Monthly Archives: March 2022
Question: What did the U.S.A. buy from Russia on March 30th, 1867? Answer: Alaska. Price tag: $7,200,000 (roughly 2¢ an acre). https://www.onthisday.com/photos/alaska-purchase
Russia’s imperial ambitions began with this fellow. Originally a child ruler – under a regent – he fared much better than some whose thrones came to them at a young age. (China’s Puyi, France’s Louis XVII, Scotland’s Mary I, and England’s Richard II, Henry VI, and Edward V spring to mind.) Younger Kids https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/Peter-the-Great/353618 Older […]
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Question: What was St. Patrick’s real name? Answer: Maewyn Succat. But Patrick is just so much easier to pronounce.
To help kids understand why Vladimir Putin wants Ukraine so badly. Younger Kids Older Kids
Many of the people currently fleeing the Ukraine are passing through train stations. In Germany, more than a hundred stations have an ecumenical Bahnhofs Mission dedicated to helping travellers in distress. The first one started up in Berlin in 1894, with more and more popping up in major stations in subsequent years. Not being big […]
Question: What was the Holodomor? Answer: A man-made famine people in the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and even some parts of Soviet Russia suffered through from 1932-33, due to Joseph Stalin’s collectivization policies. The photo above shows ‘Red Trains’ of carts taking peasants’ harvested crops to government depots and leaving those who grew them to starve. https://www.britannica.com/event/Holodomor
Question: Why do Russian historians cite March 5th, 1946 as the start of the Cold War? Answer: It was on this date that Winston Churchill made his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech.