The Jamestown settlement in Virginia, which officially was started on May 14, 1607, was one of the first European colonies to last in North America for more than a few years, despite severe hardships. Here’s a look at 10 earlier efforts from Europeans that didn’t fare well.
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It was a year ago today that the iconic Washington Monument reopened to the public after it was damaged by a 2011 earthquake. The Monument has been a magnet for historic occurrences, and here are some highlights.
May 1 is Law Day, an event that honors “liberty, justice and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed” to the United States. Learn more about 10 famous people who studied the law, from Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela.
It was on this day in 1789 that George Washington placed his hand on a bible in New York and became the first President of the United States under our Constitution – setting another of many traditions still in use today.
James Monroe was the only president, aside from George Washington, to run unopposed for re-election. But that may not be the most surprising fact about the last Founding Father to occupy the White House.