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September 20 2015 Today in History Newsletter


Here are this week’s features from Today in History at BellaOnline:

September 21 – International Day of Peace
Host a global feast. Observe a minute of silence. Help kids create paper doves or cranes (or “whirled peace”!). Dance, sing, or play a game of soccer. All these activities and more can be done to celebrate Peace Day.

September 26 – Drake Goes Around the World
Sir Francis Drake, one of history’s most famous privateers, completed a voyage around the world 435 years ago. What happened on that voyage? Piracy, of course! What’s the difference between piracy and privateering? There is a difference, though it has become greyed ...

This week is actually a pretty busy one in history, so I’m including a newsletter extra! Here are a few other events I took note of in my research …

September 22: In 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, stating that all slaves in the Confederate states were free. The declaration turned the Civil War into a Union crusade against slavery. (On a much lighter note, the immensely popular TV sitcom Friends debuted in 1994. It ran for 10 seasons.)

September 23: Victoria Claflin Woodhull, the first woman to run for U.S. President, was born in 1838. With only three years of formal education, “The Woodhull” also became one of the first female stockbrokers on Wall Street. She was a newspaper editor, a suffragist, and an outspoken activist for social equality.

September 24: In 1948, Japanese industrialist Soichiro Honda established the Honda Motor Company, producing cheap motorcycles which were bikes fitted with engines. It began manufacturing cars in the 1960s. In 2000, Honda released the ASIMO robot as part of its research in artificial intelligence and robotics.

As always, I welcome your feedback! Send me a note by clicking on my name at the top of any Today in History page. This will take you to a page with a comment box. If you have an idea for a future article or a discussion topic, don’t hesitate to suggest it to me or even post it in the forum:

Happy reading and have a good week!

Lane Graciano
‘Today in History’ Editor

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