Bell Ringers

Bell Ringers can be a great way to start and/or finish a class. You’ve got the meat of the lesson in the bag; you just need a clever way to introduce it, or a powerful way to bring it home. Use them. Share them.

Dec. 13 National Cocoa Day

Dec. 13 is National Cocoa Day Nothing means winter so much as hot chocolate with marshmallows! Cocoa is referred to ...

Dec. 2 First Day of Hanukkah in 2018

Dec. 2 is the first day of Hanukkah in 2018. To learn more about the meaning and history of Hanukkah, ...

Dec. 12 – Gingerbread Day

Dec. 12 is National Gingerbread Day. Holiday traditions are a big part of December, and nothing smells more like the ...

Dec. 11 – Ponzi Schemes

On December 8, Bernie Madoff was arrested for running the largest Ponzi scheme in world history and committing the biggest investment fraud in U.S. history. In a Ponzi scheme (named for Charles Ponzi who committed fraud in 1919-1920), a person claims to be running an investment business, but in fact he uses the funds of new investors to pay fake returns to prior investors.

Dec. 10 – Suffrage

On December 10, 1869, Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote under universal suffrage. While in most places and times, women were restricted from voting, there were circumstances under which women had voted before given universal suffrage.

Dec. 10 – Human Rights

On December 10, 1948, The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved, ushering in a new era in world history in which all nations agreed to a set of universal principles governing the treatment of their citizens.

Dec. 7 – The Economics of War

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States officially declared war on the Axis powers ...

Dec. 6 – Washington Monument Completed

On December 6, 1884, the Washington Monument was completed, with the placement of a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop the 555 foot tower. Alongside the White House and Capitol Building, the Monument is one of the iconic images of the country.

Dec. 6 – Microwave Oven Day

Dec. 6 is Microwave Oven Day. The Microwave Oven was invented in 1946 by Percy Spencer. It works by using ...

Dec. 5 – There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!

On Dec. 5, 1848, President James K. Polk set off what became the gold rush of 1849 by confirming that ...

Dec. 4 – A World Government?

While the United Nations was founded in October 1945, before the United States could become involved, it needed the U.S. Senate (along with many other countries’ political bodies) to ratify the United Nations Treaty.

Dec. 3 – Roof Over Your Head Day

December 3 is National Roof over your Head Day. In 2,000, it was estimated that between 2.3 and 3.5 million Americans experienced homeless in any given year—about 1% of the population.

Dec. 1 – Rosa Parks is arrested

Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her ...

Nov. 29 – The Partition of Palestine

Nov. 29, U.N. Votes for Partition of Palestine On this day in 1947, the United Nations voted for the partition ...

Nov. 26 – Monday Madness

Nov. 26, Cyber Monday (First Monday after Thanksgiving) We all know the internet has been nothing short of revolutionary. It ...

Nov. 23 – Starbucks or Speedway?

Nov. 23, National Espresso Day. We all have habits that can be pretty costly in the long run. Whether you ...

Nov. 22 – President Kennedy is Dead!

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas. Kennedy is one of four presidents ...

Nov. 22 – Go for a Ride Day

Nov. 22 is Go for a Ride Day. Americans have always been attached to our transportation (although the video is ...

Nov. 22 – John F. Kennedy assassinated

John F. Kennedy was a democrat and the 35th president of the United States. He died an unfortunate death on ...

Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the truly American holiday. Unlike all the rest of our holidays, it is fixed on a Thursday, meaning ...

Nov. 22 – Easy Ridin’

Nov. 22 is “Go for a Ride” day. Originally, motorcycles were primarily a form of low-cost transport, and they still ...

Nov. 19 – Reagan and Gorbachev Meet at Summit

Nov. 19, Reagan and Gorbachev Hold Their First Summit Meeting. On this day in 1985, then U.S. President Ronald Reagan ...

Nov. 17 – The House Approves NAFTA

Nov. 17 U.S. House of Representatives Approves NAFTA With a vote of 234 for and 200 against, the North American ...

Nov. 15 – Making Money with Stocks

Nov. 15, First Stock Ticker Debuts Investing in the stock market can be pretty intimidating for the average American, especially ...

Nov. 15 – National Educational Support Professionals Day

Nov. 15 is National Educational Support Professionals Day. Many schools 150 years ago consisted of a building, some furniture, and ...

Nov. 15 – Clean out your Refrigerator Day

Nov.15 is National Clean out your Refrigerator Day Sometimes, it is just time to do a thorough cleaning and get …

Nov. 14 – National Burn your Draft Card Day

Nov. 14, 1968, was “National Burn Your Draft Card Day”. The United States had its last military draft from 1940 …

Nov. 13 – The Magic Bus

On Nov. 13, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that segregated buses in Alabama were unconstitutional. The ending of the Civil ...

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Our federal holiday, Veterans Day, first derived from an armistice between the allied nations and Germany during World War I.  ...

Nov. 9 – Tear Down This Wall!

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall opened for free movement for the first time since it was erected in ...

Nov. 8 – Reagan Elected Governor of California

On Nov. 8, 1966, Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California. Reagan had been an actor and speaker before he …

Nov. 7 – Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!

On Nov. 7, 1811, William Henry Harrison led an army which defeated a force of Native Americans near what is …

Nov. 7 – I’m Stressing Out, Man!

November 7, National Stress Awareness Day Whether it’s work related, family related, school related, or just due to the innumerable ...

Nov. 6 – Election Day 2018

Every Tuesday following the first Monday in November is Election Day! Confused already? This year, 2018, it happens to fall ...

Nov. 4 – Trick or Treat? Who Benefits When Daylight Changes?

On Nov. 5, 2017  most of us will need to turn our clocks back one hour for Daylight Saving Time.  …

Nov. 1 – Calzone and pennies

Nov. 1 is National Calzone Day! Kramer tries to pay in pennies. Are pennies legal tender? Are businesses required to …

Oct. 31 – Trick or Treat?

Have you ever noticed that parks are often messier than shopping malls? Or that people take better care of their ...

Oct. 30 – Mutually Assured Destruction

On Oct. 30, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved NSC resolution 162/2, which set the terms and strategy for the ...

Oct. 30 John Adams, “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

On Oct. 30, 1735, John Adams was born. Adams was an important figure during the American Revolution, and twice served …

Oct. 30 – “Rumble in the Jungle”

On October 30, 1974, Mohammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the 8th round, retaking the world heavyweight boxing championship. …

Oct. 30 – I have not yet begun to fight!

On Oct. 30, 1775, a Naval Committee was established by the Continental Congress. By the end of the war, 65 ...

Oct. 28 – Volstead Act

Overriding President Woodrow Wilson's veto, Congress passed the Volstead Act on Oct. 28, 1919. This act is better understood as ...

Oct. 26 – The Wild West and the OK Corral

Perhaps the most famous gunfight in history, and certainly in the history of the “wild” West, occurred on Oct. 26, …

Oct. 25 – Equilibrium price of Chucky

Oct. 25 is National Chucky Day. The movie “Child’s Play” is actually based on a real event. In 1906, a …

Oct. 25 – Nixon Vetoes War Powers Resolution

Oct. 25, 1973 President Nixon vetoes the War Powers Resolution, however, Congress passed the law over Nixon’s veto on Nov. ...

Oct. 23 – What’s a trillion dollars among friends?

Oct. 23, 1981, the national debt rose to $1 trillion. After watching the video, does any of this make sense? …

Oct. 22 – Standard Oil Becomes a Trust

On Oct. 22, 1882, Standard Oil became a trust, to try to circumvent anti-monopoly laws. A monopoly exists when only ...

Oct. 20 – US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase

In 1803, the United States acquired 828,000,000 square miles of French territory in the middle of North American in what ...

Oct. 19 – 1st Blockbuster Store

On October 19th 1985, the first Blockbuster video store opens in Texas. Blockbuster, a childhood staple for millenials, revolutionized the ...

Oct. 19 – Black Monday

On Monday, Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market fell more than 22%, the largest one-day loss in the history of …

Oct. 18 – Credit Could Ruin Your Life, or Charm Your Wife

October 18, National Get Smart About Credit Day. The credit card system is kind of like a superpower. It gives ...

Oct. 18 – The Last Frontier

On Oct. 18, 1867, Russia formally transferred control of Alaska to the United States. Alaska was probably the first part …

Oct. 18 – Al Capone

On October 18, 1931, Al Capone was convicted of Tax evasion. Mini Bio- Al Capone from Certell on Vimeo. While …

Oct. 15 – Clarence Thomas’s Confirmation

On Oct. 15, 1991, the Senate voted 52 to 48 to confirm Clarence Thomas as justice on the Supreme Court. ...

Oct. 13 Third presidential debate with Nixon in Hollywood and Kennedy in NY

On Oct. 13, 1960, Richard Nixon (Republican) and John F. Kennedy (Democrat) engaged in their third presidential debate. This contest ...

Oct. 12 – What’s fair is fair?- or isn’t it?

On Oct. 12, 1977, the Supreme Court heard the landmark Regents of University of California v. Bakke (1978) case on …

Oct. 12 – the future of “Backseat Driving”

On October 12, 1915, the millionth Model T Ford rolled off the assembly line. Mo Rocca -The Henry Ford’s Innovation …

Oct. 12 – Keeping up with the Joneses

October 12, National Savings Day. Developing good savings habits is a big challenge for many people. One of the most ...

Oct. 12 – Angus Deaton & Poverty

On Oct. 12, 2015, Angus Deaton, professor of economics at Princeton University, won the Nobel Prize. Deaton’s contribution focused on …

Oct. 11 – Who Gets The Blonde?

On Oct. 11, 1994, John Nash won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the Nash Equilibrium, one …

Oct. 11 – SNL Debuts

On Oct. 11, 1975, the social commentary comedy show called Saturday Night Live (or SNL for short) hit the screen. ...

Oct. 11 – Government – Life of the Party

October 11 is “It’s My Party” Day Seinfeld – Political Party Mascots from Certell on Vimeo. Political parties first emerged …

Oct. 5 – Iran Contra Scandal Unravels

On Oct. 5, 1986, Eugene Hasenfus’ plane was shot down by members of the Sandinista regime, the governing party in ...

Oct. 5 – Rodney Dangerfield & Business

On October 5, 2004, Rodney Dangerfield died. Dangerfield was a comedian and actor, famous for his tagline, “I don’t get …

Oct. 4 – Sputnik launched

On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union won the first stage of the “Space Race” with the launch of Sputnik, ...

Oct. 3 – Lincoln and Thanksgiving

On October 3, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln declared that there should be a national …

Oct. 3 – The Bank Bailout

Oct. 3, The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 The financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing recession shook the ...

Oct. 2 – “I disapprove of what you say, but…”

On Oct. 2, 1789, George Washington proposed the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, called the Bill of Rights. Some …

Oct. 2 – First shots of the Texas Revolution

On Oct. 2, 1835, the first shots in the Texas War for Independence were fired at the Battle of Gonzales, ...

Oct. 1 – Nazi Sentencing at Nuremberg

Oct. 1, 1946, the International Military Tribunal (IMT) issues verdicts against leading Nazis at Nuremberg. In the aftermath of World ...

Sept. 30 – Riots Over Segregation at Ole Miss

On Sept. 30, 1962, riots broke out across the University of Mississippi over the federal government’s enforcement of integration at ...

Sept. 29 – The World’s First Billionaire

On Sept. 29th, American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world’s first billionaire. John D. Rockefeller, most famous for ...

Sept. 28 – Private vs. Public Goods

On September 28, 2008, SpaceX launched the first private spacecraft. SpaceX Falcon 1 August 2, 2008 with stage separation and …

Sept. 28 – Miles Davis dies

On Sept. 28, 1991, jazz icon Miles Davis passed away in California at the age of 65. Miles Davis is ...

Sept. 28 – Should the Government Protect Us?

On September 28, 1904, a woman was arrested for smoking in an open car. “A policeman on horseback reportedly stopped …

Sept. 27 – John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Great Britain

On Sept. 27th, 1779, the American Continental Congress appointed John Adams as the minister in charge of negotiating peace and ...

Sept. 27 – Axis Powers Formed

On Sept. 27, 1940 the signing of the Tripartite Pact in Berlin marked the formation of the Axis powers. The ...

Sept. 27 – Broken Windows

On Sept. 27, Hurricane Inez slammed into the Caribbean, then Florida, and on into Mexico. About 1,000 people died. At ...

Sept. 26 – Johnny Appleseed Day

September 26 is Johnny Appleseed Day. On September 26, 1774, John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, was born in Leominister, Massachusetts. …

Sept. 25 – Eisenhower and Khrushchev meet for talks

On Sept. 25, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev met in the US with hopes of ...

Sept. 24 – The First Supreme Court

On Sept. 24, 1789 the Judiciary Act of 1789 was passed by Congress after being signed by President George Washington, ...

Sept. 21 – Benedict Arnold commits treason

On Sept. 21, 1780, General Benedict Arnold committed treason against the United States. Arnold was regarded as an American hero ...

Sept. 21 – Monday Night Football

On September 21, 1970, Monday Night Football premiered. CSAH: 1970 Monday Night Football Intro from Certell on Vimeo. In 1970, …

Sept. 21 – Sandra Day O’Connor

On September 21, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice on the Supreme Court. She was appointed by …

Sept. 21 – NFL Player Strike

On September 21, 1982, the National Football League players went on strike (Peyton Manning was just starting elementary school in …

Sept. 18 – More Mac, More Problems

September 18, National Cheeseburger Day The quintessential cheeseburger, perhaps the most classic of American foods, has become synonymous with fast-food ...

Sept. 17 – Constitution and Citizenship Day

On Sept. 17, 1787 the Constitution was signed. Each year, on what has become known as Constitution Day, publicly funded ...

Sept. 17 – U.S. Constitution signed

On Sept. 17, 1787 the United States Constitution was officially signed. With the newly founded United States flailing under the ...

Sept. 14 – OPEC

Watch: CSE – What is OPEC? CSE: What is OPEC? from Certell on Vimeo. OPEC, or the Organization of Petroleum …

Sept. 13 – National Positive Thinking Day

September 13 is National Positive Thinking Day It turns out that, left to our own devices, we (as a species) …

Sept. 12 – National Video Game Day

September 12 is National Video Games Day In 1975, Atari introduce a home version of Pong. Pong was a popular …

Sept. 11 – 9/11 Terror Attacks on America

On Sept. 11th, 2001, the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda coordinated the deadliest terror attack in United States history at the ...

Sept. 11 – Zimmerwald Conference issues a call to end WW1

On Sept. 11, 1915 delegates of the First International Socialist Conference in Zimmerwald, Sweden call for an immediate end to ...

Sept. 10 – Andrew Jackson shuts down the Second Bank of the U.S.

On Sept. 10, 1833, Andrew Jackson shut down the Second National Bank of the United States. The National Bank had ...

September 7 – Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

On September 7, 2008, the Federal Government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie …

September 7 – The Hoover Dam

On September 7, 1936, the Hoover Dam (then called the Boulder Dam), officially opened. Hoover Dam was the largest hydroelectric …

Sept. 6 – President William McKinley is shot

On Sept. 6th, 1901, President William McKinley was shot at the World’s Fair in Buffalo, New York. McKinley had been ...

Sept. 4 – Is Google a Monopoly?

Sept. 4, Google is incorporated Over the past 20+ years, the phrase “Google it” has become synonymous with “look it ...

Sept. 3 – Labor Day

Labor Day is the first Monday in September in the United States. Labor Day became an official national holiday in …

Sept. 1 – National Tailgating Day

Sept. 1st is National Tailgating Day! The temperatures are beginning to cool, the leaves are turning brilliant colors, and there ...

Aug. 30 Tragedy of the Commons – Climate Change

On Aug. 30, 2006, California Senate passes Global Warming Solutions Act. If you ask the average American what the greatest ...

Aug. 29 – The longest filibuster

On August 29, Democratic (he later changed parties a couple of times) Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina ended the …

Aug. 29 – Inflation

On August 29, 1862, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was formed. Originally its purpose was to print paper money …

Aug. 28 – King speaks to March on Washington (I Have a Dream Speech)

On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced his “I Have a Dream” speech as he addressed the ...

Aug. 27 – Red Scare dominates American politics

On Aug. 27, 1952, The New York Times published three stories about the impact of the “Red Scare” on the ...

August 24 – The Communist Control Act

On August 24, 1954, President Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act. Watch: CSG – The Hollywood Blacklist The Hollywood Blacklist- …

August 22 – National Tooth Fairy Day

Watch: CSE – The Tooth Fairy CSE – The Tooth Fairy – Official Trailer (HD) – 20th Century FOX from …

August 21 – Welcome Hawaii!

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States. Watch: CSAH – Hawaii Becomes 50th State …

August 17 – National Thriftshop Day

Watch: Macklemore – Thrift Shop THRIFT SHOP (G rated Radio Edit Clean version) – MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT. WANZ …

August 17 – North Korea

Watch: CSE – North Korea Explained CSE – North Korea Explained from Certell on Vimeo. On August 17, 1945, Korea …

August 17 – Japan Surrenders

On August 17, 1945, Japan surrendered, ending World War II. Watch: CSAH – U.S. Celebrates Japanese Surrender CSAH – U.S. …

August 15 – The Sell or Starve Act

On August 15, 1876, Congress passed legislation cutting off all funds to the Lakota people until they gave up claim …

August 11 – is National Presidential Joke Day

Watch: We Begin Bombing in 5 minutes Watch: Reagan Tells Soviet Jokes Common Sense Government Read: Is it “Presidential” to …

August 11 – Andrew Carnegie

Watch: Andrew Carnegie’s Rise From Poverty Read: Andrew Carnegie and his family arrived in America from Scotland in 1848, virtually …

August 11 – Marquette Frye

Watch: Interview with Marquette Frye Read: On August 11, 1965, African-American Marquette Frye was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. …

August 4 – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Watch: Sesame Street – The First Time Me Eat Cookie Read: August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Chocolate …

August 3 – National Watermelon Day

August 3 is National Watermelon Day. The world record for spitting watermelon seeds is 68 feet 9 1/8 inches. Check …

August 1 – Watergate

Watch: All the President’s Men Clip All the President's Men from Certell on Vimeo. Read: On August 1, the first …

May 28 – The 54th Infantry

On May 28, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry departed for combat. The 54th was the first African-American regiment created after ...

June 1 – All the News, All the Time

On June 1, 1980, CNN went live with the first 24/7 cable news channel. Today, we take for granted that ...

May 31 – Autonomous Vehicle Day

May 31 is National Autonomous Vehicle Day. The dream of self-driving cars and trucks is very near to becoming reality. ...

May 22 – Heave Ho! My Lads, Heave Ho! (official song of the Merchant Marine)

May 22 is National Maritime Day. The United States is a Maritime power. Today, the American Navy, while much smaller ...

May 23 – A Penny for your Thoughts

May 23 is Lucky Penny Day. Do you still use pennies? For several decades, now, the U.S. government has been ...

May 24 – Play Ball!

On May 24, 1935, Major League Baseball had its first night game. The first night baseball game was played in ...

May 17 – Separate But Not Equal

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that separate but equal schools for black children were an unconstitutional ...

May 15 – Rationing, Central Planning

On May 15, 1942, seventeen states introduced gasoline rationing to support the war effort. A prominent economist, Professor Peter Boettke, ...

May 14 – Jamestown was Founded

On May 14, 1607, Jamestown was founded. The arrival of European settlers in the Americas was the start of a ...

May 10 – Uniting the Country

On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, Central Pacific Railroad President Leland Stanford hammered the final spike into the ...

May 10 – J. Edgar and the FBI

On May 10, 1924, J. Edgar Hoover became the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI is much ...

May 8 – Victory in Europe

On May 8, 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allies, ending the European phase of World War II. Formal surrender took ...

May 1 – It’s the Law!

May 1 is Law Day! It was founded in 1957 by the American Bar Association, with each year having a ...

May 2 – Have You No Decency?

On May 2, 1957, Senator Joseph McCarthy died. McCarthy is famous as the Senator who, in the late 1940s and ...

May 1 – The Tallest in the World

May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building officially opened. The Empire State Building may be the most iconic structure in ...

April 27 – U.S. Grant

On April 27, 1822, Ulysses S. Grant was born. Grant was the 18th President of the United States, and Commanding ...

April 26 – Wealthy … or Rich?

On April 26, 1711, David Hume was born. David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, most famous for his writing on ...

April 27 – Why We Hate(d) the British

On April 27, 1773, the British Parliament passed the Tea Act. The Tea Act was one of several acts passed ...

April 17 – Ellis Island Day

April 17 is Ellis Island/Family History Day. From 1892 until 1934, Ellis Island was one of the main entry points ...

April 19 – Get to Work!

On April 19, 1932, Herbert Hoover proposed a five-day work week. Through most of Western history, people have worked six ...

April 16 – Neither Snow nor Rain … but what about FedEx?

On April 16, 1900, the U.S. Postal Service issued the first book of stamps. Stamp collecting used to be a ...

April 11 – Thar she Blows!

April 11 is submarine day. Submarines are strange creatures. Crews sometimes leave port and don’t surface again for months. The ...

April 11 – Groovin’

April 11 is National Eight Track Tape Day. The 8-track is considered a bridge technology between earlier reel-to-reel tape players, ...

April 11 – The Great Society

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Lyndon B. Johnson is an enigma. He ...

April 5 – Read a Road Map Day

April 5 is National Read a Road Map Day. When Columbus set out from Spain, he was convinced the world ...

April 5 – Burr rr rr iiiito Day

April 5 is National Burrito Day. Are you a burrito person? Or a taco person? Interestingly, there is a huge ...

April 4 – Tippecanoe (and Tyler, too)

On April 4, 1841, President William Henry Harrison died after only 30 days in office. Harrison served the shortest term ...

Mar. 28 – Running into History

On Mar. 28, 1990, sprinter Jesse Owens received the Congressional Gold Medal from President George H.W. Bush. In 1936, Jesse ...

Mar. 28 – I liked Ike

On Mar. 28, 1969, President Dwight D. Eisenhower died. Dwight David Eisenhower came onto the world stage when he served ...

Mar. 28 – Eskimo Pie Day

Mar. 28 is Eat an Eskimo Pie Day! Eskimo Pies were invented in 1921, and patented in 1922. The inventor, ...

Mar. 22 – Goof Off!

Mar. 22 is National Goof Off Day. One of the most classic films about goofing off is Ferris Bueller’s Day ...

Mar. 19 – League of Nations

On Mar. 19, 1920, the United States Senate rejected Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations treaty. Woodrow Wilson believed that forward-thinking ...

Mar. 20 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin

On Mar. 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Stowe’s abolitionist novel galvanized abolitionist sentiment in many northern ...

Mar. 16 – Bear Market

On Mar. 16, 2008, Bear Stearns collapsed, setting the stage for the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008-09. The ...

Mar. 14 – 10 Most Wanted

On Mar. 14, 1950, the FBI published the first FBI 10 Most Wanted list. J. Edgar Hoover was director of ...

Mar. 16 – National Freedom of Information Day

March 16 is National Freedom of Information Day. Justice Louis Brandeis famously said that, “Publicity is justly commended as a ...

Mar. 7 – National Be Heard Day

Each year on the 7th day of March, National Be Heard Day is observed across the country by small businesses. ...

Mar. 7 – Breaking Bad

On Mar. 7, 1936, Adolf Hitler broke the Treaty of Versailles by sending troops into the Rhineland, an area of ...

Mar. 7 – Selma

On Mar. 7, 1965, Civil Right marchers left Selma for Montgomery, Alabama to protest lack of voting rights for African ...

Feb. 26 – It’s so Grand!

On Feb. 26, 1919, Grand Canyon National Park was created. Ten years later, Grand Teton Park was also created. The ...

Feb. 28 – National Sleeping Day

Feb. 28 is National Public Sleeping Day. We all know that we’re more productive when we’re well-rested. For many people, ...

Mar. 1 – Everyone Loves Peanut Butter

Mar. 1 is National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day. Peanut Butter is a quintessentially American food. And even in places (like ...

Feb. 21 – Assassination of Malcolm X

On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was murdered. Malcolm X was a leading figure of the radical side of the ...

Feb. 21 – Workers of the World!

On Feb. 21, 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto. It was not until the formation of ...

Feb. 19 – Japanese Internment

On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed executive order 9066, calling for the forcible relocation of Japanese-Americans into ...

Feb. 22 – Walking the Dog

Feb. 22 is National Walk the Dog Day. Desegregation decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, and the Civil Rights ...

Feb. 14 – Happy? Valentine’s Day

Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day. Love is usually thought of as something outside economics, but of course a lot of ...

Feb. 12 – Impeachment is not Removal

On Feb. 12, 1998, Bill Clinton was acquitted by the United States Senate on the charges of perjury and obstruction ...

Feb. 5 – Packing the Court

On Feb. 5, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt announced a plan to increase the size of the Supreme Court from nine ...

Feb. 8 – Go Fly a Kite

Feb. 8 is National Kite Flying Day. The kite was invented in China around the 5th Century B.C. as trade ...

Feb. 6 – Monopoly

On Feb. 6, 1935, the first game of Monopoly made by Parker Brothers went on sale. In 1903, Elizabeth Magie ...

Jan. 29- Bleeding Kansas

On Jan. 29, 1861, Kansas joined the Union as the 34th state. By the time it joined, six states had ...

Jan. 30 – The Tet Offensive

On Jan.30, 1968, communist forces of the North Vietnamese army and the Viet Cong broke a cease-fire established to celebrate ...

Feb. 1 – National Get up Day

Feb. 1 is National Get up Day National Get Up day was formed in 2017, and was created by American ...

Jan. 25 – Opposite Day

Jan. 25th is Opposite Day. Many things have not gone as planned in American history. For instance, in 1948 it ...

Jan. 24 – The Tax Man

On Jan. 24, 1916, the Income Tax was ruled constitutional in the United States. Until 1916, the Federal government was ...

Jan. 24 – 1984 is not like 1984

On Jan. 24, 1984, Apple released the Macintosh computer. Apple, Inc. is one of the largest companies in the world ...

Jan. 17 – Ben’s Big Day

Ben Franklin was born on Jan. 17, 1706. Ben Franklin was one of the leading figures of the Enlightenment, as ...

Jan. 18 – Everything is Honey

Jan. 18 is Winnie the Pooh Day. Pooh’s many adventures have inspired children and adults since 1926. Questions: In Pooh’s ...

Jan. 16 Religion as Helping Shape American History

Religion played a fundamental role in the settlement of North America. The Pilgrims, who helped settle New England, were fleeing ...

Jan. 11 – National Milk Day

Jan. 11 is National Milk Day. Milk is a highly regulated product in the United States and over the years ...

Jan. 9: Nerds-to Rule them All

Jan. 9 is World Nerd Day. Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence have placed an ever-higher premium on intelligence. But ...

Jan. 8 – Debt Free

On Jan. 8, 1835, the United States’ National Debt hit $0 for the first and only time in history! Watch ...

Jan 4 – National Spaghetti Day

Jan. 4 is national spaghetti day. The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the deity of a spoof religion created to make ...

Jan. 2 – Stranger than Fiction

Jan. 2 is Science Fiction Day When Orson Wells’ radio production of War of The Worlds was broadcast on Oct. ...

Jan. 1 – “Breaking up is hard to do …”

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X Commercial Portable Cellular Phone Image source: Motorola, Inc. Legacy Archives Collection On Jan. 1, 1984, the AT&T ...

Dec. 20 – It’s a Wonderful Life

On Dec. 20, 1946, “It’s a Wonderful Life” premiered in New York. A bank’s function is to take in savings ...

Dec. 20 – National Underdog Day

Dec. 20 is National Underdog Day. Hollywood is full of underdog stories, and it is one of the things (but ...

Dec. 18 – Official End of Slavery

While the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in rebel states in 1863, the ending of the Civil War did not automatically ...

June 1 – All the News, All the Time

On June 1, 1980, CNN went live with the first 24/7 cable news channel. Today, we take for granted that ...

Oct. 30 – “Rumble in the Jungle”

On October 30, 1974, Mohammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the 8th round, retaking the world heavyweight boxing championship. …

Dec. 12 – Gingerbread Day

Dec. 12 is National Gingerbread Day. Holiday traditions are a big part of December, and nothing smells more like the ...

Dec. 10 – Suffrage

On December 10, 1869, Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote under universal suffrage. While in most places and times, women were restricted from voting, there were circumstances under which women had voted before given universal suffrage.

Dec. 6 – Washington Monument Completed

On December 6, 1884, the Washington Monument was completed, with the placement of a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop the 555 foot tower. Alongside the White House and Capitol Building, the Monument is one of the iconic images of the country.

Dec. 5 – There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!

On Dec. 5, 1848, President James K. Polk set off what became the gold rush of 1849 by confirming that ...

Nov. 29 – The Partition of Palestine

Nov. 29, U.N. Votes for Partition of Palestine On this day in 1947, the United Nations voted for the partition ...

Nov. 22 – President Kennedy is Dead!

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas. Kennedy is one of four presidents ...

Nov. 19 – Reagan and Gorbachev Meet at Summit

Nov. 19, Reagan and Gorbachev Hold Their First Summit Meeting. On this day in 1985, then U.S. President Ronald Reagan ...

Nov. 14 – National Burn your Draft Card Day

Nov. 14, 1968, was “National Burn Your Draft Card Day”. The United States had its last military draft from 1940 …

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Our federal holiday, Veterans Day, first derived from an armistice between the allied nations and Germany during World War I.  ...

Nov. 9 – Tear Down This Wall!

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall opened for free movement for the first time since it was erected in ...

Nov. 7 – Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!

On Nov. 7, 1811, William Henry Harrison led an army which defeated a force of Native Americans near what is …

Oct. 30 – “Rumble in the Jungle”

On October 30, 1974, Mohammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the 8th round, retaking the world heavyweight boxing championship. …

Oct. 30 – I have not yet begun to fight!

On Oct. 30, 1775, a Naval Committee was established by the Continental Congress. By the end of the war, 65 ...

Oct. 28 – Volstead Act

Overriding President Woodrow Wilson's veto, Congress passed the Volstead Act on Oct. 28, 1919. This act is better understood as ...

Oct. 26 – The Wild West and the OK Corral

Perhaps the most famous gunfight in history, and certainly in the history of the “wild” West, occurred on Oct. 26, …

Oct. 20 – US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase

In 1803, the United States acquired 828,000,000 square miles of French territory in the middle of North American in what ...

Oct. 18 – Al Capone

On October 18, 1931, Al Capone was convicted of Tax evasion. Mini Bio- Al Capone from Certell on Vimeo. While …

Oct. 12 – the future of “Backseat Driving”

On October 12, 1915, the millionth Model T Ford rolled off the assembly line. Mo Rocca -The Henry Ford’s Innovation …

Oct. 4 – Sputnik launched

On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union won the first stage of the “Space Race” with the launch of Sputnik, ...

Oct. 3 – Lincoln and Thanksgiving

On October 3, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln declared that there should be a national …

Oct. 2 – First shots of the Texas Revolution

On Oct. 2, 1835, the first shots in the Texas War for Independence were fired at the Battle of Gonzales, ...

Sept. 30 – Riots Over Segregation at Ole Miss

On Sept. 30, 1962, riots broke out across the University of Mississippi over the federal government’s enforcement of integration at ...

Sept. 28 – Miles Davis dies

On Sept. 28, 1991, jazz icon Miles Davis passed away in California at the age of 65. Miles Davis is ...

Sept. 27 – Axis Powers Formed

On Sept. 27, 1940 the signing of the Tripartite Pact in Berlin marked the formation of the Axis powers. The ...

Sept. 26 – Johnny Appleseed Day

September 26 is Johnny Appleseed Day. On September 26, 1774, John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, was born in Leominister, Massachusetts. …

Sept. 25 – Eisenhower and Khrushchev meet for talks

On Sept. 25, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev met in the US with hopes of ...

Sept. 21 – Benedict Arnold commits treason

On Sept. 21, 1780, General Benedict Arnold committed treason against the United States. Arnold was regarded as an American hero ...

Sept. 21 – Monday Night Football

On September 21, 1970, Monday Night Football premiered. CSAH: 1970 Monday Night Football Intro from Certell on Vimeo. In 1970, …

Sept. 17 – U.S. Constitution signed

On Sept. 17, 1787 the United States Constitution was officially signed. With the newly founded United States flailing under the ...

Sept. 12 – National Video Game Day

September 12 is National Video Games Day In 1975, Atari introduce a home version of Pong. Pong was a popular …

Sept. 11 – Zimmerwald Conference issues a call to end WW1

On Sept. 11, 1915 delegates of the First International Socialist Conference in Zimmerwald, Sweden call for an immediate end to ...

September 7 – The Hoover Dam

On September 7, 1936, the Hoover Dam (then called the Boulder Dam), officially opened. Hoover Dam was the largest hydroelectric …

Sept. 6 – President William McKinley is shot

On Sept. 6th, 1901, President William McKinley was shot at the World’s Fair in Buffalo, New York. McKinley had been ...

Aug. 28 – King speaks to March on Washington (I Have a Dream Speech)

On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced his “I Have a Dream” speech as he addressed the ...

August 21 – Welcome Hawaii!

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States. Watch: CSAH – Hawaii Becomes 50th State …

August 17 – Japan Surrenders

On August 17, 1945, Japan surrendered, ending World War II. Watch: CSAH – U.S. Celebrates Japanese Surrender CSAH – U.S. …

August 11 – Marquette Frye

Watch: Interview with Marquette Frye Read: On August 11, 1965, African-American Marquette Frye was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. …

August 4 – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Watch: Sesame Street – The First Time Me Eat Cookie Read: August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Chocolate …

May 28 – The 54th Infantry

On May 28, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry departed for combat. The 54th was the first African-American regiment created after ...

May 22 – Heave Ho! My Lads, Heave Ho! (official song of the Merchant Marine)

May 22 is National Maritime Day. The United States is a Maritime power. Today, the American Navy, while much smaller ...

May 14 – Jamestown was Founded

On May 14, 1607, Jamestown was founded. The arrival of European settlers in the Americas was the start of a ...

May 8 – Victory in Europe

On May 8, 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allies, ending the European phase of World War II. Formal surrender took ...

May 2 – Have You No Decency?

On May 2, 1957, Senator Joseph McCarthy died. McCarthy is famous as the Senator who, in the late 1940s and ...

April 27 – Why We Hate(d) the British

On April 27, 1773, the British Parliament passed the Tea Act. The Tea Act was one of several acts passed ...

April 17 – Ellis Island Day

April 17 is Ellis Island/Family History Day. From 1892 until 1934, Ellis Island was one of the main entry points ...

April 11 – Thar she Blows!

April 11 is submarine day. Submarines are strange creatures. Crews sometimes leave port and don’t surface again for months. The ...

April 5 – Read a Road Map Day

April 5 is National Read a Road Map Day. When Columbus set out from Spain, he was convinced the world ...

Mar. 28 – Running into History

On Mar. 28, 1990, sprinter Jesse Owens received the Congressional Gold Medal from President George H.W. Bush. In 1936, Jesse ...

Mar. 20 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin

On Mar. 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Stowe’s abolitionist novel galvanized abolitionist sentiment in many northern ...

Mar. 16 – National Freedom of Information Day

March 16 is National Freedom of Information Day. Justice Louis Brandeis famously said that, “Publicity is justly commended as a ...

Mar. 7 – Selma

On Mar. 7, 1965, Civil Right marchers left Selma for Montgomery, Alabama to protest lack of voting rights for African ...

Mar. 1 – Everyone Loves Peanut Butter

Mar. 1 is National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day. Peanut Butter is a quintessentially American food. And even in places (like ...

Feb. 21 – Assassination of Malcolm X

On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was murdered. Malcolm X was a leading figure of the radical side of the ...

Feb. 22 – Walking the Dog

Feb. 22 is National Walk the Dog Day. Desegregation decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, and the Civil Rights ...

Feb. 6 – Monopoly

On Feb. 6, 1935, the first game of Monopoly made by Parker Brothers went on sale. In 1903, Elizabeth Magie ...

Jan. 30 – The Tet Offensive

On Jan.30, 1968, communist forces of the North Vietnamese army and the Viet Cong broke a cease-fire established to celebrate ...

Jan. 25 – Opposite Day

Jan. 25th is Opposite Day. Many things have not gone as planned in American history. For instance, in 1948 it ...

Jan. 16 Religion as Helping Shape American History

Religion played a fundamental role in the settlement of North America. The Pilgrims, who helped settle New England, were fleeing ...

Jan. 9: Nerds-to Rule them All

Jan. 9 is World Nerd Day. Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence have placed an ever-higher premium on intelligence. But ...

Jan. 2 – Stranger than Fiction

Jan. 2 is Science Fiction Day When Orson Wells’ radio production of War of The Worlds was broadcast on Oct. ...

Dec. 20 – National Underdog Day

Dec. 20 is National Underdog Day. Hollywood is full of underdog stories, and it is one of the things (but ...

Oct. 30 – “Rumble in the Jungle”

On October 30, 1974, Mohammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the 8th round, retaking the world heavyweight boxing championship. …

Dec. 13 National Cocoa Day

Dec. 13 is National Cocoa Day Nothing means winter so much as hot chocolate with marshmallows! Cocoa is referred to ...

Dec. 11 – Ponzi Schemes

On December 8, Bernie Madoff was arrested for running the largest Ponzi scheme in world history and committing the biggest investment fraud in U.S. history. In a Ponzi scheme (named for Charles Ponzi who committed fraud in 1919-1920), a person claims to be running an investment business, but in fact he uses the funds of new investors to pay fake returns to prior investors.

Dec. 7 – The Economics of War

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States officially declared war on the Axis powers ...

Dec. 3 – Roof Over Your Head Day

December 3 is National Roof over your Head Day. In 2,000, it was estimated that between 2.3 and 3.5 million Americans experienced homeless in any given year—about 1% of the population.

Nov. 26 – Monday Madness

Nov. 26, Cyber Monday (First Monday after Thanksgiving) We all know the internet has been nothing short of revolutionary. It ...

Nov. 23 – Starbucks or Speedway?

Nov. 23, National Espresso Day. We all have habits that can be pretty costly in the long run. Whether you ...

Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the truly American holiday. Unlike all the rest of our holidays, it is fixed on a Thursday, meaning ...

Nov. 15 – Making Money with Stocks

Nov. 15, First Stock Ticker Debuts Investing in the stock market can be pretty intimidating for the average American, especially ...

Nov. 15 – National Educational Support Professionals Day

Nov. 15 is National Educational Support Professionals Day. Many schools 150 years ago consisted of a building, some furniture, and ...

Nov. 7 – I’m Stressing Out, Man!

November 7, National Stress Awareness Day Whether it’s work related, family related, school related, or just due to the innumerable ...

Nov. 4 – Trick or Treat? Who Benefits When Daylight Changes?

On Nov. 5, 2017  most of us will need to turn our clocks back one hour for Daylight Saving Time.  …

Nov. 1 – Calzone and pennies

Nov. 1 is National Calzone Day! Kramer tries to pay in pennies. Are pennies legal tender? Are businesses required to …

Oct. 31 – Trick or Treat?

Have you ever noticed that parks are often messier than shopping malls? Or that people take better care of their ...

Oct. 25 – Equilibrium price of Chucky

Oct. 25 is National Chucky Day. The movie “Child’s Play” is actually based on a real event. In 1906, a …

Oct. 22 – Standard Oil Becomes a Trust

On Oct. 22, 1882, Standard Oil became a trust, to try to circumvent anti-monopoly laws. A monopoly exists when only ...

Oct. 19 – 1st Blockbuster Store

On October 19th 1985, the first Blockbuster video store opens in Texas. Blockbuster, a childhood staple for millenials, revolutionized the ...

Oct. 19 – Black Monday

On Monday, Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market fell more than 22%, the largest one-day loss in the history of …

Oct. 18 – Credit Could Ruin Your Life, or Charm Your Wife

October 18, National Get Smart About Credit Day. The credit card system is kind of like a superpower. It gives ...

Oct. 12 – Keeping up with the Joneses

October 12, National Savings Day. Developing good savings habits is a big challenge for many people. One of the most ...

Oct. 12 – Angus Deaton & Poverty

On Oct. 12, 2015, Angus Deaton, professor of economics at Princeton University, won the Nobel Prize. Deaton’s contribution focused on …

Oct. 11 – Who Gets The Blonde?

On Oct. 11, 1994, John Nash won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the Nash Equilibrium, one …

Oct. 5 – Rodney Dangerfield & Business

On October 5, 2004, Rodney Dangerfield died. Dangerfield was a comedian and actor, famous for his tagline, “I don’t get …

Oct. 3 – The Bank Bailout

Oct. 3, The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 The financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing recession shook the ...

Sept. 29 – The World’s First Billionaire

On Sept. 29th, American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world’s first billionaire. John D. Rockefeller, most famous for ...

Sept. 28 – Private vs. Public Goods

On September 28, 2008, SpaceX launched the first private spacecraft. SpaceX Falcon 1 August 2, 2008 with stage separation and …

Sept. 27 – Broken Windows

On Sept. 27, Hurricane Inez slammed into the Caribbean, then Florida, and on into Mexico. About 1,000 people died. At ...

Sept. 21 – NFL Player Strike

On September 21, 1982, the National Football League players went on strike (Peyton Manning was just starting elementary school in …

Sept. 18 – More Mac, More Problems

September 18, National Cheeseburger Day The quintessential cheeseburger, perhaps the most classic of American foods, has become synonymous with fast-food ...

Sept. 14 – OPEC

Watch: CSE – What is OPEC? CSE: What is OPEC? from Certell on Vimeo. OPEC, or the Organization of Petroleum …

Sept. 10 – Andrew Jackson shuts down the Second Bank of the U.S.

On Sept. 10, 1833, Andrew Jackson shut down the Second National Bank of the United States. The National Bank had ...

September 7 – Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

On September 7, 2008, the Federal Government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie …

Sept. 1 – National Tailgating Day

Sept. 1st is National Tailgating Day! The temperatures are beginning to cool, the leaves are turning brilliant colors, and there ...

Aug. 30 Tragedy of the Commons – Climate Change

On Aug. 30, 2006, California Senate passes Global Warming Solutions Act. If you ask the average American what the greatest ...

Aug. 29 – Inflation

On August 29, 1862, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was formed. Originally its purpose was to print paper money …

August 22 – National Tooth Fairy Day

Watch: CSE – The Tooth Fairy CSE – The Tooth Fairy – Official Trailer (HD) – 20th Century FOX from …

August 17 – National Thriftshop Day

Watch: Macklemore – Thrift Shop THRIFT SHOP (G rated Radio Edit Clean version) – MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT. WANZ …

August 17 – North Korea

Watch: CSE – North Korea Explained CSE – North Korea Explained from Certell on Vimeo. On August 17, 1945, Korea …

August 11 – Andrew Carnegie

Watch: Andrew Carnegie’s Rise From Poverty Read: Andrew Carnegie and his family arrived in America from Scotland in 1848, virtually …

August 3 – National Watermelon Day

August 3 is National Watermelon Day. The world record for spitting watermelon seeds is 68 feet 9 1/8 inches. Check …

May 31 – Autonomous Vehicle Day

May 31 is National Autonomous Vehicle Day. The dream of self-driving cars and trucks is very near to becoming reality. ...

May 24 – Play Ball!

On May 24, 1935, Major League Baseball had its first night game. The first night baseball game was played in ...

May 15 – Rationing, Central Planning

On May 15, 1942, seventeen states introduced gasoline rationing to support the war effort. A prominent economist, Professor Peter Boettke, ...

May 10 – Uniting the Country

On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, Central Pacific Railroad President Leland Stanford hammered the final spike into the ...

May 1 – The Tallest in the World

May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building officially opened. The Empire State Building may be the most iconic structure in ...

April 26 – Wealthy … or Rich?

On April 26, 1711, David Hume was born. David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, most famous for his writing on ...

April 19 – Get to Work!

On April 19, 1932, Herbert Hoover proposed a five-day work week. Through most of Western history, people have worked six ...

April 11 – Groovin’

April 11 is National Eight Track Tape Day. The 8-track is considered a bridge technology between earlier reel-to-reel tape players, ...

April 5 – Burr rr rr iiiito Day

April 5 is National Burrito Day. Are you a burrito person? Or a taco person? Interestingly, there is a huge ...

Mar. 28 – Eskimo Pie Day

Mar. 28 is Eat an Eskimo Pie Day! Eskimo Pies were invented in 1921, and patented in 1922. The inventor, ...

Mar. 22 – Goof Off!

Mar. 22 is National Goof Off Day. One of the most classic films about goofing off is Ferris Bueller’s Day ...

Mar. 16 – Bear Market

On Mar. 16, 2008, Bear Stearns collapsed, setting the stage for the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008-09. The ...

Mar. 7 – National Be Heard Day

Each year on the 7th day of March, National Be Heard Day is observed across the country by small businesses. ...

Feb. 28 – National Sleeping Day

Feb. 28 is National Public Sleeping Day. We all know that we’re more productive when we’re well-rested. For many people, ...

Feb. 21 – Workers of the World!

On Feb. 21, 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto. It was not until the formation of ...

Feb. 14 – Happy? Valentine’s Day

Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day. Love is usually thought of as something outside economics, but of course a lot of ...

Feb. 8 – Go Fly a Kite

Feb. 8 is National Kite Flying Day. The kite was invented in China around the 5th Century B.C. as trade ...

Feb. 1 – National Get up Day

Feb. 1 is National Get up Day National Get Up day was formed in 2017, and was created by American ...

Jan. 24 – 1984 is not like 1984

On Jan. 24, 1984, Apple released the Macintosh computer. Apple, Inc. is one of the largest companies in the world ...

Jan. 18 – Everything is Honey

Jan. 18 is Winnie the Pooh Day. Pooh’s many adventures have inspired children and adults since 1926. Questions: In Pooh’s ...

Jan. 11 – National Milk Day

Jan. 11 is National Milk Day. Milk is a highly regulated product in the United States and over the years ...

Jan. 1 – “Breaking up is hard to do …”

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X Commercial Portable Cellular Phone Image source: Motorola, Inc. Legacy Archives Collection On Jan. 1, 1984, the AT&T ...

Dec. 20 – It’s a Wonderful Life

On Dec. 20, 1946, “It’s a Wonderful Life” premiered in New York. A bank’s function is to take in savings ...

Dec. 2 First Day of Hanukkah in 2018

Dec. 2 is the first day of Hanukkah in 2018. To learn more about the meaning and history of Hanukkah, ...

Dec. 10 – Human Rights

On December 10, 1948, The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved, ushering in a new era in world history in which all nations agreed to a set of universal principles governing the treatment of their citizens.

Dec. 6 – Microwave Oven Day

Dec. 6 is Microwave Oven Day. The Microwave Oven was invented in 1946 by Percy Spencer. It works by using ...

Dec. 4 – A World Government?

While the United Nations was founded in October 1945, before the United States could become involved, it needed the U.S. Senate (along with many other countries’ political bodies) to ratify the United Nations Treaty.

Dec. 1 – Rosa Parks is arrested

Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her ...

Nov. 22 – Go for a Ride Day

Nov. 22 is Go for a Ride Day. Americans have always been attached to our transportation (although the video is ...

Nov. 22 – John F. Kennedy assassinated

John F. Kennedy was a democrat and the 35th president of the United States. He died an unfortunate death on ...

Nov. 22 – Easy Ridin’

Nov. 22 is “Go for a Ride” day. Originally, motorcycles were primarily a form of low-cost transport, and they still ...

Nov. 17 – The House Approves NAFTA

Nov. 17 U.S. House of Representatives Approves NAFTA With a vote of 234 for and 200 against, the North American ...

Nov. 15 – Clean out your Refrigerator Day

Nov.15 is National Clean out your Refrigerator Day Sometimes, it is just time to do a thorough cleaning and get …

Nov. 13 – The Magic Bus

On Nov. 13, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that segregated buses in Alabama were unconstitutional. The ending of the Civil ...

Nov. 8 – Reagan Elected Governor of California

On Nov. 8, 1966, Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California. Reagan had been an actor and speaker before he …

Nov. 6 – Election Day 2018

Every Tuesday following the first Monday in November is Election Day! Confused already? This year, 2018, it happens to fall ...

Oct. 30 – Mutually Assured Destruction

On Oct. 30, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved NSC resolution 162/2, which set the terms and strategy for the ...

Oct. 30 John Adams, “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

On Oct. 30, 1735, John Adams was born. Adams was an important figure during the American Revolution, and twice served …

Oct. 25 – Nixon Vetoes War Powers Resolution

Oct. 25, 1973 President Nixon vetoes the War Powers Resolution, however, Congress passed the law over Nixon’s veto on Nov. ...

Oct. 23 – What’s a trillion dollars among friends?

Oct. 23, 1981, the national debt rose to $1 trillion. After watching the video, does any of this make sense? …

Oct. 18 – The Last Frontier

On Oct. 18, 1867, Russia formally transferred control of Alaska to the United States. Alaska was probably the first part …

Oct. 15 – Clarence Thomas’s Confirmation

On Oct. 15, 1991, the Senate voted 52 to 48 to confirm Clarence Thomas as justice on the Supreme Court. ...

Oct. 13 Third presidential debate with Nixon in Hollywood and Kennedy in NY

On Oct. 13, 1960, Richard Nixon (Republican) and John F. Kennedy (Democrat) engaged in their third presidential debate. This contest ...

Oct. 12 – What’s fair is fair?- or isn’t it?

On Oct. 12, 1977, the Supreme Court heard the landmark Regents of University of California v. Bakke (1978) case on …

Oct. 11 – SNL Debuts

On Oct. 11, 1975, the social commentary comedy show called Saturday Night Live (or SNL for short) hit the screen. ...

Oct. 11 – Government – Life of the Party

October 11 is “It’s My Party” Day Seinfeld – Political Party Mascots from Certell on Vimeo. Political parties first emerged …

Oct. 5 – Iran Contra Scandal Unravels

On Oct. 5, 1986, Eugene Hasenfus’ plane was shot down by members of the Sandinista regime, the governing party in ...

Oct. 2 – “I disapprove of what you say, but…”

On Oct. 2, 1789, George Washington proposed the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, called the Bill of Rights. Some …

Oct. 1 – Nazi Sentencing at Nuremberg

Oct. 1, 1946, the International Military Tribunal (IMT) issues verdicts against leading Nazis at Nuremberg. In the aftermath of World ...

Sept. 28 – Should the Government Protect Us?

On September 28, 1904, a woman was arrested for smoking in an open car. “A policeman on horseback reportedly stopped …

Sept. 27 – John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Great Britain

On Sept. 27th, 1779, the American Continental Congress appointed John Adams as the minister in charge of negotiating peace and ...

Sept. 24 – The First Supreme Court

On Sept. 24, 1789 the Judiciary Act of 1789 was passed by Congress after being signed by President George Washington, ...

Sept. 21 – Sandra Day O’Connor

On September 21, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice on the Supreme Court. She was appointed by …

Sept. 17 – Constitution and Citizenship Day

On Sept. 17, 1787 the Constitution was signed. Each year, on what has become known as Constitution Day, publicly funded ...

Sept. 13 – National Positive Thinking Day

September 13 is National Positive Thinking Day It turns out that, left to our own devices, we (as a species) …

Sept. 11 – 9/11 Terror Attacks on America

On Sept. 11th, 2001, the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda coordinated the deadliest terror attack in United States history at the ...

Sept. 4 – Is Google a Monopoly?

Sept. 4, Google is incorporated Over the past 20+ years, the phrase “Google it” has become synonymous with “look it ...

Sept. 3 – Labor Day

Labor Day is the first Monday in September in the United States. Labor Day became an official national holiday in …

Aug. 29 – The longest filibuster

On August 29, Democratic (he later changed parties a couple of times) Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina ended the …

Aug. 27 – Red Scare dominates American politics

On Aug. 27, 1952, The New York Times published three stories about the impact of the “Red Scare” on the ...

August 24 – The Communist Control Act

On August 24, 1954, President Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act. Watch: CSG – The Hollywood Blacklist The Hollywood Blacklist- …

August 15 – The Sell or Starve Act

On August 15, 1876, Congress passed legislation cutting off all funds to the Lakota people until they gave up claim …

August 11 – is National Presidential Joke Day

Watch: We Begin Bombing in 5 minutes Watch: Reagan Tells Soviet Jokes Common Sense Government Read: Is it “Presidential” to …

August 1 – Watergate

Watch: All the President’s Men Clip All the President's Men from Certell on Vimeo. Read: On August 1, the first …

June 1 – All the News, All the Time

On June 1, 1980, CNN went live with the first 24/7 cable news channel. Today, we take for granted that ...

May 23 – A Penny for your Thoughts

May 23 is Lucky Penny Day. Do you still use pennies? For several decades, now, the U.S. government has been ...

May 17 – Separate But Not Equal

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that separate but equal schools for black children were an unconstitutional ...

May 10 – J. Edgar and the FBI

On May 10, 1924, J. Edgar Hoover became the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI is much ...

May 1 – It’s the Law!

May 1 is Law Day! It was founded in 1957 by the American Bar Association, with each year having a ...

April 27 – U.S. Grant

On April 27, 1822, Ulysses S. Grant was born. Grant was the 18th President of the United States, and Commanding ...

April 16 – Neither Snow nor Rain … but what about FedEx?

On April 16, 1900, the U.S. Postal Service issued the first book of stamps. Stamp collecting used to be a ...

April 11 – The Great Society

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Lyndon B. Johnson is an enigma. He ...

April 4 – Tippecanoe (and Tyler, too)

On April 4, 1841, President William Henry Harrison died after only 30 days in office. Harrison served the shortest term ...

Mar. 28 – I liked Ike

On Mar. 28, 1969, President Dwight D. Eisenhower died. Dwight David Eisenhower came onto the world stage when he served ...

Mar. 19 – League of Nations

On Mar. 19, 1920, the United States Senate rejected Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations treaty. Woodrow Wilson believed that forward-thinking ...

Mar. 14 – 10 Most Wanted

On Mar. 14, 1950, the FBI published the first FBI 10 Most Wanted list. J. Edgar Hoover was director of ...

Mar. 7 – Breaking Bad

On Mar. 7, 1936, Adolf Hitler broke the Treaty of Versailles by sending troops into the Rhineland, an area of ...

Feb. 26 – It’s so Grand!

On Feb. 26, 1919, Grand Canyon National Park was created. Ten years later, Grand Teton Park was also created. The ...

Feb. 19 – Japanese Internment

On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed executive order 9066, calling for the forcible relocation of Japanese-Americans into ...

Feb. 12 – Impeachment is not Removal

On Feb. 12, 1998, Bill Clinton was acquitted by the United States Senate on the charges of perjury and obstruction ...

Feb. 5 – Packing the Court

On Feb. 5, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt announced a plan to increase the size of the Supreme Court from nine ...

Jan. 29- Bleeding Kansas

On Jan. 29, 1861, Kansas joined the Union as the 34th state. By the time it joined, six states had ...

Jan. 24 – The Tax Man

On Jan. 24, 1916, the Income Tax was ruled constitutional in the United States. Until 1916, the Federal government was ...

Jan. 17 – Ben’s Big Day

Ben Franklin was born on Jan. 17, 1706. Ben Franklin was one of the leading figures of the Enlightenment, as ...

Jan. 8 – Debt Free

On Jan. 8, 1835, the United States’ National Debt hit $0 for the first and only time in history! Watch ...

Jan 4 – National Spaghetti Day

Jan. 4 is national spaghetti day. The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the deity of a spoof religion created to make ...

Dec. 18 – Official End of Slavery

While the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in rebel states in 1863, the ending of the Civil War did not automatically ...

June 1 – All the News, All the Time

On June 1, 1980, CNN went live with the first 24/7 cable news channel. Today, we take for granted that ...

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