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To all CLHS National Honor Society Applicants,
The NHS Sponsors are happy to announce: NHS Applications will be accepted digitally between April 6 and April 17. A digital application form will be linked on the CLHS Falcon Page with information available on many of your teacher's ItsLearning pages. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unusual season. Questions should be directed to the sponsors via email. Robyn Lapier - [email protected] Sandra Burkhalter - [email protected]
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    The plague ravaged large cities and provincial towns in northern and central Italy from 1629 to 1631, killing more than 45,000 people in Venice alone and wiping out more than half the population of cities like Parma and Verona. But strikingly, some communities were spared. In fact, the northern ...
  • Why John Adams Defended British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials
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  • How the Union Pulled Off a Presidential Election During the Civil War
    The United States has never delayed a presidential election. But there was one instance in which some wondered if the country should: when the nation was embroiled in the Civil War. The 1864 election was the second U.S. presidential election to take place during wartime (the first was during the ...
  • What Went Wrong on Apollo 13?
    For nearly 56 hours after the Apollo 13 mission launched on April 11, 1970, it looked to be the smoothest flight of NASA’s Apollo program so far. The spacecraft ferrying astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise to their planned lunar landing had traveled just over 200,000 miles from ...
  • Somali pirates hijack Maersk Alabama ship
    Pirates had not captured a ship sailing under the American flag since the 1820s until April 8, 2009, when the MV Maersk Alabama was hijacked off the coast of Somalia. The high-profile incident drew worldwide attention to the problem of piracy, commonly believed to be a thing of the past, in the ...
  • U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib
    On April 30, 2004, the CBS program 60 Minutes reports on abuse of prisoners by American military forces at Abu Ghraib, a prison in Iraq. The report, which featured graphic photographs showing U.S. military personnel torturing and abusing prisoners, shocked the American public and greatly tarnished ...
  • Big Ben stops at 12:11 pm for 54 minutes
    On April 30, 1997, at exactly 12:11 pm, London's iconic Big Ben clock stops ticking. For 54 minutes, the most famous clock in the world failed to keep time. Completed in 1859, Big Ben has a long history of technical issues. The first bell cast for the tower cracked before it could be installed, and […]
  • Quarantined for Life: The Tragic History of US Leprosy Colonies
    For millennia, a diagnosis of leprosy meant a life sentence of social isolation. People afflicted with the condition now known as Hansen’s disease—a bacterial infection that ravages the skin and nerves and can cause painful deformities—were typically ripped from their families, showered with ...
  • Hate Paying Income Tax? Blame William H. Taft
    Every year, millions of Americans have to amass their financial records and fill out forms—or pay professionals to do it for them—in order to file their federal tax returns. It’s an annual ritual that traditionally takes place in the spring, though in 2020, the Internal Revenue Service delayed the ...
  • What Language Did Jesus Speak?
    While scholars generally agree that Jesus was a real historical figure, debate has long raged around the events and circumstances of his life as depicted in the Bible. In particular, there’s been some confusion in the past about what language Jesus spoke, as a man living during the first century ...
  • Before Vaccines, Doctors ‘Borrowed’ Antibodies from Recovered Patients to Save Lives
    In 1934, a doctor at a private boy’s school in Pennsylvania tried a unique method to stave off a potentially deadly measles outbreak. Dr. J. Roswell Gallagher extracted blood serum from a student who had recently recovered from a serious measles infection and began injecting the plasma into 62 ...
  • World Wide Web (WWW) launches in the public domain
    On April 30, 1993, four years after publishing a proposal for “an idea of linked information systems,” computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee released the source code for the world’s first web browser and editor. Originally called Mesh, the browser that he dubbed WorldWideWeb became the first ...
  • 18-year-old Ryan White, national symbol of the AIDS crisis, dies
    On April 8, 1990, 18-year-old Ryan White dies of pneumonia, due to having contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion. He had been given six months to live in December of 1984 but defied expectations and lived for five more years, during which time his story helped educate the public and dispel ...
  • When Polio Triggered Fear and Panic Among Parents in the 1950s
    In the 1950s, the polio virus terrified American families. Parents tried “social distancing”—ineffectively and out of fear. Polio was not part the life they had signed up for. In the otherwise comfortable World War II era, the spread of polio showed that middle-class families could not build worlds ...
  • Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier
    On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for more than 50 years. Exactly 50 ...
  • How Suffragists Raced to Secure Women's Right to Vote Ahead of the 1920 Election
    The year 1917 was highly consequential for the suffrage movement. Having lost the chance to defeat the reelection of President Woodrow Wilson, who had initially been lukewarm toward suffrage, activists set their sights on securing voting rights for women by the 1920 presidential election. One wing ...
  • 10 Virtual History Museums and Experiences to Explore From Home
    The need for social distancing may have forced museums and historic sites around the world to close their doors for now, but many have made their spaces, exhibits and collections available to anyone with a digital device and a decent web connection. Some offer 360-degree tours, like the one that ...
  • Social Distancing and Quarantine Were Used in Medieval Times to Fight the Black Death
    Almost 700 years ago, the overwhelmed physicians and health officials fighting a devastating outbreak of bubonic plague in medieval Italy had no notion of viruses or bacteria, but they understood enough about the Black Death to implement some of the world’s first anti-contagion measures. Starting ...
  • When London Faced a Pandemic—And a Devastating Fire
    In 1665 and 1666, one city experienced two enormous tragedies: the Great Plague of London and the Great Fire of London. The plague killed roughly 15 to 20 percent of the city’s population, while the fire burned about a quarter of London’s metropolis, making around 100,000 people homeless. And ...
Thanksgiving Traditions

Men’s Night Out

November 28, 2019

Dodgeball to Softball

October 30, 2019

Competition Ready

October 30, 2019

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