National Lottery

Claim your prizes! On January 10, 1569, the first recorded lottery took place in England—and everyone was a winner! The lottery was chartered in 1566 in an effort to raise money for public works (sadly, not to fund a very early production of Downton Abbey). Tickets were sold over a three-year period, and everyone who bought one got a prize in the form of silver … Continue reading National Lottery

Justice For All

On July 1, 1870 (nearly 100 years after the founding of the country) the United States finally got an official Justice Department. Back in the days of yore, when America was just an infant discovering how awesome its hands and feet were and such, justice lay in the hands of the Attorney General, who was just a part-timer. The role grew along with the country, … Continue reading Justice For All