Touch pieces are coins and medalsâ€”especially those with special designs or featuresâ€”whose superstitious owners believe the items have supernatural powers. Thought to be imbued with the power to cure disease, bring good luck, influence behavior, or carry out a specific action if touched or held close, many touch pieces have been treasured by families for generations. The Lee Penny, taken from the Holy Land during a crusade, is still owned by the crusader's family. What power is it said to have?
Back in the day
The remains of American Civil War general and former US President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant, lie interred in Grant's Tomb. The granite and marble structure, designed by architect John Duncan, was completed in 1897 and remains the largest mausoleum in North America. The tomb complex is located in New York City's scenic Riverside Park and recently underwent a $1.8 million restoration by the National Park Service. What did Duncan use as a general model for his design?
Born on a day like today
Coretta Scott King was the wife of slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and a noted community leader in her own right. She was vocal in her opposition to apartheid, capital punishment, and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, and advocated for women's rights, lesbian and gay rights, and HIV/AIDS prevention. In 1968, Mrs. King established The King Center, a memorial dedicated to promoting the legacy and ideals of her late husband. Why was she under FBI surveillance from 1968 to 1972?