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The Life and Times of America’s First Murderer

John Billington isn’t a household name today, but when Englishmen started settling in the New World, he became infamous as the colonies’ first convicted killer. In 1620, the Mayflower left England and sailed across the Atlantic to New England. Many of the ship’s passengers were Puritan dissenters who had separated from the  Church of England — [...]

Meet 5 Pioneering Women

March is Women’s History Month, because women make history, even when they don’t make the history books. It’s not always easy to find the fascinating females hidden among the archives of those who settled the United States. Whether they are builders, barrier breakers, victims, or criminals, here are five interesting women whose stories were left [...]

Not-So-Famous Firsts: Tornado Edition

Tornado Season 2011 has begun in the extreme – as of May 23, Mother Nature had unleashed a whopping 1,151 twisters in the U.S., more than double the 506 that had touched ground by this same time in 2010. “Sudden Gust” It is believed that a journal entry made by Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop [...]