Photo Friday: Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Today is the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. The factory was located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The fire claimed the lives of 123 women and girls and 23 men, mostly Jewish and Italian immigrants. This fire goes down as one of the deadliest workplace disasters in U.S. history….

When “OK” Became Kewl

This is too good to ignore. On this day in 1839, the term “OK” became part of United States vernacular. It stands for “oll korrect,” a popular misspelling of “all correct.” As kiddos today use “kewl” for “cool” and “DZ” and “these,” young folks back then did the same kind of thing. Go figure. The…

This Day in History: Laura Ingalls Wilder Dies

Famous storyteller of 19th-century prairie life, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House children’s series. On this day in 1957, Wilder died in Mansfield, Missouri. She was 90 years old. I’m working my way through her books. They are a delight no matter how old you are. If you ever watched the “Little House on…

Photo Friday: February is Black History Month

Whether or not you’ve seen the movie Hidden Figures, you need to know about Katherine Johnson (1918-2020). She was a NASA mathematician whose calculations helped astronaut Alan Shepard become the first American to reach space. Her work also played a crucial role in John Glenn’s successful orbit of the Earth during the Friendship 7 mission.