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History’s Most Memorable Kisses

People | February 14, 2019

A kiss can be many things…romantic, loving, forbidden, scandalous, and shocking. In the 1987 movie, The Princess Bride, the narrator notes that “Since the invention of the kiss there...

The True Story of the Essex, the Inspiration for "Moby Dick"

Events | February 13, 2019

Gregory Peck in a scene from the 1956 movie “Moby Dick'' Source: (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) In 1851, Herman Melville published ...

Thor Heyerdahl and the Voyage of the Kon-Tiki

Ancient History | February 12, 2019

Thor Heyerdahl aboard the Kon-Tiki (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) In 1778, Captain James Cook, who had been sailing from island to island in the S...

Edwin Land’s Daughter Wanted a Selfie, So He Invented Polaroid

People | February 11, 2019

Portrait of American scientist, inventor, and businessman Edwin Land (1909 - 1991), president and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation as he demonstrate...

The Underground Railroad

Historical Facts | February 10, 2019

Fugitive slaves fleeing from Maryland to Delaware by way of the 'Underground Railroad', 1850-1851. Engraving. Source: (Photo 12/UIG via Getty Images) Slavery, in any form, is an abomination of...

Brief History Of The Lobotomy

Medical History | February 9, 2019

Psychosurgery, as properly defined, is the treatment of mental disorders by means of brain surgery. Psychosurgery can be loosely defined as the gray area between neurosurgery and psychi...

Hudson Bay Point Blankets: Important Trade Good or Gift of Death?

Historical Facts | February 8, 2019

We might not think that a common, household object like a blanket could have an impact on history, but that has happened with the iconic Hudson’s Bay ...

Faith Over Baseball: Where Sandy Koufax Wasn’t On Yom Kippur, 1965

Events | February 7, 2019

The LA Dodgers were having a great season in 1965…so great, in fact, that they made it to the World Series against the Minnesota Twins. Much of the...

The Hobbit: How A Bored Professor Created A Fantasy Classic

People | February 6, 2019

British writer John Ronald Reul Tolkien (1892-1973), sitting in his study at Merton College, Oxford, where he is a Fellow. Source: (Haywood Magee/Picture Post/...

What is Gungywamp?

Archaeological FInds | February 5, 2019

Near North Groton, Connecticut, there is a place with strange and ancient stone structures. Researchers are still unsure who built the structures and why, but they have put forth various theories. ...

Tigger Invented the Artificial Heart???

People | February 4, 2019

Paul Winchell, a comedian, voice-over actor, and puppeteer is probably best remembered for supplying the voice to Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh cartoons. In fact, Winchell won ...

The Sinking Of The “Unsinkable” Bismarck

1940s | February 3, 2019

The Bismarck 1918: The German merchant navy ship 'Bismarck'. Source: (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) In the early morning hours of May 19, 1941, Bismarck quietly set out on i...

Mikhail Baryshnikov Choreographed The Perfect Defection…With The Help Of His Fans

People | February 2, 2019

The famed Bolshoi Ballet was one of the Cold War tools used by the Soviet Union to show off to the world just how cultured, sophisti...

Ups And Downs: The History Of Roller Coasters

Then and Now | February 1, 2019

New Roller Coaster riders at Elitch Gardens. Source: (Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies love the heart-pounding excit...

Teddy Roosevelt Bull Moosed His Way Through An Assassination Attempt

1900s | January 31, 2019

Theodore Roosevelt was waving his hat to the crowd just like this when an assassin shot him. Source: (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) Theodore Ro...

Babe Didrikson, The Greatest Female Athlete

People | January 30, 2019

Before Serena Williams, Billie Jean King, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Kerri Walsh-Jennings, and Ronda Rousey, there was Babe Didrikson. Arguably the greatest female athlete of al...

The Lindbergh Baby: The Kidnapping, the Investigation, and the Trial of the Century

Events | January 29, 2019

Portrait of the American pilot Charles LINDBERGH, the first to succeed to cross the Atlantic without stop over. His fame made his young...

Those Dreaded Corsets

Vintage Fashion | January 28, 2019

Photograph of an American woman wearing a corset, 1899. (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images) For several hundred years, fashion dictated that women wear a corset beneath their clothing. The stif...

Before They Were Cliché: Five Common Expressions and Their Origins

Then and Now | January 27, 2019

Actors Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as Pharaoh Rameses II of Egypt in the biblical epic 'The Ten Commandments', 1956. Here Moses turns the ...

A Look at the Stock Market of Yesterday and Today

Then and Now | January 26, 2019

10/24/1929-New York, NY. The street scene on Black Thursday, the day the New York stock market crashed, and the day that led to the Great Depression. Source: (gettyimage...

Nursery Rhymes Are Not What They Seem: The Story Behind “Little Jack Horner”

Historical Facts | January 25, 2019

We all remember the children’s nursery rhyme about Little Jack Horner. It’s the about the little boy who sticks his thumb into a pie an...

The Mythical Land of Thule, Birthplace of the Nazis?

Ancient History | January 24, 2019

Gabriel de Valseca's 'Portolan Map' 1439, depicts the imaginary islands of Thule. Source: (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images) In the 4th century B.C., ...

Saving Seeds Above the Arctic Circle: The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Recent History | January 23, 2019

If an apocalyptic event occurs on Earth that kills off much of the living things, there is hope for plant life, at least. That’s thanks to the Sval...

Convicted by Fingerprint: A 1910 Murder Trial Makes History

1900s | January 22, 2019

A policeman takes a fingerprint at an Interpol facility in Lima on August 29, 2018. Source: (CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images) On September 19, 1910, Thomas J...

Zoot Suits: The History and Controversy of the Flashy Men’s Attire

1920s | January 21, 2019

Blue Rondo a la Turk, Aug 1981. Source: (Photo by: Graham Smith/PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images) For several decades, the zoot suit was a flashy, jazzy s...

Blazing The Oregon Trail

1800s | January 20, 2019

The Westward Trail circa 1840: A map showing the westward trail from Missouri to Oregon. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) In 1971, Minnesota Education Computing Consortium released a computer game ...

The Beauty of Living Root Bridges

Then and Now | January 19, 2019

SHILLONG, MEGHALAYA, INDIA, 5/15/06. Source: Subhendu Sarkar/LightRocket via Getty Images. A view of the living root bridge at Mawlynnong on the outskirts of Shillong. Mawlynnong is a...

Orchidelirium: The Obsession with Orchids

1800s | January 18, 2019

Orchids outside Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. Source: (Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images) The Victorian era, orchids were rare and elusive, but folks were smitten wit...

The President And The Mole People

People | January 17, 2019

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) American diplomat and Sixth President of the United States of America 1825-1829. c1848. Source: (Universal History Archive/Getty Images) No doubt U.S. pr...