It is said those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but remembering everything is quite a chore these days. Luckily for most of us, there’s an app for that!
Today In History from Down-Shift Inc. is an app that gives history buffs an easy, high tech way to access historical information. Facts and trivia nuggets are spoon fed in a day to day format. Each calendar day will show you events of that date in past years, beginning with the most recent and spanning backward. It literally is an encyclopedia of historical information for each day of the year. To find out more about a certain event on the list, simply touch it to reveal a page with further insight and external links with more data. Customize the events blogging in with Facebook or create and account to add comments to the event page. Favorite those you want to keep track of or add your own events and create a personal timeline. Of course make sure you keep it social by sharing with friends on Facebook, Twitter or email.
There are over 100,000 notable events listed within the app, along with famous births and deaths of that date, plus holidays and observances. There is no internet connection required to view the information and Wikipedia links enable users to discover even more about dates and events they are interested in. Registered users can even stay connected through the accompanying website, todayhistory.net. It is a great learning tool for budding history fans as an interactive way to learn about the world and its past while also relating it to the person by allowing them to share significant history of themselves.
The interface is set up like a mini directory and navigation is simple, clean and makes sense. The background image of old parchment like paper and colors in the app are very complimentary and fit with the theme. Though there are also settings that will enable users to switch to a lighter or darker theme if they desire.
Overall Today In History is a great tool for anyone who is interested in learning something new about the past or just interested in keeping track of their own. It is available in the app store for $1.99.