Past politicians, legislation and political movements have changed the course of history in ways both big and small. Welcome to our blast to the past.
Mahatma Gandhi Biography
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi was a major political and spiritual leader of India who led the country in the non-cooperation movement in 1922 and Salt march in 1930 and later in Quit India movement in 1942 during its struggle for independence. Known as Beloved Baapu in India, Mahatma Gandhi adopted the policy of mass disobedience and non-violent resistance as weapons against the British Rule in India and followed a principle of Ahimsa (total Non-Violence). He endured several hardships, was arrested and occasionally beaten in his journey and struggle to Justice and Freedom. However, his struggle does not restrict to India itself, as the leader played a key role in the Civil Rights movement in South Africa and secured them the right to justice and equality. His birthday 2 October is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday and as the International Non-Violence day across the world.
Archway to history: India Gate turns 100
Here's one for history buffs. After whom is Delhi's iconic shopping centre Connaught Place named? Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught. That was easy. Here's a tough one. Who set the ball rolling for the construction of India Gate? Duke of Connaught again.
Nigeria at 61
Nigeria a country whose name was coined from the River Niger flowing through the country. A Nation flowing with milk, honey and blessed with all natural resources mankind can ever ask or pray for, Nigeria a country full of diversity, a nation that has got over 500 Languages been spoken. A great nation blessed with great and sound minds. She was colonized by the British in the year 1960, and later then became a republic in the year 1963.
Alfred Nobel-The founder of the Nobel prize
Swedish businessman Alfred Nobel wrote in his will that the Peace Prize would be awarded to a five-member committee elected by Norway's Storting (Parliament). The Nobel Prize was nominated as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1884 and ordered that the physics and chemistry awards be awarded annually by the Swedish Academy, that physical and medical achievements be awarded by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and the books by the Academy in Stockholm and that the award is recognized by the Peace Committee of the Supreme Law Council of Norway.
Thomas Edison is credited with inventions such as the first practical incandescent light bulb and the phonograph. He held over 1,000 patents for his inventions.
The day the world got smaller
6:45am, a not-so-nutritious breakfast of cookies with chocolate chips and a banana was all I could grab, I was running late. I headed straight to my beloved pool for my morning training. There, my typical day by day it was about to start. I knew that according to my schedule, it was going to be a semi-tough day. 400mts warm up, 2 blocks of 200mts kick only (without fins), 3 blocks of 500mts + 200mts to relax and shake the stress on your muscles after that awful amount of meters between yells and our trainer’s orders. That’s how the day the world got smaller started to me.
The Myth of Canadian Superiority
As a Canadian born long after America’s supposed “Golden Age,” I have grown up with the celebrated notion of Canadian superiority. In school, well-meaning teachers bragged about the inherent multiculturalism of Canada, referencing famous Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s famous Multiculturalism Act when discussing the legacy of racism in the United States. Canada was designated as some sort of shining beacon for anti-racism and inclusion, while the US was its wayward, bigoted neighbour.
The Great Escape From Slavery Pt. 1
Written with the utmost respect & in loving memory of grammy, Ms. P, "Big Madea", who forever changed my mind and my life. I love you. 1921- 2004 <3
The Great Escape From Slavery Pt. 2
William and Ellen Craft (This is my favorite story.) William and Ellen married in Macon, Georgia, in 1846, but were owned by different slave masters. The two, madly in love, feared their separation and vowed to escape slavery.
The Great Escape From Slavery Pt. 3
The Pearl Incident The Pearl Incident is the largest non-violent attempted slave escape in American history. Though the escape ended disastrously, it helped end the slave trade in Washington, D.C.
The Tragic Plight of Enslaved Wet Nurses
Since slavery, the dehumanization of black people has been entrenched deeply in the social pyramid. One such is the tragic case of black mothers who were forced to breastfeed their owner's children at the expense on their own.
The Falling Man of 9/11
For one hour and 42-minutes, America watched in horror on Sept. 11, 2001, as the Twin Towers at One World Trade Center in New York City crumbled to the ground with thousands of people trapped inside after two hijacked airplanes enacted a terrorist attack on America.