CURRENT EVENTS

Second Roman-era Mosaic Found in U.K. Farmer's Field
Rutland mosaic Archaeologists have found another mosaic in a United Kingdom farmer's field, in the same place as the 2020 discovery of a mosaic depicting an iconic scene from The Iliad. The second mosaic features an intricate geometric pattern. At the site, in the East Midlands county of Rutland, Historic England archaeologists have also found the remains of a large hall that officials say was once a wooden barn and was converted to a stone hall sometime in the 3rd or 4th Century A.D. At one end of the hall, the dig team found evidence of an area devoted to craft work. The other end of the hall is thought to have been a living area, complete with a Roman-style bath (which, in this case, contained a laconicum (hot room) and a frigidarium (cold room). Further, the archaeologists found evidence of heating ducts in the walls and an underfloor heating system, perhaps powered in part by a water tank just outside the building.

Venezuela's Warring Sides Sign Joint Agreement on Aid
November 27, 2022
After years of economic and political unrest, the government and opposition of Venezuela have signed an agreement to work together in the coming months to solve some of country's problems. Also part of the agreement was an allocation of funds to repair the country's electricity grid. In response, U.S. President Joe Biden eased some sanctions on the Maduro government and the American oil giant Chevron restarted its oil program with the country.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT

December: 31 Days of Fun and Celebration

It's Christmas and Hanukkah and Advent and Boxing Day and Santa and the reindeer and carols and much more, all rolled up into one.


COLONIAL AMERICA

Patrick Henry: Voice of Freedom
Patrick Henry was one of the leading lights of the American Revolution, a voice that would not be silenced until Americans were free and could govern themselves.

Samuel Adams: Ringleader of the American Revolution
Described as a firebrand, a revolutionary, and a patriot, the young Adams was perhaps the most vocal of his generation to demand independence from Great Britain. He believed in the higher cause of independence, and he didn't often let laws that he thought unjust stand in his way.

Benjamin Franklin: America's Renaissance Man
Benjamin Franklin was one of the most famous people of his generation, his country, and his country’s history. He was as close as Colonial America came to having a Renaissance man.

John Hancock: The Money Behind the Revolution
John Hancock is perhaps best known for his very large signature on the Declaration of Independence. However, he was much more important to the American Revolution and the Revolutionary War as a businessman who had large sums of money at his disposal and used that money to support the American cause.

The Boston Tea Party
What caused Americans to get so upset about tea? Find out in this easy-to-read article.

IN DAYS GONE BY
Rosa Parks Jailed
A long, arduous journey can start with a small step. It can also start with someone refusing to get up. The latter was the case with Rosa Parks, who was jailed on Dec. 1, 1955, for refusing to move to the back of the bus to make way for a white man in Montgomery, Ala. She was fined and put in jail for disobeying the discriminatory law about race separation on the city's buses. The publicity surrounding her arrest added fuel to the drive for civil rights in America.

The Monroe Doctrine
The Monroe Doctrine is an American Government policy statement of nonintervention that has had wide-ranging if sporadic enforcement and uses since it was introduced. Named after President James Monroe, who announced it in a speech on December 2, 1823, the Doctrine warned European countries against colonizing or interfering with the governments of countries in North or South America, promising American intervention as a response.


ANCIENT ROME


The Roman civilization was full of famous people, places, and things. One of the giants of the ancient civilizations was Rome: the city, the republic, the empire, and much more.

Among the more well-known ancient Romans were Julius Caesar, Augustus (right), Pompey, Nero, Caligula.

An elaborate slave class powered the might of Rome, and perhaps no slave was more famous than Spartacus, who led a large-scale revolt in the year 73.

Rome had many enemies. Among the most well-known were Hannibal, Atilla the Hun, Alaric the Visigoth, the Etruscans, the Samnites, and the Parthians. It was the Roman legion that won the wars and kept the peace for a great many years. Rome also suffered through years of internal strife.

Roman aqueduct bridge Pantheon Roman road

The Romans were great builders, of roads, aqueducts, baths, and temples. They built a system of laws that formed the basis for many a legal system to follow.

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Why Is It?

Why Is It Called a River Delta?
As with many things, the answer lies in Ancient Greece.

Why Is It That American Elections Are on Tuesday?
Elections in American happen on a Tuesday. That's the law. But why?

Why Is It Called Big Ben? Big Ben clock tower
Big Ben is actually the giant bell inside the famous Clock Tower in London. It is not the only bell in the tower, and it is certainly not the tower itself. The giant bell, the official name of which is the Great Bell, is more than 7 feet tall and more than 9 feet wide and weighs 13.5 tons. It sounds an E-natural note. As to why any of it is called Big Ben, that's a matter of some debate.



Significant Sevens are the highest, the lowest, the deepest, the farthest, the oldest, the youngest, and a host of other lists in economics, geography, history, and much more.

The Seven Most Visited National Parks in the U.S.

The Seven Longest Train Journeys in the World

 

 

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