Megafaunal extinctions refers to the documented die-off of large-bodied mammals (megafauna) from all over our planet at the end of the last ice age, at about the same time as the human colonization of the last, farthest-flung regions out of Africa. The mass extinctions were neither synchronous nor universal, and the reasons proffered by researchers for those extinctions include (but are not limited to) climate change and human intervention.
Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948-December 4, 1969) was an activist for the NAACP and the Black Panther Party. At age 21, Hampton was fatally shot alongside a fellow activist during a law enforcement raid. Activists and the broader black community considered the deaths of these men unjust, and their families ultimately received a settlement stemming from a civil lawsuit.
The Paris Commune was a popular-led democratic government that ruled Paris from March 18 to May 28, 1871. Inspired by the Marxist politics and revolutionary goals of the International Workingmen's Organization (also known as the First International), workers of Paris united to overthrow the existing French regime which had failed to protect the city from Prussian siege, and formed the first truly democratic government in the city and in all of France.
Admiral of the Navy George Dewey was American naval commander during the Spanish-American War. Entering the US Navy in 1854, he first achieved notoriety during the Civil War when he served on the Mississippi River and with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Dewey was appointed to lead the US Asiatic Squadron in 1897 and was in place when war with Spain began the following year.
Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452-May 2, 1519) was an artist, humanist, scientist, philosopher, inventor, and naturalist during the Italian Renaissance. His genius, says his biographer Walter Isaacson, was his ability to marry observation with imagination and to apply that imagination to intellect and its universal nature.
For many fathers of the bride, a daughter's wedding day is a bittersweet occasion. Happiness mingles with sadness at the reality that the little girl who once relied so heavily on her father is now going out into the world as her own woman and as someone's wife. A toast on this day marks both an ending and a beginning.