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Music Monday: Female Composers in Classical Music

March 19, 2018

March is Women's History Month, so this week, we honor some of the female composers who have contributed to classical music. As in many fields, it has often been difficult for women to develop their talents to the fullest.

Julius Caesar

A Week to Remember: The Assassination of Julius Caesar

March 13, 2018

On March 15, 44 BCE, Julius Caesar was assassinated. It was the end of an extraordinary life of military leadership and political power.

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Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Liza Minnelli!

March 12, 2018

On March 12, 1946, Liza Minnelli was born. Minnelli is a singer and actress who has had great success in film, theater, and television.

Dmitri Mendeleev

A Week to Remember: Mendeleev's Periodic Table

March 06, 2018

On March 6, 1869, Dmitri Mendeleev made a presentation to the Russian Chemical Society in which he presented the first version of his periodic table of the elements.

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Music Monday: 25 Years Ago - A Look Back at 1993

March 05, 2018

The singles charts of 1993 saw more than their share of flash-in-the-pan acts who would never return to the charts after the year was over.

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A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Tom Wolfe!

February 27, 2018

On March 2, 1931, Tom Wolfe was born. Wolfe is a journalist and novelist whose magazine articles in the 1960s and 1970s helped to change our ideas of how journalism should be written.

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Music Monday: Johnny Cash

February 26, 2018

On February 26, 1932, Johnny Cash was born. For almost fifty years, Cash was a major figure in American popular music. He was best known as a country singer, but also frequently recorded gospel music, and had several early rockabilly hits.

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Music Monday: George Frideric Handel

February 19, 2018

On February 23, 1685, George Frideric Handel was born. Handel was one of the great composers of the Baroque era, particularly noted for his operas and oratorios. His oratorio Messiah has become a standard part of the Christmas season, with annual performances in many large cities.

Portrait of W. E. B. Du Bois

A Week to Remember: W. E. B. Du Bois

February 20, 2018

On February 23, 1868, W. E. B. Du Bois was born. Du Bois was a sociologist and historian, and an important leader of the early African-American civil rights movement.

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A Week to Remember: Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 13, 2018

In 1982, writer Anne Herbert put a more positive spin on the expression "random acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty," arguing that we should instead practice "random kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Today, her sentiment is most commonly expressed as "random acts of kindness