Exploring the Evolution of Memorial Day with HeinOnline

American History, Current Events, Holidays and Observances, Political Science, Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Library
Tara Kibler

As previous generations have done before us, this Memorial Day we honor those who have given their lives in military service to the United States. In this post, we will revisit the surprisingly controversial history of Memorial Day and use HeinOnline to examine its institution as a U.S. federal holiday.

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The Origins of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday dedicated to the remembrance of fallen United States soldiers…

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The Watergate Scandal, Part II: Pentagon Papers

Exploring HeinOnline, Pentagon Papers, Searching, U.S. Presidential Library
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Earlier this summer we blogged about HeinOnline’s journal and government document coverage, and how it relates to researching historical events. The blog provided a brief synopsis of the Watergate Scandal and how to research this topic in multiple HeinOnline databases. Let’s now look at the link between the Watergate scandal and the Pentagon Papers, which are available in HeinOnline.

History of the Pentagon Papers

The Pentagon Papers, officially titled United States-Vietnam Relations…

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The Watergate Scandal: Part I

Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Library
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline’s journal and government document coverage dates back to inception, enabling researchers to learn about key historical events from multiple perspectives. Read articles written about events as they occurred, and view exact replicas of original historical print publications; also, find current material discussing these same events with information gained through hindsight.

Research Example: The Watergate Scandal

Although the Watergate scandal happened in the early 1970s, it’s been in the news recently. Most people associate Watergate with President Richard M. Nixon’s eventual resignation, but what happened leading up to that? Here’s a brief synopsis of major events:

  • On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested after breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee…

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Celebrating Presidents' Day with Abraham Lincoln and George Washington

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Searching, Slavery in America and the World, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Library
Bonnie Hein


Washington's Birthday or Presidents' Day?

The American holiday of Presidents' Day was originally established in 1885 in recognition of the first President of the United States, George Washington. It was officially called Washington's Birthday and observed as a federal holiday on February 22nd, Washington's actual day of birth. Washington's Birthday was the first federal holiday celebrating the life of an individual American, joining only four national bank holidays – Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving.

It became popularly known as Presidents' Day after it was moved by the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act (82 Stat. 250) in order to create more three day weekends for American workers and increase retail and tourism revenue

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Research the Effects of Opioids on Society

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Hein Blog, Searching, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Library
Bonnie Hein


A recent newspaper investigation revealed that drug wholesalers have shipped 780 million prescription painkillers to West Virginia over a six-year period. This amounted to more than 400 pills per person in West Virginia.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), six counties of West Virginia ranked in the top 10 in the nation for fatal pain pill overdoses. Between 2007 and 2012, more than 1,700 West Virginians died of hydrocodone or oxycodone overdoses, affecting generations of families and representing only a fragment of a growing national crisis.

More than 33,000 people in the United States were killed from opioid overdoses in 2015…

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Check out the U.S. Presidential Library in HeinOnline!

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, U.S. Presidential Library
Bonnie Hein

Today is Election Day! It has been an unconventional and seemingly prolonged path to the White House, but we are now moments away from electing the 45th President of the United States. Given today's significance, we thought this might be an opportune time to highlight our U.S. Presidential Library.

Did you know HeinOnline has the most comprehensive collection of documents related to the Presidency in digital format?

HeinOnline's U.S. Presidential Library now contains more than 330 titles, 7,100 volumes, and 580,000 pages of content with titles such as: Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Public Papers of the Presidents

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Nixon Grand Jury Records Now Available!

Content News, U.S. Presidential Library
Miranda Rosati

Check out the Records in the U.S. Presidential or World Trials Libraries

In November, the National Archives released the complete Nixon Grand Jury Records to the public, and we have now added them to HeinOnline!

These records are now available in both HeinOnline’s U.S. Presidential Library and World Trials Library.

The records of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force (WSPF) collection, including transcripts of President Nixon’s grand jury testimony of June 23-24, 1975, and associated material are available.

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CURRENT EVENTS: Today is Presidents' Day in the U.S. – Take a Look Inside HeinOnline For Historical Information & Insights

Current Events, U.S. Presidential Library

Today is commonly known as “Presidents Day” in the United States.  It is a federal holiday celebrating Washington’s Birthday that is celebrated on the third Monday of February every year.  Washington’s actual birthday is February 22nd, but the Uniform Monday Holiday bill passed on June 28, 1968, shifted the date of the commemoration of Washington’s Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February.

Contrary to common belief, this federal holiday’s official title is “Washington’s Birthday” according to 5 USC 6103.  While several attempts were made to change the title to “Presidents Day”, no law was ever passed to officially change the name of the federal holiday to Presidents Day.  By the late 1980’s though…

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Hein's Presidents Day Promotion

Miscellaneous, U.S. Presidential Library

In honor of Presidents Day, we are pleased to offer special pricing on digital content ownership of HeinOnline’s U.S. Presidential Library!

Save 20% when you purchase digital content ownership of this library by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 19, 2010! That’s $899.00 in savings!

Also, save 10% when you purchase any of the following print titles available from Hein…

Public Papers of the Presidents
Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President

Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators
Recorded and edited by: Benn Pitman

Report of the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President John F…

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