Category Archives: The History of…

The History of… People, Places, and Things. The who, what, when, where, why, and how of historical events!

The History of Benefits in America

The widespread social benefits program of America began during the Civil War. A deceased Union soldier’s widow and orphans could draw a salary as of 1982. By 1890, Union soldiers drew disability pensions, and by 1906 they received old-age pensions. Despite that, there was no move by the Federal government to institute benefits in general society. By 1882, the Alfred Dodge Company started giving pensions to its long-time employees. However,… Read More »

The History of Board Games

For many people, board games represent a staple of family gatherings. But board games actually go back much further than many of us might initially think. Let’s take a brief look into the history of the board game, how it has changed over the years and what players today can expect from modern day board games. The earliest ever recorded board game is senet traces of which have been found… Read More »

The History of Epidemiology: Thank You Hippocrates and Girolamo

So I ran across an infographic the other day that was basically a breakdown of how Ebola spreads (created by the MPH program at USC). My first reaction to the infographic was “Ewww. That’s nasty!” My second was to wonder how they had figured all of this out. Well, the answer is “Epidemiology”. It’s gross. It’s weird. It’ll make you afraid to touch anything. And because I firmly believe in… Read More »

Where Babies Come From: A History of Childbirth

As nice as it may sound, the stork is not a central figure in delivering babies—nor do any DIY kits purchased from IKEA come into play. But this isn’t an article about ‘the birds and the bees,’ exactly. As interesting as that story is, what comes next—and how babies actually do arrive on the scene—has its own unique history. The story of babies coming into the world—like so much of… Read More »

The History of the Weekend

There are always inventions and aspects of live that people take for granted. Personally, I take air conditioning for granted every day. It is one of those certainties in life we’ve grown accustomed to, only to notice it once it’s too late. I grew up in a family that had weekends off, it was a given: from Friday night to Monday morning, my family didn’t work. It wasn’t until I became… Read More »

The History and Traditions of the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is almost upon us and come January 31st, the celebrations will begin not just in China, but in many locations around the world. While little is known about the exact beginning of the New Year’s celebrations in China, one such legend says the celebrations began after an attack, on New Year’s Eve, from a mythical beast called the ‘Year’ – or ‘Nián’ in Mandarin. The beast, which was… Read More »