Category: History

Holiday Break: Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Holiday Break: Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

For Thanksgiving 2015, we thought it would be fun to share the holiday reflections of some Americans past.  If you visit the Library of Congress in the digital world, you can read all kinds of interesting stories.  Some share Thanksgiving memories from the Great Depression, others going back even further into the 1800s and the […]

November 26, 2015 | By More
Millennials & Home Buying:  What Impacts Home Ownership?

Millennials & Home Buying: What Impacts Home Ownership?

For previous generations, home buying was a default decision.  Even for young professionals who had not taken the “walk down the aisle” purchased a home just for the investment benefit.  But, following the financial crisis of 2007, mortgage crisis, and the student loan crisis that has entered the economic picture over the last years, the […]

November 3, 2015 | By More
Holiday Break – Memorial Day 2015

Holiday Break – Memorial Day 2015

Today is a special day.  It’s Memorial Day here in the United States.  We wanted to provide a selection of reflective articles and video shares.  In these are recognition of the men and women who have served.  In all a rich appreciation of those who have made our history. The video, Flags-In: The Army’s Old […]

May 25, 2015 | By More
What Does Auld Lang Syne Mean?

What Does Auld Lang Syne Mean?

New Year’s Eve is a matter of hours away now.  If you’re awake somewhere around the world when your time zone hits midnight, you’ll likely sing Auld Lang Syne.  Did you know what the phrase Auld Lang Syne really means?  How about where it originated?  We were curious, so we found out. In the Homework, […]

December 30, 2014 | By More
History of the National Christmas Tree

History of the National Christmas Tree

Considering that Christmas trees are an integral part of today’s holiday celebration, we thought it would be fun to share a few facts about the history of the National Christmas Tree.  The National Park Service website provides some wonderful articles.  We think you’ll find today’s information interesting.  And, we encourage you to share a little […]

December 23, 2014 | By More
Who is Janet Yellen at the Federal Reserve Bank?

Who is Janet Yellen at the Federal Reserve Bank?

My father served in World War II, and I remember him talking about some of his buddies when he was stationed in Guam. Last night I watched an excellent program on WTTW (Public Television) regarding World War II and D-Day. The director of the film had brought in some of the veterans who had participated […]

May 29, 2014 | By More
A Woman’s Job Options in 1907 America

A Woman’s Job Options in 1907 America

What were some of the events of the day in 1907?  Some of the big names in earlier Hollywood were born:  Katharine Hepburn (my niece’s favorite actress) and Barbara Stanwyck.  The steamship Baltic arrived in New York bringing with it over a thousand unmarried “Old World beauties”.  One of the women was quoted as saying, […]

March 6, 2014 | By More
Valentine’s Day and Our Love of Chocolate!

Valentine’s Day and Our Love of Chocolate!

For those readers who are part of our MoneyBasicsU family, you know that from time to time I make little confessions.  Today is one of those days.  Here is my confession.  I absolutely love chocolate.  And, it’s totally not my fault!  It was passed down through the gene pool in my family.  My mom loves […]

February 14, 2014 | By More
Why Pay Attention to the New York Stock Exchange?

Why Pay Attention to the New York Stock Exchange?

How about two pieces of trivia regarding the New York Stock Exchange?  (1) ●  The first stockbrokers met under a buttonwood tree in New York on May 17, 1792 to “sign an agreement that would establish the rules for buying and selling bonds and shares of companies.” ●  The Stock Exchange building today, opened on […]

December 6, 2013 | By More
History of the Busiest Shopping Day – Black Friday

History of the Busiest Shopping Day – Black Friday

Are there ever times when you ask how something got started?  There is a ride my family and I go on every time we go to Disneyworld.  It’s called the Carousel of Progress.  The premise of the ride was conceived by Walt Disney as a mini-walk through time to show the progression of technology from […]

November 27, 2013 | By More