History Matters: Google, Columbus Day and More

History Matters: Google, Columbus Day and More

Today, October 14, is a long-established U.S. national holiday in honor of the Catholic Italian Explorer Christopher Columbus who was the first to discover and bring settlers to the new world of what just a few centuries later became the United States of America. There’s much more to the story that you and I learned…

HISTORY MATTERS: Triumph of the Führer: January 30, 1933

HISTORY MATTERS: Triumph of the Führer: January 30, 1933

On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of the German republic, but how could such a man gain such power? Hitler’s message of social justice appealed to workers and the lower middle class. Since Hitler knew what it was to struggle to make a living, they thought they had found in him a…

HISTORY MATTERS: The Pope Escapes Napoleon: January 23, 1814

HISTORY MATTERS: The Pope Escapes Napoleon: January 23, 1814

Napoleon’s victories and his defeat at Leipzig came as distant rumors to Pope Pius VII at Fontainebleau. Because the pope was undergoing a bitter struggle of his own, he had cared little for such news. In January 1813, nine months before the Battle of Leipzig, the pope had received a sudden visit from Napoleon. The…

History Matters: The Fall of Constantinople: May 29, 1453

History Matters: The Fall of Constantinople: May 29, 1453

You and I grew up learning that Istanbul as the capital of Turkey. We don’t give it a second thought. But Istanbul used to be called Constantinople, once a fortress of Christianity thanks to the remarkable and radical faith conversion of the Emperor Constantine the Great. Famed for its massive and complex defenses, including a…