California owes its statehood in part to the hundreds of thousands who feverishly migrated to northern California in the late 1840s and early 50s in hopes of finding their fortunes in the form of gold. Although few struck it rich, their presence was an important stimulus to economic growth. As gold became more difficult to extract, individual prospectors were replaced by companies and mechanical mining methods such as "hydraulicking" and "coyoteing," which involved what?
Back in the day
The Faeroe Islands are a group of volcanic islands first settled by Irish monks circa 700 CE and colonized by Vikings about a century later. Since 1380, the islands have been under Danish rule. After World War II, the Faeroese sought independence, but the Danish king blocked any chance of this by dissolving the Faeroese parliament following a 1946 referendum in which residents voted for independence. Two years later, they were granted self-government. Where in the world are the Faeroe Islands?
Born on a day like today
Manchester, an American historian, biographer, and bestselling author, published 18 books during his lifetime, including three popular volumes on US president John F. Kennedy. His writings have been translated into multiple languages. He served as a Marine during World War II, and his wartime experiences formed the basis for Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War. Why did Jacqueline Kennedy file a lawsuit to prevent the publication of Manchester's The Death of a President?