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A Naval Hero

A Naval Hero

by Judy Konopka

Admiral William Halsey earned his nickname “Bull” with a colorful personality and aggressive attitude. His favorite slogan summed up his approach to waging war: “Hit hard, hit fast, hit often.” During World War II, Halsey was one of America’s top admirals. His tactics helped stopped the advance of Japanese forces in the Pacific...
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The Nuremberg Verdicts

The Nuremberg Verdicts

by Michael Burgan

October 1, 1946, was the last day of the first major Nuremburg trial. In the courtroom, the accused Nazis waited to hear the verdict. The judges came from the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and France. Sir Geoffrey Lawrence of Great Britain was the president of the tribunal, and he began reading the verdict...
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Teddy Roosevelt holding a gun wearing a coon skin hat.

Theodore Roosevelt, Environmentalist

by Michael Burgan

In 1894, while serving on the Civil Service Commission, Theodore Roosevelt had fought to protect Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Even though it was already a national park, laws allowed for partial destruction of the Yellowstone land by railroads and mining...
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Henry Ford sitting in his quadracycle.

Henry Ford’s First Car

by Michael Burgan

At the Edison Illuminating Company, Henry Ford had flexible hours. He had time to visit local machine shops and learn more about making metal parts. And he had time to develop his new engine in a small workshop he built outside the Edison Company...
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A store display of Heinz products.

The Marketing Genius of H. J. Heinz

by Michael Burgan

During the last few years of the 1890s, H. J. Heinz repeatedly showed his genius for promoting his company. While visiting New York City in 1896, he saw a sign advertising “21 styles of shoes.” He thought of the many different foods he sold. He knew there were more than sixty. But for some reason, he thought the number fifty-seven sounded right...
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A photo of Babe Ruth holding a bat near the dugout.

1914 Future Baseball Hall-of-Famers

by Michael Burgan

The 1914 Boston Red Sox featured three future members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Centerfielder Tris Speaker is considered one of best ever at his defensive position, and he led the Sox that year with a .338 batting average.
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    A stamp featuring a statue of Leif Erikson.

    Just Leif's Luck

    by Michael Burgan

    Break out the lutefisk and lefse, give a solemn nod to Martin Luther, and pour another round of Linie Aquavit, because it’s Leif Eriksson Day!
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    A cropped photo of an old movie poster

    No Kidding - Billy The Kid, or "BTK"

    by Michael Burgan

    A Robin Hood of the West.  And a punk cop-killer. An Irish American who sided with an Englishman in a turf war—against other Irish Americans.
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