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Clara Barton and the Red Cross
The American Red Cross, a symbol of medical help known the world over, was the creation of a shy farm girl from Massachusetts, Clara Barton. It is perhaps one of medical history's greatest examples of "filling a need."

Elizabeth Blackwell: America's First Female Doctor
Elizabeth Blackwell became a doctor at a time when women weren't let into college, let alone into medical school. She persevered, graduated, started practicing medicine, and became a hero to women across America. She did this in the 19th Century.

 


THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

Patrick Henry Utters Famous Line
One of the most famous speeches in American colonial history was given on March 23, 1755. This was the famous speech of Patrick Henry, noted lawyer and revolutionary.

He spoke to his fellow Virginians at St. John's Church in Richmond, urging them to take up arms in self-defense. Great Britain had gone too far in imposing taxes and other restrictions on Americans, and it was time for the colonists to defend themselves. He ended this famous speech with the words "I know now what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."

 

CURRENT EVENTS

Monopoly Token Lineup Revamped
March 20, 2017
Players of the famed board game Monopoly will soon have three new tokens: a penguin, a rubbery ducky, and a T-rex. Those were the top three vote-getters in an online survey. The new three join the battleship, car, cat, Scottie dog, and top hat in the eight-token lineup that is standard for the classic property game owned by Hasbro. In order to make room for the new three tokens, Hasbro jettisoned the boot, thimble, and wheelbarrow.

Unearthed Statue a Pharaoh, Just Not Ramses II
March 20, 2017
The very large statue recently dredged from groundwater in Cairo is probably not Ramses II after all, Egypt's antiquities minister said. Khaled el-Anani announced the discovery of hieroglyphs that point more to the statue's depicting the little-known pharaoh Psamtek I, who ruled from 664 B.C. to 610 B.C. The quartzite statue was discovered near the ancient site of the sun temple of Ramses II, and that pharaoh was one of Egypt's most famous builders, with statues of himself dotting the landscape far and wide. As well, Ramses II was fond of large statues, and the recently unearthed statue weighs 7 tons and stretches 26 feet into the air. Still, hieroglyphs found in the back pillar of the statue mention Psamtek's name and Ramses II died in 1213 B.C.

Famed Greek Naval Battle Site Found
March 20, 2017
Archaeologists have discovered the location of the gathering of Greek naval forces before the pivotal Battle of Salamis. Accounts of the famous battle, the one that finally turned the tide in the Greeks' favor for good in the Greco-Persian Wars, list many details, including the number of triremes that the Greeks were able to bring to bear, but the exact place in the Saronic Gulf at which the Greek triremes assembled has not identified, until now.

 

 

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