Oct. 9, 1928: N.Y. Yankees make history in baseball
Who does not love baseball? Especially now that it is at its post season stage? In less than a month we will find out which baseball team is the best in the nation. The date of Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1928, is significant in the baseball realm because the New York Yankees swept the St. Louis Cardinals in four games. That was special alright, but this 1928 series was unique because it was the first time a team swept in consecutive series, having it done in 1927 against the Pittsburgh Pirates...
Sept 11, 2001: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Just like me, millions of Americans will never forget that tragic day 11 years ago. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I got home from school, and I opened the front door. There was my mother hypnotized by the TV screen, and then I saw that terrible image: one of the airplanes striking one of the towers of the World Trade Center...
Sept. 4, 476 AD: The start of the difficult Dark Ages
The date of September 4, 476 AD is another one of those dates that is in the group of "most important dates in world history." It is generally agreed that this was the last day of the legendary Western Roman Empire. This was when the last Roman Emperor, Romulus Augustus was deposed as emperor...
Aug. 21, 1945: The end of a program that lent a big hand
Last week's article talked about the official day that World War II ended. Well, today, this article will focus on a vital program that essentially helped win the war. This program is the Lend-Lease Program. It was officially ended on Aug. 21, 1945 by President Truman. However, by this time the Lend-Lease Program had already accomplished its goal...
Aug. 14, 1945: The day that truly ended World War II
During the bloody conflict of World War II, the United States and the Allied Forces first focused on defeating Germany and its European allies. After they surrendered by the end of April 1945, the war was not over yet. Japan was the remaining enemy, and it would take a little more than three months before the U.S. would finally defeat Japan and thus end the war...
July 24: The return of U.S.'s great space explorers
During the 1960s, the United States and the Soviet Union were involved in the famous Space Race to see who would reach the moon first. Many people believed that this task was impossible. However, both sides believed it could be done. The Apollo 11 Mission, commanded by astronaut Neil Armstrong, proved that this impossible mission was in fact possible and in the end made history. Two men landed on the moon and were safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969...
July 17: A hotly contested win for Brazil --and for soccer
Every four years a nation in the world receives the privilege of hosting the biggest sporting event on the planet. This sporting event is known as the FIFA Soccer World Cup. In the 1994 edition, the United States would be the one to host this grandiose competition...
July 10: The day the Senate voted 'No'on a vital treaty
The first cataclysmic event in the world would be considered the famous "Great War" or most popularly known as World War I. The four years of intense warfare from 1914 to 1918 would prove that the world was a very vulnerable place to live in. The United States, as one of the strongest nations in the world sought to bring the warring nations together and prevent them from fighting again. ...
July 3: Turning point for U.S.: The Battle of Gettysburg
When the Founding Fathers were writing the Constitution for the new nation that would become the United States of America, they never imagined that there would be a time when the country would be divided into two factions: North and South. There were many factors that contributed to the Civil War that lasted from 1861 to 1865. ...
June 26: The birth of a new peace leader: United Nations
If a period in world history had to be picked as the most chaotic and depressing, it would have to be the years from 1939 to 1945. World War II would wipe out the lives of many people around the world, especially from Europe. After such a disastrous event, some nations realized that it was time to put a stop to all the deaths and tears. ...
June 19: The first ever Father's Day, founded by an Arkansan
Father's Day was Sunday and most of us made sure to let our dads know how much we love and appreciate them. The truth is that we owe so much to our fathers, but do you know who founded Father's Day and when it was first celebrated here in the United States?...
June 12, 1776: The basis for the American Revolution
When we were in elementary school, we all learned about the magnificent document called the Declaration of Independence, written on July 1776. This document stated that the United States would no longer be part of the parent country of Great Britain...
June 5, 1950: A great leap forward for Americans
The reality is that perfection does not exist. It does not matter how someone or something seems to be -- it is not there. The one thing that can be done is to strive for it. This has been the case in this magnificent country that we live in. The words "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" written in the Declaration of Independence were not meant for everyone in society and some people were still wrapped in the chains of injustice. ...
May 29, 1453: The fall of an empire, the rise of the modern world
There are many dates that have completely changed world history. One of these dates without a doubt is May 29, 1453, which was the fall of the city of Constantinople. The fall of the city of Constantinople was a turning point in history, and it definitely affected the way we live today...
May 22, 1947: The spark that started the long Cold War
From the late 1940s until the early 1990s, the world was divided into three sections. The first one was comprised of the United States and its Western, Capitalist allies. The second part was made up of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Communist allies...
May 15, 1869: The start of an uncertain path for U.S. women
Many rights we enjoy today can be attributed to the undying effort of certain individuals who dedicated most of their lives to attain a certain privilege. In this case, these individuals were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and they only had one goal in mind: women's suffrage...
May 8, 1963: From England, With Love
Who now does not know of the British Secret Agent 007, who in his suave manner always introduces himself with his last name first? On May 8, 1963, the first James Bond film "Dr. No" premiered in the United States. It had been showing in England since October 1962, but Americans had to be patient for almost seven months before the film would be shown "for its eyes only."...
Why Today Matters
Why Today Matters is written by Berryville resident Angel Portillo. Portillo is an undergrad at University of Arkansas, seeking his bachelor's degree in History. His column appears in the Tuesday Midweek edition of Carroll County News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.