Three communities claim that they are the founding place
of the first
Memorial Day. Each town cites historical records and local primary
sources to bolster their assertions. Congress even weighed in on the
subject. As a Pennsylvanian, who was born near one of the towns, I believe
that Boalsburg is the true place.
Some people ask, "Does it really
matter who was the first to honor their soldiers?"
There are many disputes about events in history. A surprising
number of historic "facts" are actually: a legend, a myth or
an outright fiction.
date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence,
George Washington had a son or wore wooden teeth or chopped down a cherry tree, the person who
was the first President of the United States,
The site, meaning and events around of the first "official Thanksgiving",
The identity of the person who designed/made
the first flag of the United States,
Where Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg
Who actually invented the first flying machine.
The nationality and/or identities of the first invaders of North America
That the Iraq War was related to the attack of the USA on 9/11.
Even today these mistaken stories continue. An example:
crediting Bill Gates with inventing the personal computer
Internet. He did not invent or develop either one.
Select a dispute about a historic event or urban myth. How can
it be resolved?
What is your decision regarding the argument?