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A Brief History of the Korean War

On Friday, a leader from North Korea crossed the Korean Demilitarized Zone for the first time ever to talk denuclearization and long-awaited peace. It was a truly historic moment, but it’s only the latest event in a complicated conflict that’s lasted nearly 70 years. Here’s everything you should know about the Korean…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Real History of President’s Day

Today is President’s Day, a holiday celebrated every year on the third Monday in February. It’s a day to honor all of our great nation’s presidents, but it started out as a celebration of one president in particular. I’ll give you a hint: he chopped down his dad’s cherry tree (not really), he had wooden […]

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The Real History of Valentine’s Day

When you think of Valentine’s Day you probably think of flowers, chocolates, and notes sealed with a kiss—not whipping women with dead animals or martyrdom. But it turns out this sweet and loving commercial holiday has its roots in pagan rituals and good old-fashioned Christian rebranding. Oh, and selling you cards.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The Real History of Columbus Day

Every year, on the second Monday of October, the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day, which commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Yet he sailed for the Spanish, landed in the Caribbean, and was kind of a jerk. So, uh, why is this a U.S. holiday again?Read more… Continue […]

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