Constitutional Convention Convenes

Gay Lynn HillStudy Break

On May 25, 1787, with George Washington presiding, the Constitutional Convention formally convened in Philadelphia. Their job? To improve (or replace depending on which delegate you spoke to) the failing Articles of Confederation. Created and adopted during the Revolutionary War, the Articles of Confederation was doomed to fail for a number of reasons, including: The design of the central government ... Read More

May 28 – The 54th Infantry

Gay Lynn HillAmerican History, Bell Ringers

On May 28, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry departed for combat. The 54th was the first African-American regiment created after Abraham Lincoln authorized the recruitment of free blacks and former slaves into the military. The regiment performed heroically, in the frontal assault of Fort Wagner in 1863, took 40 percent casualties, an event immortalized in the film, Glory. Questions: Why ... Read More

June 1 – All the News, All the Time

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Government

On June 1, 1980, CNN went live with the first 24/7 cable news channel. Today, we take for granted that someone is always reporting the news. In fact, depending on how you set notifications on your smartphone, not only is news always to be found on one of several TV channels and web sites, but you can also be notified, ... Read More

May 31 – Autonomous Vehicle Day

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Economics

May 31 is National Autonomous Vehicle Day. The dream of self-driving cars and trucks is very near to becoming reality. Although there are other technologies (like fusion-based atomic power plants) which have been “just around the corner” for decades, with self-driving cars, the engineering problems seem to have been mostly solved, and the remaining work is based on accumulating data, ... Read More

At Least Lindbergh Had Leg Room Study Break

Gay Lynn HillStudy Break

Ninety-one years ago on May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh, a 25-year-old aviator, took off at 7:52 a.m. from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, in the Spirit of St. Louis attempting to win a $25,000 prize for the first solo nonstop flight between New York City and Paris. Thirty-three hours later, after a 3,600 mile journey, he landed at Le Bourget, Paris, ... Read More

May 23 – A Penny for your Thoughts

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Government

May 23 is Lucky Penny Day. Do you still use pennies? For several decades, now, the U.S. government has been trying to remove the lowly penny from circulation, but it never quite gets around to it. Do you any idea of why? For some people, it may be nostalgia. A penny used to be worth something, and it brings back ... Read More

May 24 – Play Ball!

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Economics

On May 24, 1935, Major League Baseball had its first night game. The first night baseball game was played in 1880, only a year after Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Night baseball began in the minor leagues in 1930. In 1935, MLB owners began offering games at night, in addition to during the day. It was only in 1988, ... Read More

Who is the Mother of Mother’s Day?

Gay Lynn HillStudy Break

May 13, 2018 is Mother’s Day in the United States. With origins dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, the American version was created by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother in 1908 and became an official holiday in 1914. Prior to the Civil War, Jarvis’ ... Read More

May 17 – Separate but not Equal

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Government

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that separate but equal schools for black children were an unconstitutional violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. As a result, the United States began a long process of integrating schools across the country, in both the North and the South. To this day, the question of the ... Read More