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A Look Back on This Week in History

It is that time of year where 2018 is drawing to an end and we look forward with anticipation to all that 2019 will bring.  Many of us are coming down from the Christmas hustle and bustle.  It is a great time to unwind and reflect on the year in review.  I thought that this would be a good time to write a post that highlights some notable moments that occurred this week in history.  Trivia buffs rejoice!  For those of you lucky enough to still be spending some time with friends and family, this post will be fun to share around a fire or at the local watering hole!

So let's get to it, here are some events from this week in history that I have found interesting enough to share with all of you!

1620- Construction began on Plymouth Settlement in what will become Massachusetts

1776- General George Washington led beleaguered American Revolutionary troops across Delaware River to attack British and Hessian soldiers in Trenton, NJ

1814- War of 1812 ended with the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between Britain and U.S.

1831- HMS Beagle departed with Charles Darwin on board on five-year survey of southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans

1845- Texas joined the Union as the 28th state

1888- Van Gogh cut off the lobe of his ear in a fit of dementia

1908- Jack Johnson became first African-American heavyweight boxing champion after defeating Canadian Tommy Burns in 14 rounds

1914- “Christmas Truce of 1914” WW1 German soldiers ceased fire, emerged from trenches and began singing Christmas carols.  They approached Allied forces across no-man’s land, extending a greeting of ‘Merry Christmas’, the opposing troops exchanged gifts, sang carols, and even played a friendly game of soccer

1923- Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree

1932- Radio City Music Hall opened

1962- To Kill a Mockingbird film debuted

1966- Jimi Hendrix wrote "Purple Haze" - the song that would later launch Hendrix’s fame in the U.S. and become one the most popular songs of all time

1968- Apollo 8 returned safely, completing the first manned mission to the moon

1969- Curtis Flood challenged the MLB’s reserve clause, paving the way for modern day free agency

1986- American aviators Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager completed the first global flight aboard the aircraft Voyager, circumnavigating the entire globe in 9 days on one load of fuel- with only 5 gallons to spare upon landing

1988- “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison reached #1, driven by airplay on MTV

2002- Katie Hnida became the first female to play in a Div. 1 college football game

(Note: all information was borrowed from The History Channel editors, www.history.com/this-day-in-history)

As you can see, this week in history had a lot of interesting and notable moments.  Some of which have helped shape culture and society today.  Are there any I missed?  Feel free to reach out and share some of your own!

-Tim Mavroules

Tooth Fairy Craft Ideas!

Are you (The Tooth Fairy) running out of ideas or need some new ones?!

Below is some ideas that will spice up the game when your child wakes up the next morning after the Tooth Fairy made a visit!

  • Tooth Fairy Tote Bag: This is a great idea when you have left some affordable tiny gifts. They can carry them around in the Tooth Fairy tote bag!
  • Tooth Fairy Lost Certificate: What a better way than to not only make them smile because of a gift, but increase their smile because of a certificate. Let them know they are doing great and it was an honor that their tooth fell out.
  • Tooth Fairy Basket: No matter what age I am, when I wake up and see a basket full of things I get excited. Make "losing a tooth" experience fun and exciting confidence booster even when it is a awkward transitional period for your child.

  • Fairy Glow Jar: Grab any left behind mason jar fill 3/4 with water and different color loose sparkles from a craft store and every time they lose a tooth they have to shake the jar and make it glow the night before the Tooth Fairy arrives.
  • Tooth Cupcakes: The next morning why not spend some time and make some tooth cupcakes as a treat! Make you favorite flavor and with white frosting make different tooth shapes as a finishing touch!

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