Father Miguel Hidalgo’s admirers–or maybe his enemies–nicknamed him “El Zorro” (the fox). Though Hidalgo was not the inspiration for the fictional hero of that name (who supposedly lived in California), the true “Zorro” may be even more legendary.
Sometimes students (and teachers) get the mid-winter blahs. Maybe things got a little crazy after Thanksgiving as you tried to find time for school and holidays. Excited students have trouble focusing. Then after Christmas it can take a while to get back on schedule. A field trip might be just the change of pace you need to rejuvenate your enthusiasm, and Spring is a great time of
History is not just about long-ago events. History is being made every day. I was alive, but not old enough to remember when John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. I was 10 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle and walked on the moon. The first word from the moon's surface? HOUSTON! ("Houston, the Eagle has landed.") My grandmother was
When Spain returned Louisiana to France in 1800, one of the stipulations of the Treaty of San Illdefonso was that France would NOT sell the territory to the United States. …but Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte dreamed of a French Empire. He needed money to fund his army, so he made an offer to President Thomas Jefferson.
Did you know that there are five varieties of bluebonnet “officially” recognized as the State Flower?
Howard Robard Hughes Jr. was born into a wealthy and accomplished family on December 24, 1905 and grew up to become a highly successful entrepreneur in his own right--one of the wealthiest men in the world during his lifetime...but wealth, fame, and success did not make him happy. Hughes was rather brilliant. Interested in science and technology as a boy, he built the first wireless
As I've researched a number of famous people for this year's Happy Birthday series, I've discovered something: Attitude is everything! :) If you've ever wished someone would share with you the secret recipe for riches and success, a grateful and confident attitude is definitely one of the main ingredients...and ANYONE can develop an attitude of gratitude! Many famous and wealthy
Dan Blocker was born on December 10, 1928 in DeKalb in northeastern Texas, but the family soon moved to O'Donnell, Texas in the northwestern Panhandle where they opened a store. As a boy Dan attended Texas Military Institute in southeastern San Antonio, then college at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and Sul Ross State Teacher's College in southwestern Alpine where he played
Pattillo "Bud" Higgins was born in Sabine Pass, Texas on December 5, 1863. He seemed to have a rough start almost from the very beginning. He quit school in fourth grade, and his father apprenticed him to a gunsmith--a dangerous trade, perhaps, for a boy with Bud's somewhat explosive temperament. Already he had a reputation as a troublemaker. He seemed especially fond of bullying
Oliver Loving, son of Joseph and Susannah Loving of Kentucky, was born December 4, 1812. At 21 he married Susan Morgan. They began a farm where they grew, among other things, their family of 9 children. But ten years later these Kentucky farmers heard of a deal that was too good to pass up. The Republic of Texas was offering land at bargain prices, so Oliver along with his brother and