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Navajo Code Talkers Ensured a WWII Victory

Military History | December 11, 2018

A two-man team of Navajo code talkers attached to a Marine regiment in the Pacific relay orders over the field radio using their native language. The Navajo language was an eff...

The Real Story of the Star Spangled Banner

1800s | December 10, 2018

Patrons walk among the canons and an American flag flown at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD on September 9, 2014, the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. (Photo by Lin...

The Vile Vortices Of Ivan T. Sanderson

Events | December 9, 2018

Ten of the twelve vortices/image from pinterest In 1972, Ivan T. Sanderson, a Scottish biologist who founded the Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained, published an art...

Escape From Alcatraz – 1962

Events | December 8, 2018

It was once assumed that no one could escape from Alcatraz. In fact, officials bragged that it was not possible to escape from “The Rock” as they called it. Making it the topic of news re...

Drake’s Plate: A Fabricated Artifact and the Story of an Out-of-Control Prank

1900s | December 7, 2018

Francis Drake sailed his ship Golden Hind into history, 1578, by Cornelis de Vries, watercolour. 16th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty I...

The Kraken: Norse Legend or Recently-Discovered Creature?

Animals in History | December 5, 2018

Circa 1650, A kraken attacking a ship. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The Norse were accomplished sailors and navigators. But on their voyages, they oft...

Why History Should Remember the Name, David Rittenhouse

People | December 4, 2018

American astronomer David Rittenhouse (circa 1775). (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) A contemporary of the Founding Fathers of the United States, David Rittenhouse was...

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Famous Daughter, Rose Wilder Lane

People | December 3, 2018

Baby Rose...Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, Michelle Steffin as Rose Wilder, Dean Butler as Almanzo James Wilder (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Ban...

McCarthyism: The Witch Trials of the Twentieth Century

Events | December 2, 2018

Throughout history, there have been times when mass hysteria has led to the wrongful punishment of the accused, with little to no evidence. It usually starts wit...

What happened in the 1920s?

1900s | December 1, 2018

The League of Nations was eventually superseded by the United Nations. (Photo by A. R. Coster/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) Shown above: British diplomat and former prime minister Arthu...

What You Didn’t Know About Dolley Madison

People | November 30, 2018

Dolley Madison, wife of US president James Madison rescues a portrait of George Washington from the White House before the British troops set fire to the building during the W...

Peabody Ducks: How a Drunken Prank Turned into a Charming Tradition

Funny History | November 29, 2018

Duck March on the fountain at The Peabody. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images) Memphis, Tennessee, is home to the Peabody Hotel, a posh...

Celebrities Who Died In Skiing Accidents

People | November 28, 2018

Silhouetted skier in action. Gary M. Prior/ALLSPORT/GettyImages Making the most of winter fun, the rich and famous often enjoy skiing. And, why not? It’s great exercise and an e...

We Still Remember These Hit Songs of the 1910s

1900s | November 27, 2018

Portrait, from above, of American musician and composer Irving Berlin as he plays piano, Hollywood, California, 1936. (Photo by Soibelman Syndicate/Visual Studies Workshop/...

A Palace Made of Corn…Only in America

Iconic buildings | November 26, 2018

Originally built in 1892 and modified several times, the Corn Palace, which doubles as an auditorium and tourist attraction, is refreshed each year. Mitchell, South Dakota (Photo ...

London’s Great Smog of 1952

British History | November 25, 2018

December 5, 1952, was a chilly one in London, prompting residents to warm their homes by lighting their coal fireplaces and unknowingly contributing to a catastrophe that would kill thous...

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aaron Burr’s Daughter, Theodosia

People | November 24, 2018

People today may only know her name from the song, “Dear Theodosia,” in the hit musical, Hamilton, but during her time, Theodosia Burr Alston was a so...

Crazy Legs Ray Bolger

People | November 23, 2018

Dancer Ray Bolger doing the splits while performing a soft shoe dance on stage during Edgar Bergen's Gay '90s party. (Photo by Peter Stackpole/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Ray Bolger ...

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Through The Years

Events | November 22, 2018

Tom Turkey, just one of the stars of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) The holiday season officially ki...

Real Places That Are Really Creepy

historical landmarks | November 21, 2018

The world is full of places which are alleged to be haunted or cursed, and if you’re afraid of ghosts, you might want to avoid visiting any buildings not built in the past few decade...

When Phrenology was a Legit Science

1800s | November 20, 2018

In the early 19th century, peaking between 1810 and 1840, the science of phrenology was considered to be fact-based, cutting-edge science. Phrenology was the study and measurement o...

Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice…It Strikes Seven Times!

People | November 19, 2018

Cloud to cloud lightning. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Your chances of being struck by lightning are roughly 1 in 960,000. Your chances of ...

Unusual Wonders Around the World

historical landmarks | November 18, 2018

SHENYANG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 14: (CHINA OUT) (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) Visitors watch full bloom red crabapple at Red Seabeach on September 14, 2014, in Shenyang Panjin, Liaoni...

Tracking Devices: Is Big Brother Watching You?

Then and Now | November 17, 2018

Down through history, there has always been some kind of need to know where someone is. However primitive it might have been in the beginning, we can certainly see today ...

Minnie Freeman: Hero of the Frontier Schoolhouse

1800s | November 16, 2018

A scene from TV’s “Little House on the Prairie” was inspired by Minnie Freeman and the Children’s Blizzard of 1888. -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images. The prairi...

How Did One Man Build The Coral Castle Alone?

Archaeological FInds | November 15, 2018

Coral Castle (Photo by Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images) In Florida’s Miami-Dade County, there sits an unusual structure known as the Coral Castle. The building, co...

Tragic Disasters of Space Exploration

Events | November 14, 2018

Boldly going where no man has gone before is a risky and dangerous endeavor. There are so many unknowns and variables with space travel that, occasionally, things don’t go as plan...

Does Thor’s Well Drain The Pacific Ocean?

Weird History | November 13, 2018

Thanks in part to hunky Chris Hemsworth, most people are familiar with the Norse myths surrounding Thor, the god of thunder and storms. But did you know that an amazing natu...

The Double Survival Miracle of Juliane Koepcke

People | November 12, 2018

On Christmas Eve, 1971, an airplane departing from Lima, Peru, was struck by lightning and broke apart midair. The accident killed every person on board, with the excepti...