Celebrate Women’s History Month with Gale In Context

| By Kris Krapp | From abolitionists and authors to entertainers and world leaders, there are countless women worth celebrating during Women’s History Month. Need inspiration for women to highlight in your school or library? Explore ideas to help students learn about women’s history using Gale In Context resources. Start Women’s History Month with Gale’s … Read more

Myths Debunked: 5 Widely Believed Tales about Historical Figures

| By Gale Staff | Although history is reliant on facts, many misconceptions exist about well-known historical figures. Did George Washington have wooden teeth? Did Einstein fail math? As historians look at the past with a critical eye, they’ve found proof to debunk common myths that evolved over time and are now widely accepted. Myths … Read more

The Bicentennial of Louis Pasteur’s Birth

|By J. Robert Parks| December 27 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Pasteur. Pasteur’s contributions, especially in the fields of chemistry and microbiology, are foundational to modern science, and his developments in the areas of vaccines and immunology are particularly relevant today. Gale In Context: World History has a rich collection of … Read more

British Broadcasting Company (BBC) Celebrates Its Centennial

| By J. Robert Parks | On October 18, 1922, the British Broadcasting Company was founded. Known throughout the world as the BBC, it was originally a private company that was granted a monopoly on wireless communication. Of course, in those days, wireless communication had nothing to do with cell phones or texting. Instead, it … Read more

Catholic Church Reverses Ban on Galileo’s Writings

Two hundred years ago this week, on September 11, 1822, the Catholic Church formally removed Galileo Galilei’s writings from its Index of Prohibited Books. Despite the fact that Galileo was a devoted Catholic, the conflict between him and the Catholic Church over the view of the sun, and not the earth, as the center of … Read more

India and Pakistan Gain Independence 75 Years Ago

| By Gale Staff | Seventy-five years ago this week, two of the world’s most populous countries, India and Pakistan, gained their independence. The entire Indian subcontinent had been under the colonial rule of Great Britain since the mid-nineteenth century, and Britain finally acceded to India’s and Pakistan’s independence on August 15, 1947 (although Pakistan … Read more