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Lessons in History

The purpose of the history lesson section is to provide an opportunity for you to gain insight of past events that could apply to a current situation. Learning from these events could help in preventing problems and improving the value of current situation. The history collection provides lessons throughout the world and centuries.

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Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great is one of the greatest military strategist and tacticians of all times.

Babe Ruth

George Herman Ruth, Jr.  AKA Babe Ruth, was one of greatest players in the history of baseball.

Balanced Risk

The country was in the middle of financial depression.

Battle of Agincourt

The sun rose brightly following two days of heavy rain.

Battle of Crécy

King Phillip VI of France met King Edward III of England at the Battle of Crécy on August 26, 1346.

Battle of Hastings

On October 14, 1066, the Battle of Hastings took place between the Saxon King, Harold, and the Norman Duke, William.

Battle of New Orleans

In the popular Johnny Horton song the lyrics go like this: We fired our guns and the British kept a'comin; There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago; We fired once more and they began to runnin' on; Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Battle of Tippecanoe

William Henry Harrison is better known for his longest inaugural address and his shortest presidency.

Bully Pulpit

A bully pulpit is an advantageous position from which to express one's views.


In 324 A. D. the Roman emperor Constantine moved the empire's capital to Byzantium, renaming it Constantinople.

Change Habits

Grover Cleveland, 24th President of United States, had a habit of making changes.

Chester Alan Arthur! Who?

Chester Alan Arthur became an accidental president with the long and painful death of James Garfield at the hands of an assassin.

Code duello

Code duello is a set of rules for duels.

Coffee Club

They first gathered in a small storefront on Tower Street in London that offered coffee.

Colonel Hugh Ogden

On January 15th, 1919 in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts had a large molasses storage tank burst, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph killing 21 and injuring 150.

Communication Habits

Ronald Reagan, 40th President of United States developed a habit of communicating just the right amount of information to get his message across.

Connections Habits

James Buchanan, 15th President of United States had a habit of creating and keeping connections.

Convention of 1852

The Democratic Presidential convention of 1852 fielded many notable contenders of their time.


D-Day had two plans, the real plan and the fake plan.

Dark Horse

During the Republican Presidential Convention of 1880 they adopted a unanimously state delegate rule.

Death March

Soon after Pearl Harbor, Japan invaded the Philippines.

Decision Habits

William McKinley, 25th President of United States, had a habit of taking power by making rapid and firm decisions.

Declaration of Independence

The first shot of the American Revolutionary War was fired on April 19, 1775, in the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts.

Dewey Wins

The 1948 presidential election pitted accidental incumbent President Harry S.Truman against very popular and highly favored New York Republican Governor Thomas E. Dewey.

Diogenes the Cynic

Around 337 B.C., Alexander the Great went to visit…

Edmond Hoyle

Edmond Hoyle was born in London in 1671.

Election Dispute over Florida

He won the popular vote, he thought he won the Electoral College, and he thought he was the new president.

Eli Whitney

The cotton that grew inland in the southern United States had tacky green seeds and took workers several hours to remove them from the fluffy white plant.

Father of the Constitution

James Madison, fourth president of the United States, is considered the father of the constitution.

Fear Itself

Franklin D.Roosevelt said in his first inaugural address, delivered on March 4, 1933. "Our distress comes from no failure of substance.

Fireside Chat

Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), Thirty-third President of the United States, gave a weekly radio address to the nation during his four terms that became known as the fireside chat.

First Healer

Gerald Ford had good chemistry.

Focusing Habits

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of United States, had a habit of focusing on the important items.

For Want of a Nail

There is an old proverb that goes: For want of a nail the shoe was lost; For want of a shoe the horse was lost; For want of a horse the rider was lost; For want of a rider the message was lost.

General George McClellan

Born in Philadelphia in 1826, George Brinton McClellan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and West Point in engineering studies.

George Washington

Many stories are told about George Washington, the first president of the United State including…

Good Luck Charm

William McKinley, twenty-fifth President of the United States, loved carnations and wore them as a good luck charm.

Great Society

In the mid-1960s, as part of President Johnson's "Great Society", the United States Congress passed the Economic Opportunity Act.


At midnight on October 25, 1942, on Guadalcanal, the Imperial Japanese Army attacked the U. S. Marines who were defending Henderson Field, the island's air base.

Henry VIII

Henry VIII was King of England from 1509 to 1547.

Herbert Hoover

When most people think of Herbert Hoover, they normally think of his inactions during the Great Depression.

Highway to the Orient

Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States, is best known for his obscurity than his accomplishments.

History of Peer Reviews

Peer reviews have been around since Greek philosophers commented on each other's over their theories and lectures.

Hot Group Six

The definition of a hot group is a special and elite team that comes together to solve a discrete issue or finish a troubled project.

Human Iceberg

Benjamin Harrison, twenty-third president of United States, loved to talk and give speeches.

In Russia with Love

President James Madison appointed by John Quincy Adams as the first official U. S. representative to Russia. Madison provided Adams with a total operating budget of $9,000 per year. This included his salary, housing and all entertainment allowance.

Inaugural Ball

Dolley Madison knew how celebrate and she knew how to give a party.

James Monroe

On March 26, 1796 James Monroe, United States Ambassador to France sent Secretary of State, Timothy Pickering, a report on France's reaction to the Jay's Treaty with Great Britain.

Jimmy Ten Cents

In the months leading up to the presidential election of 1840 that pitted the re-election of Democrat Martin Van Buren against the Whig William Henry Harrison the Whigs instituted a new strategy.

John Basilone

John Basilone was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II.

John Paul Jones

Jim Johnson relates how John Paul Jones, one of the most colorful Naval Captains in history, is a good sponsor. 

John Tyler's Quandary

John Tyler became president of the United States in 1841 after the sudden death of William Henry Harrison.

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin was a major participant in the Russian revolution.

Judgment Habits

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of United States enjoyed a habit of making good judgments throughout his life.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar is considered one of the greatest military strategist and tacticians of all time.

Legend of Marathon

The Marathon-Athens highway runs from Marathon Bay in Greece to the Capital City of Athens for 26 miles.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his painting of the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper.

Leonardo's Champions

Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his paintings of Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and Vitruvian Man.

Lewis and Clark

In 1804, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on their famous expedition.

Liberty Ships

During the first part of World War Two, the United States remained neutral.

Little Magician

Martin Van Buren was no accidental president.

Live Free or Die

Winning the New Hampshire Primary is considered a gateway to the presidency.

Lorena Hickok

Lorena Hickok provides a history lesson in objectivity.  



Malice to None

On April 9, 1865 General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army Northern Virginia to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant in the village of Appomattox's Court House.

Melvin Purvis

Melvin Purvis was J. Edgar Hoover's number-one FBI agent for a time, and easily the Bureau's most famous operative during the 1930s.

Mentoring Habits

John Quincy Adams, 6th President of United States, gained his presidential habits through mentoring by his father, John Adams the second president.

Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

On the midnight of April 18th, 1775 two riders left Charlestown, Massachusetts to warn the New England Militia of the coming for the British Army.

Missouri Compromise

In 1819 the Missouri territory applied for statehood. 


In 1768 Thomas Jefferson started building his home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

New Model Army

History Lesson: New Model Army Great Britain's King Charles I (1600-1649) and his archenemy Oliver Cromwell…

November 19, 1863

The battle began on July 1, 1863 around a town in south central Pennsylvania and ended three days later.

Ownership Habits

Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of United States had a habit of taking ownership of the problem.

Polk's Big Picture

Many historians consider James K. Polk as one of the top ten great US Presidents. Prior to being elected, he pledged to be a one-term president, but would work harder and longer than any president, before or after him, during those four years.

Problem Solving Habits

Grover Cleveland, 22nd President of United States, had a habit of focusing directly on the problem.

Putting a Man on the Moon

In 1961 President John F.Kennedy said the nation would put a man on the moon within a decade.

Remember the Alamo

"We will give them no quarter," announced General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna of the Mexican army.

Richard III

On April 9, 1483 King Edward IV of England died.

Robert G. Shaw

Robert G. Shaw was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1837 and died 25 years later on Morris Island, South Carolina.

Roman Gladiators

In ancient Rome a gladiator was a person trained to fight with other men or with animals for the amusement of spectator crowds.

Seventh Inning Stretch

William Howard Taft loved baseball and enjoyed going to major league games.

Shifting Priorities

The single defining issue of the presidential election of 1888 was the tariffs.

Silent Cal

His nickname was Silent Cal, but his real name was Calvin Coolidge.

Spartan Army

The ancient Spartan army was at its height from the sixth to fourth century BC.

Super Crunchers

Jim Johnson gives Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers is the New Way to be Smart by  Author,  Ian Ayres a rating of 4 out of 5 butterflies.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

On November 7, 1940 the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed into Puget Sound.

The Great Molasses Flood

It had been cold for several days.

The League of Nations

The League of Nations (League) was the brainchild of Woodrow Wilson.

The Man that Never Returned

No he'll never return.

The One track Mind of Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, but spent most of his life in the military service.

The Privy Council

A privy council is a group of people who are appointed to advise the king or queen on political and governmental affairs.

The White House

On November 1, 1800, John Adams with his wife Abigail moved into the White House, which has been the home of every United States President since that time.

Thomas Edison

Jim Johnson recaps Thomas Edison is the most productive inventor in history.

Toxic Executive

President Andrew Johnson poisoned the congressional well when he vetoed the Civil Rights Act of 1866 that gave blacks equal rights.

Training Habits

John F.Kennedy, 35th President of United States gained his presidential habits through formal education and training.

Trench Warfare

Do you think this was the right metric?

USS Essex

 In the early 1900s, Nantucket, a small Island off the Northeast coast of the United States was the Silicon Valley of the world.


In 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy committed 4,000 support troops to South Vietnam.

War Room

Winston Churchill said, "This is the room from which I will direct the war.

Warren G. Harding

On March 2, 1921, Warren Gamaliel Harding became the 29th President of the United States.


The Watergate scandal is a very good example of when a person has crossed the line from self-confidence into arrogance.

Yankee Clipper

The Yankee Clipper was a type of cargo sailing ship that gained fame and fortune in the mid to late nineteenth century.