Social Studies for Kids

January 16, 2012

Edit Due for King Memorial Quote
January 16, 2012
A quotation carved into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be changed to make it accurate. The Department of the Interior, which administers the memorial, announced the change to the Mall memorial in the wake of criticism of what amounts to a paraphrase of a much longer quote uttered by the famed civil rights leader.

El-Baradei Leaves Presidential Race
January 16, 2012
The Egyptian presidential race is without a big-time name, as Mohamed El-Baradei has withdrawn from contention. El-Baradei, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and longtime critic of the Egyptian government, says he has withdrawn his name because he believes that the ruling military council will still be in charge. An early advocate of the ouster of Mubarak, El-Baradei has been outspoken in his opposition to the generals now running the country.

Tunisians Mark Revolution Anniversary Peacefully
January 16, 2012
One year to the day since thousands of Tunisians gathered in the center of their capital city, Tunis, to demand their leader's resignation, the streets were alive with chants of peace.

Russian Tanker Breaks Through Ice to Nome
January 16, 2012
A Russian tanker full of fuel has arrived in Nome, Alaska, a town isolated by one of the most severe winters in many years.

Olympics Security Detail, Ticket Problems Multiply
January 16, 2012
The security exercises are increasing, as are the ticketing headaches. London's Metropolitan Police, in partnership with the Royal Marines, will soon begin security exercises on the River Thames. More than 100 security personnel will be involved. Meanwhile, the online system for ticket resale will re-open this week, after a set of first-day difficulties resulted in few matches between buyers and sellers.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The third Monday in January is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, honoring the birthday of the famed civil rights leader. It is now a holiday in all 50 of the United States.

Discover more about the life of this famous American, including his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

The Invention of the Eskimo Pie
The Eskimo Pie was the result of an observant boy whose friend couldn't make up his mind.

Christian K. Nelson and a friend went to the corner drugstore, where his friend debated between ice cream and a chocolate bar before finally deciding to go with the ice cream. When Nelson asked his friend why he didn't buy both, the boy replied that he had money for only one of the two. Young Christian took that question-and-answer question to heart and worked for weeks perfecting what he hoped was something that would no longer force chocolate and ice cream lovers to choose between the two.