Apartheid was a system of legal racial segregation that took place in South Africa. The word Apartheid is drawn from the Afrikaans word for “apartness”. Apartheid separated people of different race and color into different regions. It made racial discrimination legal and acceptable. In South Africa is gave white people priority in housing, jobs, education, political power and entertainment. Apartheid officially became a political and legal policy in South Africa in 1948 before this it was just part of life. The new legislations forced the removal of colored people from the city and town centers. Black South Africans no longer have citizenship right and were forced to obey curfews and obtain permits for travel.
During the early development of the United States of America women did not have the right to vote or run for a political office. They were excluded from such matters and were often thought not to have an opinion in this arena. Many brave women had to fight to be heard before women were given the right to vote in America.
The Revolutionary War or the American Revolution (War of Independence) began in 1775. The British Empire and the American colonies had been at odds for approximately a decade over political power. The American colonies felt they had the right to govern themselves whereas the British Empire wanted to continue to exercise their political power over these colonies as part of their empire. In 1775 The British Empire declared Massachusetts to be in rebellion and sent British soldiers to Boston to control the rebels. After this action war quickly broke out as the American Colonies fought for their freedom and the British Empire fought to retain control.
Facebook is now the most popular social networking site in the world. But when did Facebook start? This post will answer that question then give you a few interesting facts about Facebook.
The Titanic is by far the most famous ship that ever existed. Unfortunately it is not famous for its luxury or extravagance but, because it sank when it was supposed to be unsinkable. Not only did it sink but it sank on its maiden voyage.
Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive storms to ever hot the coast of the U.S. It caused million of dollars of damage to the city of New Orleans and other Louisiana coastal towns and even now efforts to restore the area are still underway. Thousands of people lost their homes and livelihoods when the hurricane hit the coast due to the massive storm surge that it created. Many people also lost their lives making it the third deadliest hurricane in U.S history.
Michael Jackson was undoubtedly one of the most well known and bizarre musical artists of the 20th century. “The King of Pop” as he was known made a staggering contribution to the music industry and is recognized the world around for his legendary performances which included singing, dancing and fashion. Michael Jackson first entered the music industry with his brothers as part of The Jackson 5 in the mid 1960’s. He started his own solo career in 1971. He was extremely successful and is the only musical artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Michael Jackson was awarded countless awards over his career including 13 Grammy’s, 26 American Music Awards and 13 number one singles in the U.S. He was one of the most celebrated musicians in the world with numerous best-selling albums. He also contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to charities and beneficial causes.
George Washington was a very important man in United States history. Known as “The Father of his country” he was the first president of the United States and was unanimously chosen for the role by his peers. He was also the dominant military and political leader of the country from 1775 to 1797. George Washington was responsible for leading the continental army to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War. He also supervised the writing of the American constitution in 1787. George Washington worked hard to establish a government that was well-financed and stable. He believed in avoiding war and suppressing rebellion. Along with Abraham Lincoln, George Washington is a central icon of what America stands for.
The civil rights movement was a non aggressive stand against the segregation laws that disallowed African American citizens their basic rights. It was aimed at outlawing the racial discrimination and lack of basic human freedom suffered by the African American population in the south.
There are many well known man-made structures around the world but none as notorious as the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 with construction beginning on August 13th. The purpose of the wall was to separate West Berlin from East Berlin and East Germany. It was a political move to stop Eastern Germans escaping from the Soviet controlled German Democratic Republic into the west of the city which was under the control of the allied forces. Thousands of people from the east were fleeing to the west as they became disillusioned with communism and looked for freedom. Berlin was a unique city in that half was controlled by the soviet government or the German Democratic Republic and the other half by the western allied forces.