P365 Idea: On This Day in History

I recently subscribed to a free daily e-mail from History.com called “This Day in History” that sends me a list of things that happened on each particular day. It’s a really great tool for folks doing things like Project 365 or even heritage and birthday pages. Use one of the things that ‘happened’ to add to your journaling, for an inspiration for your photos, and even to do a comparison of ‘then’ and ‘now.’

For instance, on the e-mail for today, May 5, 2001, was a note about the first American in space. I took that info and then went to NASA’s website and Wikipedia to get current info on the space program today. Here’s the ‘then’ and ‘now’ comparison. (Can you believe how far we’ve come in just 50 years?)

THEN: May 5 1961, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the first American in space. The flight lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles.

NOW: May 5, 2011, the Space Shuttle Endeavor is preparing for a 14-day mission to the International Space Station later this month. The International Space Station orbits between 278 km (173 mi) and 460 km (286 mi) altitude above the Earth. The crew members are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel, and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori.

This is just one example of what you can do with the information you get in the daily e-mails. Leave a comment if you have a great idea on how you can use “On This day in History” in your scrapbooking, cardmaking, or art journaling.

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