Updated December 16, 2014

Welcome to Mr. Kash's History Page at MrKash.com. I am a history teacher at Madison Middle School in North Hollywood, California. I have designed this website to be used by history students and teachers interested in exploring the Internet as part of their studies. The Parents section provides parents access to what students are doing in my class on a daily basis. The site is frequently updated to highlight the celebrations and events of the month. I hope you enjoy yourself and learn something. Feel free to email me with comments and suggestions at jkash@mrkash.com.

 

December Holidays and Events

 

Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks decided she had taken enough. She decided not to give up her seat on the bus she was riding on. This event set off the Montgomery Bus boycott and in a significant way, led to the Civil Rights Movement. Learn more below.
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
They Changed the World: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

13th Amendment Passed

On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution became law. At long last, the horror of slavery was finally outlawed in the United States.
The 13th Amendment
13th Amendment Primary Source Documents

Pearl Harbor Day

“December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy…” These are the words that President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to the nation after Pearl Harbor was bombed. People who were alive then will never forget where they were and what they were doing when they heard that Pearl Harbor had been bombed, just like the people alive today will never forget the events of September 11, 2001.
Eyewitness accounts of the attacks
National Geographic Remembering Pearl Harbor

Boston Tea Party

In Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor. This event becomes known as the Boston Tea Party. Learn more below.
The Boston Tea Party - EyeWitness to History
Boston Tea Party Historical Society
Boston Tea Party Primary Sources

 

Hanukkah is the Jewish celebration that remembers a great miracle. During Hanukkah lights are lit on the menorah for eight nights to celebrate the miracle. In the Jewish religion, there is always a light present in the synagogue signifying God's presence. The story of Hanukkah revolves around an oil lamp that should have only lasted for one day, but lasted for eight. Hanukkah starts on December 17th this year and ends eight days later.
Hanukkah on the Net
The Festival of Lights
The History of Hanukkah

First Airplane Flies

On December 17, 1903, Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight. Learn more below.
The First Successful Airplane
The Wright Brothers

Christmas


There's more, much more to Christmas
Than just candle-lights and cheer;
It's the spirit of sweet friendship
That brightens all the years;
It is thoughtfulness and kindness,
It is hope that is reborn again,
For peace, for understanding
And for goodwill to humans!
- Author Unknown

Christmas on the Net
History of Christmas
The Evolution of Santa Claus - History Channel Video
Christmas Traditions Around the World

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a holiday for African Americans to celebrate their culture. The words of Kwanzaa come from Swahili, an African language. Swahili is spoken by many different people all over Africa. The name "Kwanzaa" means "the first fruits of the harvest." Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and ends on January 1st. Learn more below.
Kwanzaa on the Net
The Official Kwanzaa Website
The History of Kwanzaa

How did the traditions of New Years day begin? How is New Years day celebrated around the world? Find out the answers to these and many more questions by clicking on the links.
A History of the New Year
New Year Around the World
New Year’s History




 

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