The First Parliament of Great Britain
Great Britain 1st Parliament The first Parliament of the newly formed Great Britain met initially on October 23, 1707. The first session began in earnest two days later. The Act of Union 1707 had merged the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland, and the Kingdom of Great Britain had sprung into existence on May 1. England's House of Commons ceased to exist but sent its members wholesale to sit in the House of Commons of Great Britain. Scotland's Parliament appointed 61 representatives to join the new Parliament of Great Britain.

Erie Canal Opens for Business
How the Erie Canal was created and financed is the story of one man's desire and many people's skepticism. That one man was New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton, who had the foresight to envision a waterway that would link his state's main port, New York City, with the fertile plains of the Midwest, enabling trade between the nation's hinterlands and the other countries of the world. His opponents called the Erie Canal "Clinton's Folly," but Clinton had the last laugh, as the Canal became one of the nation's busiest waterways and most enduring symbols of rising industrial might.


New Cat Figure Found amid Nazca Lines
October 20, 2020
Nazca Lines cat Archaeologists have found yet another larger-than-life animal-like geoglyph in the area of the Nazca Lines, a group of carvings in Peru that date to thousands of years ago. The latest etching, sporting pointed ears and a striped tail, looks very much like a cat sitting on a hillside. The figure measures 40 yards long. Officials from the Ministry of Culture said that the cat figure is the oldest yet found, dating to between 200 B.C. and 100 B.C.

Japan to Release Meltdown-contaminated Water into Sea: Reports
October 19, 2020
Officials at the disaster-ravaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant will release radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, according to Japanese media reports. The plan is to release more than a million tons of that contaminated water into the sea as early as 2022. Officials said that they would dilute the water before releasing it.


The History of Halloween
Where does Halloween come from anyway? Where do Americans get those ideas about jack-o-lanterns and "trick-or-treating?

The Story of the Jack-O-Lantern
Who was Jack? Why did he have a lantern? Why are pumpkins carved with goofy faces? This fun articles tells you the story behind the story.

The First Trick-Or-Treaters
Trick-Or-Treating hasn't been around forever. Find out where it started and why it's still popular.

Halloween Candy Doesn't Last Forever
Don't hang on to that Halloween candy too long, a food safety expert says, because it might go bad.


Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump are due for their last presidential debate this week. The presidential election takes place in a couple of weeks.

Want an overview of the entire thing, including the general election? Click here.

And just what is that fussy old Electoral College thing anyway? Click here to find out.

The History of the Presidential Election
EVERY election, from George Washington to the present. Which political parties have come and gone? Who has been elected more times than anybody else? Who were the "Know-Nothings"? All these and more are answered in this expansive yet easy-to-read article.

Women Candidates for President of the United States
Hillary Clinton, in 2016, became the first female presidential nominee of one of America's two major political parties. She was not, however, the first woman to run for President of the United States.

Why Is It?

Why Is It That Jeans Are Blue? Jeans
Jeans are commonplace for many generations of people today–in America, especially, but also in many other countries. Jeans come in many colors these days, but the most common color is the original, blue. Why?

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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.

Cultural Icons are the instantly recognizable monuments, landforms, buildings, and many other kinds of landmarks that define a people, place, or culture.


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