5 Facts about Independence Day

  July 4, 2018 will be America’s 242nd Independence Day, the day Americans celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Here are five facts you should know about America’s founding document and the day set aside for its commemoration. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about North Korea’s Kim dynasty

President Trump will begin a historic summit tomorrow with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Here are five facts you should know about the Kim family, the secretive autocratic regime that has ruled North Korea for more than sixty years. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Karl Marx

This Saturday is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the most destructively influential writer on economics in world history. Here are five facts should know about the German philosopher and co-author of The Communist Manifesto: 1. Continue Reading...

5 Facts for World Water Day

Today is the 25th annual observance of World Water Day, a global initiative to focus attention on the importance of freshwater. Here are five facts you should know about safe and accessible water: 1. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Pope Francis

Five years ago today, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina was elected as the 266th pope of the Catholic Church. Here are five facts you should know about Pope Francis on his fifth anniversary. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about International Women’s Day

  Today is International Women’s Day, a century-old international observance of women’s cultural, economic, and social achievements. Here are five facts you should know both about this global celebration: 1. The original observance, held in the United States on February 23, 1909, was created by American socialist groups and dubbed National Woman’s Day (singular). Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Billy Graham (1918–2018)

The Rev. Billy Graham died today at the age of 99. Here are five facts you should know about the man who became the world’s most famous Protestant evangelist. 1. In 1934 at the age of 16, Graham was turned down for membership in a local youth group because he was “too worldly.” A man who worked on the Graham farm persuaded the young man to go and see the evangelist Mordecai Ham. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about National Freedom Day

In the United States February 1 is National Freedom Day. Here are five facts you should know about the annual observance: 1. National Freedom Day commemorates the date (February 1, 1865) when President Abraham Lincoln signed a joint resolution that proposed the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Christmas

Christmas is the most widely observed cultural holiday in the world. Here are five facts you should know about the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus: 1. No one knows what day or month Jesus was born (though some scholars speculate that it was in September). Continue Reading...