On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite, into earth’s orbit. Traveling at around 18,000 MPH, the spherical device circled the earth every 93 minutes, transmitting radio pulses from its protruding antennae around the globe.
On August 6th, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Right Act of 1965 into law, outlawing any state effort to “deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” This law was a watershed moment for the Civil Rights movement and helped ensure a generation of African-Americans access to the polls.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal law explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.
In “The Devil’s Rope,” first place winner in the Senior Individual Website category, Andrew White explores the fascinating history of barbed wire, including its invention, role in the American West, applications in war and modern usages.
In their group website, “A Turning Point in the Communication Age: The ARPANET, The Ancestor of the Modern Internet,” Matthew Baker, Christopher Calandria, Jake Leland of James Martin High School argue that the “ARPANET” system was the precursor to the modern Internet.
The Internet is an indelible part of the 21st century world, exerting a powerful impact over our work, social lives and even our politics. So how did it become such a powerful and ever-present tool?
Jason Brooks, a student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, has created a website that explores the causes of World War I using the Bargaining Model of War.
Rosie the Riveter, with her red handkerchief and sculpted biceps, has become an easily recognizable national cultural icon. But what about the message behind the poster? From where did this image of a strong, confident, working woman originate?
On the evening of October 27, 1983, President Reagan addressed the American people on live television to discuss unsettling events taking place on the Caribbean island of Grenada.
In 1972, the U.S. Congress passed Title IX to end discrimination against women in education.