Aramaic is the lingua franca of the ancient Middle East, the linguistic root of modern day Hebrew and Arabic."Once you understand Aramaic," says Karen Stern, "you can read anything. You can read Hebrew, you can read Phoenician. I always call it the little black dress of Semitic languages."
The first woman elected to Congress, Jeannette Rankin, died 38 years ago today. She served two terms, each time voting against U.S. entrance into a world war.It was the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and Americans were afraid.
Seventy-five miles north of Las Vegas sits a land parcel in the middle of the desert. Called Area 51, the parcel is just outside of the abandoned Nevada Test and Training Range, where more than 100 atmospheric bomb tests were conducted in the 1950s. Officially, the U.S.
For many the death of Osama Bin Laden produced a sense of patriotism they hadn’t felt since the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. There is no doubt that 9/11 has become part of America's collective memory.
To handle all the water flowing down the Mississippi River, the Army Corps of Engineers is opening the floodgates on a spillway, north of New Orleans.Opening the Bonnet Carre spillway diverts some of the floodwaters into Lake Pontchartrain and from there to the Gulf of Mexico.