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Faith Leaders and Compassion for Campers Have Gear for the Unhoused in Woodstock

St, Ann's Episcopal Church in Woodstock will houst the next camping gear for the homeless event. The Faith Leaders of McHenry County and Compassion for Campers will distribute camping gear and supplie

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Woodstock Illinois Homeless McHenry County Faith Leaders Compassion for Campers

Aces and Eights—Wild Bill’s Luck Runs Out

James Butler Hickok had been made semi-legendary as Wild Bill in the penny press and dime novels.  As a genuine celebrity his death was breathlessly covered by the popular press. On August 2, 1876 Jam

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Civil War Buffalo Bill Cody Calamity Jane Deadwood Wild Bill Hickok Western History

Maria Mitchell—Reaching for the Stars

Astronomer Maria Mitchell from an 1851 portrait by H. Dassell.  Today the birthday of the woman who many consider the first professional female scientist in the world. Maria Mitchell was born on Augus

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Astronomy comets history of science Maria Mitchell Vassar

Major League Baseball’s Ordeal—The Bitter Strike of 1981

Note— Until this year’s Coronavirus shortened season, the 1981 Major League Baseball strike caused the longest disruption of games in history.  . On July 31, 1981 a strike against Major League Basebal

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Major League Baseball labor history 1981 Baseball strike Baseball history

Unveiling the Arc de Triomphe 22 Years After Honoree’s Final Defeat

The Arc de Triomphe today on the Place de Charles de Gaulle. In many ways the ceremonial inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (Triumphant Arch of the Star) on July 29, 1836 was a peculiar a

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Paris Charles de Gaulle Franco-Prussian War Napoleon French History Arc de Triomphe Bastile Day. Louis Philippe I