The First Tour de France

The very first Tour de France took place in July 1903. The bicycle race is world-famous today but in 1903, it initially did not excite much interest. The six-stage race was scheduled to occur in June, but the registration was far below expectations. Disappointed organizers decided to make a few changes. They delayed the race for […]

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The Opium Fiends

Every day we hear of the serious opioid crisis that is ravaging many areas of the country. Usually people start off legitimately, taking prescribed pain medications for an injury, and soon they become dependent upon the drug to function normally. Opium addiction today generally translates either to medications like fentanyl, or illegal substances like heroin. […]

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Traces of the Anti-Saloon League

Ever heard of the Anti-Saloon League? I passed this sign on Jones Street in San Francisco one day and took a photo of it. A major force in American politics until Prohibition was repealed back in the 1930s, the Anti-Saloon League was instrumental in building support for temperance. The organization started in 1893 in Ohio, and […]

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