own educated conclusion. Don’t just listen to what you hear on a biased comment on historical context, listen to what you learn from what actually HAPPENED, and come to your own conclusion on the matter.



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The Snickers Bar, a common Trick-or-treating gift.

Today is Halloween, the day of creepy celebration! One of the many traditions of Halloween is an iconic activity called Trick-or-treating.


Trick-or-treating became a popular North American custom in the late 1920’s, though Europe had this tradition since Medieval times. Children in costumes knock on the doors of their neighbor’s houses, saying “Trick-or-treat!” The “Trick” in Trick-or-treating is supposedly what happens if the children get no candy, whereas the unfortunate owner of the house has unwittingly given the children permission to “Trick”, and bring mischief across the property. The “Treat” is the candy that is received from going Trick-or-treating.

Fun Fact: One of the most common candies given out during Trick-or-treating in North America is the Snickers Bar, made by Mars, Incorporated. Snickers was originally named Marathon before the official name change in 1990. Snickers is a combination of milk chocolate, caramel, and peanuts. Although I am not a fan of peanuts, Snickers has capitalized on the peanut-cravings of others.

The White House


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One of the last places I got to see on my journey to Washington, D.C. earlier this year was the White House itself, the residence of the President of the United States of America!

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Me and my brother across from the White House (No, we did not see Donald Trump there)


Construction on the White House began in 1792, and every president has occupied the famous mansion except for George Washington himself. In November of 1800, Washington’s successor, John Adams, became the first president to occupy the White House, though would not be officially named so until Theodore Roosevelt occupied it; it was previously known as the Executive Mansion. In a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams wrote a prayer for the house: “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings to this house, and all that hereafter shall inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.” The White House would be burned by British Soldiers in 1814 as part of the War of 1812, and had to be reconstructed. Decades of poor maintenance meant that the White House was unstable when Harry S Truman was president, hinted at when a piano leg fell through the floor. Thus, the historic house was again reconstructed, with Truman moving to the Blair House across the street for two years.

The White House also holds a Theater, Bowling Alley and Tennis Court, among other recreational activities.

The White House is a symbol of the Executive Branch of government and of the choices that America has made over it’s long history. The men who have occupied it (or will occupy it) forever have a legacy of dedication to the United States, and this will never be forgotten. There are many trials upon us now and these men are flawed, but we must trust them nonetheless to lead us through this struggle regardless of our political party, and to stand up for what we believe in.

The Pastry War


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Another unusual war caused by a relatively minor dispute was the Pastry War from 1838-1839 between the French and Mexican armies.

A French pastry chef named Remontel was the focus of the large-scale conflict. In 1828 during a military coup in Mexico, angry mobs destroyed large parts of Mexico City, and Remontel’s shop was ransacked by looters. After his complaints were rejected by Mexican officials, Remontel asked the French Government for 60,000 pesos (a hefty sum at the time) as compensation for the robbery. For a decade, his petition went unchecked, but when King of France Louis-Philippe saw the petition in 1838, he also saw an excuse to exact revenge on Mexico, and unexpectedly declared war using Remontel’s claim as the basis.

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, former president and Mexico’s most prestigious war hero, came out of retirement to aid Mexico in military operations against the French. In the ensuing conflict, Anna lost his leg, and would later eloquently use the situation of his war wound to catapult himself back into power.

The so-called Pastry War ended in 1839, with Mexico agreeing to give France the 600,000 pesos now demanded by the French as compensation for Remontel and many other Frenchmen who were robbed. Mexico’s subsequent failure to pay the 600,000 pesos was one of the causes of the second French intervention into Mexico in 1861.