‘Historically Speaking’ Posts

Historically Speaking: Mother’s Day

Historically Speaking: Mother’s Day

You probably spent last Sunday updating your Facebook with photos of your mother, and chomping down on deliciously fatty brunch at a fancy restaurant or a relative’s home. There’s a good chance that flowers, chocolate, and crafts or jewelry, were also involved. In modern times, this is how we tend to celebrate Mother’s Day in ...

Tips for Celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day

Tips for Celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day

Besides being a beautiful Friday, today is the official launch day for both the iPhone on T-Mobile and Facebook Home, an Android homescreen built around the social network. Oh, and it just happens to be National Grilled Cheese Day, a day we’ll use as an excuse to enjoy one of the most satisfying sandwiches ever ...

Historically Speaking: The Cell Phone Turns 40

Historically Speaking: The Cell Phone Turns 40

Just days after the last American troops withdrew from Vietnam and a day before the World Trade Center opened, Motorola engineer Martin “Marty” Cooper made the first call from a cell phone, on April 3, 1973. “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone,” Cooper said ...

Historically Speaking: What is Passover?

Historically Speaking: What is Passover?

Wondering what your Jewish friends were up to last week when they missed class and skipped parties? Many of us – gentiles and Jews alike – know the story of the eight nights of Hanukkah, but we don’t spend a lot of time learning about Passover. Hanukkah is actually one of the less important Jewish ...

Historically Speaking: What Is Lent?

Historically Speaking: What Is Lent?

“So what did you give up for Lent?” Whether you’re Catholic, Christian, Muslim, or Jewish, there’s a good chance that you don’t really know what Lent is all about. Now that you’re in college, you’re surrounded by plenty of peers from different walks of life, possibly for the first time ever. You’re learning that Ramadan ...

Historically Speaking: Happy 40th, Pong

Historically Speaking: Happy 40th, Pong

Its easy to forget just how incredible the growth of the video game industry has been. In an age where gamers are treated to open-world spectacles like The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim that sport hundreds of quests, scores of fully-voiced NPCs, dynamic environments, and limitless potential for replay value, its difficult to comprehend that the entire ...

Historically Speaking: Guy Fawkes Day, Then and Now

Historically Speaking: Guy Fawkes Day, Then and Now

Remember, remember. On November 5th, 1605, a man entered an undercroft below the British House of Lords at Westminster. He was there to guard a cache of 35 barrels of gunpowder, placed there by a group of conspirators united against the current Protestant monarchy of England, lead by King James I. The conspirators intended to ...

Historically Speaking: First Nuclear Power Plant

Historically Speaking: First Nuclear Power Plant

On this day in 1956, Queen Elizabeth II consecrated the world’s first commercial nuclear power plant of Calder Hall in Cumbria, England. It was a landmark day in the advancement of energy engineering, and marked the beginning of a scientific quest to end humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels. While the first electricity-generating plant was opened ...

Historically Speaking: James Meredith and Desegregating Ole Miss

Historically Speaking: James Meredith and Desegregating Ole Miss

Today, October 1st, marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most important events in the history of American civil rights: James Meredith, an African-American transfer student, was allowed to register for school and attend classes at the University of Mississippi following the order of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. A truly inspiring ...

Historically Speaking: Birth of GNU

Historically Speaking: Birth of GNU

Yesterday, September 27th, marks the 29th anniversary of the birth of one of the most altruistic movements in modern computer science: the GNU project. It was initiated by Richard Stallman in 1983, who sought to make technology as open and accessible to the masses as possible by creating a free, Unix-like operating system that could be ...

Historically Speaking: Discovery of Ötzi the Iceman

Historically Speaking: Discovery of Ötzi the Iceman

An amazing case-study for archaelogists, Ötzi’s life has been analyzed in nearly every way imaginable. Today, September 19th, marks the 21st anniversary of a monumental discovery in the field of archaeology: the accidental uncovering of a 5,300 year-old, naturally preserved mummy in the Ötztal Alps, dubbed Ötzi the Iceman. Ötzi was found on this day in ...