New Year’s Eve, 1864: Prayers, Glittering Parties, and the Sudden Taste of Freedom

The Emancipation Proclamation Inspired New Year’s celebrations that endure to this day. For young Ed McCree, enslaved on a thousand-acre Georgia cotton plantation, Christmas and New Year’s Day 150 years ago were like no other he had ever known. This child and the other men and women in bondage had always cherished Christmas. There was[…]

Celebrating the New Year in Colonial America

American colonists actually celebrated New Year on March 25th! By Eryn Dion While modern day New Year’s celebrations are all about ball drops and champagne, that’s understandably not everyone’s scene. If you’re tired of staying up until midnight and partying all night long, give some of these interesting New Year’s traditions from colonial America a[…]

Peter the Great and the New Year in Russia

His decree ordered that Russia observe calendar years from the birth of Christ. Peter the Great’s reign was marked by an overriding desire to enforce reform on Russia, dragging it kicking and screaming in to line with many European practices. On 20 December 1699 (according to the Julian Calendar), he even introduced a decree that[…]

January Divorce Rush Dates Back to the Middle Ages

Medieval church courts in York shows that the same January divorce pattern prevailed as far back as the 14th century. January is a strain for most people. It’s dark and the festive lights don’t disguise this anymore. You’re back at work and the next holiday may be some way off. You’ve just had to spend[…]

The Story of the Condom, from Early Civilizations to Today

How a primitive idea turned into an object that is used globally today. By Dr. Fahd Khan, Dr. Saheel Mukhtar, Dr. Ian K. Dickinson, and Dr. Seshadri SriprasadDepartment of UrologyDarent Valley Hospital Abstract Condoms have been a subject of curiosity throughout history. The idea of safer sex has been explored in ancient and modern history,[…]

Neanderthal Bones: Signs of Their Sex Lives

Lately, much news from the field of paleoarchaeology and anthropology has centered on Neanderthal bedfellows. By Dr. Anna GoldfieldArchaeologist In a cave tucked into the limestone hills of the Asturias region of Spain, there lie the remains of a group of 13 Neanderthals that date to between 50,600 and 47,300 years ago. The site is[…]