History

8:16am

Fri November 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Lt. Col Herbert Carter, One Of The Last Tuskegee Airmen, Dies

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 6:31 am

Tuskegee Airman Col. Herbert Carter, listens as Gov. Robert Bentley reads a proclamation honoring the fliers during a ceremony at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Jan. 20.
Dave Martin AP

Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, who flew 77 missions in Europe during World War II with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, died Thursday at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Stan Ingold of Alabama Public Radio reports.

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7:45am

Mon October 29, 2012
History

Preserving Riverside: Denver's Historic Pioneer Cemetery

Jim Hill KUNC

There’s something about cemeteries – especially when they are old. Denver’s Riverside Cemetery is 136 years old and has been hosting a handful of brave souls to tour the cemetery at night.

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2:37am

Tue October 23, 2012
It's All Politics

Why Are Elections On Tuesdays?

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:43 pm

A print in The Illustrated London News of Dec. 3, 1864, depicts Election Day in a wealthy (top) and poor (bottom) neighborhood in New York. The top caption reads: "A polling-place in the 'upper ten.' " The bottom caption reads: "A polling-place among the 'lower twenty.' " Click Here To See A Full-Size Image
Library of Congress

It's Tuesday — exactly two weeks out from Nov. 6, Election Day. Why is voting day for American federal elections always a Tuesday? The answer is a bit obscure and has to do with buggies.

Let me explain.

The story starts all the way back with the Founding Fathers. "The Constitutional Convention just met for a very brief time during the summer of 1787," Senate Historian Don Ritchie says. "By the time they got finished they were exhausted and they hadn't made up their minds on a lot of things."

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10:33am

Mon October 22, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

How Human Beings Almost Vanished From Earth In 70,000 B.C.

Robert Krulwich NPR

Add all of us up, all 7 billion human beings on earth, and clumped together we weigh roughly 750 billion pounds. That, says Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson, is more than 100 times the biomass of any large animal that's ever walked the Earth. And we're still multiplying. Most demographers say we will hit 9 billion before we peak, and what happens then?

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7:11am

Sun October 21, 2012
Kee Facts: A Few Things You Didn't Know

The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 1:07 pm

He's legend now, but Johnny Appleseed was as odd as his myth.
Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Apples — right off the tree, baked in a pie, pressed into cider or mashed into sauce — are a basic element of American culture. October is the month to celebrate them, thanks, in part, to Johnny Appleseed.

You've probably heard of the legendary character who traveled the Midwest planting trees, but he's not a myth. Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman, and he was born in Massachusetts in either 1774 or 1775.

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