Historical fiction for kids, Truman fears crashing through the roof, droughts, executions, and more Game of Thrones.

The New York Times reveals that the site of the Amtrak train derailment tragically experienced a similar event in 1943.

The movement to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman on the 20 dollar bill is gaining momentum, and has now officially chosen Harriet Tubman for the honor. I am all for this, because I have long described her to my students as “perhaps the bravest person in US history,” and as we know, Jackson was not a big fan of paper money!

With Letterman about to hang it up, it is appropriate that today marks the last TV appearance of Johnny Carson . . . and he did it on Letterman’s show.

Is the solution to our “history deficit” to have more historical fiction for children?

Really cool post from the NPS: 150 years ago, Union troops were traveling through Fredericksburg, Va. on their way to the grand parade in DC. The result was that Sherman’s western troops became some of the area’s first battlefield tourists.

From the Smithsonian: That time Truman worried that he might have fallen naked through the roof down into the middle of a DAR meeting, resulting in the gutting of the White House.

The Atlantic has a brief history of American executions.

Reflecting the current problems in California, Forbes has a short piece on the worst droughts in American history.

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has uncovered a previously uncharted shipwreck deep underwater.

A Ming Dynasty tomb containing gold treasures has been discovered at a construction site in Nanjing, China. However, the real treasures may be two stone epitaphs that tell the story of the person buried there.

And lastly, the history behind Games of Thrones is still in the news (thanks, Snoop Dogg), and the folks at TED-Ed have provided a six-minute animated lesson on the War of the Roses to help teach people the difference between the Lancasters and Lannisters.


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