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1904: The Worst Olympics Ever

1900s | July 27, 2021

Not every Olympics is a hit, but the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri really won the gold when it came to the worst games ever. To be fair, the Olympics as we know them today we...

St. Francis Dam Disaster

1920s | July 25, 2021

A group of people and their car stand dwarfed by the shattered remains of the St. Francis Dam. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images) In 1926, the St. Francis Dam began providing water to the growing...

History Of Space Travel: From Science Fiction To Science Fact

Historical Facts | July 23, 2021

Humans have been dreaming of visiting the stars for over a millennium, with ancient Sanskrit writings dating back to 300 C.E. telling of mythological flyi...

This Day In History: Herostratus And The Destruction Of The Temple Of Artemis, One Of The Seven W...

Ancient History | July 21, 2021

The Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, Turkey, 1933-1934. From Wonders of the Past, volume II, 1933-1934. (The Print Collecto...

The Burning Of Washington: When The British Attacked The White House

1800s | July 19, 2021

Burning of Washington, Paul de Thoyras. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) The War of 1812 erupted after a series of trade disputes, thanks to ...

July 17, 1981: 114 People Were Killed When A Walkway Collapsed At A Kansas City Hotel

1980s | July 17, 2021

On July 17, 1981, a festive crowd had gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri for a night of dancing, but the...

The Murder of Vincent Chin and How It Changed America

1980s | July 15, 2021

Lillie Chin (mother of Vincent Chin, who was clubbed to death by two white men in June 1982) breaks down as a relative (left) helps her walk while leaving Detroit’s ...

Charles Lindbergh’s Nazi Connection

1920s | July 13, 2021

Charles Lindbergh had a complicated public reputation. As the first pilot to fly nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean, he was a national hero. As the father of a kidnapped and murde...

The Affair Of The Diamond Necklace, Or How A Queen Lost Her Head

Historical Facts | July 11, 2021

Marie Antoinette's execution on October 16, 1793. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) The Affair of the Diamond Necklace reads more like a farce than a f...

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico: A Game Show Gimmick With Lasting Results

1950s | July 9, 2021

Truth Or Consequences was one of the most popular game shows of the genre's golden age, running intermittently on both radio and television ...

How The Hollywood Sign Became An Icon

historical landmarks | July 7, 2021

A sign advertises the opening of the Hollywoodland housing development in the hills on Mulholland Drive overlooking Los Angeles, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, circa 1924. (Und...

Saint Pierre and Miquelon, A Bit of France Just Ten Miles From North America

Historical Facts | July 5, 2021

Saint Pierre and Miquelon. (DeAgostini/Getty Images) The last remaining vestige of France's colonial empire is a couple of small islands jus...

Houston, We Have A Problem: The True Story Of Apollo 13

1970s | July 3, 2021

The Apollo 13 mission was supposed to be NASA's third lunar landing, but it was plagued with misfortune from the very beginning. In fact, the crew that wound up...

The Invention Of Aspirin

1800s | July 1, 2021

Aspirin tablets spilled from a bottle. (Chris Walton/South China Morning Post via Getty Images) Since 1899, aspirin has been touted as a wonder drug, but people have been using a natural form ...

Policarpa: The Teenage Spy

1800s | June 29, 2021

Policarpa Salavarrieta. (José María Espinosa Prieto/Wikipedia Commons) Policarpa Salavarrieta, seamstress, spy, and heroine of Colombian independence, was born January 26, 1795 in the small ...

The Story Of Margaretha Von Waldeck, The Real Snow White

Medieval History | June 27, 2021

Priscilla Presley portrayed the evil stepmother, complete with magic mirror and poisoned apple, in 'Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs' at The Savoy Hotel London in ...

Smallpox: The First Bioweapon

Medical History | June 25, 2021

Smallpox is an extremely infectious and deadly disease, wiping out up to 30% of those unlucky enough to catch the virus. By the 1700s, people began figuring out how the disease spread an...

Entire U.S. Figure Skating Team Killed in 1961 Plane Crash

1960s | June 23, 2021

Family picture of the US figure skating team before boarding the Sabena Flight 548 on February 15, 1961 in New York that crashed near Brussels, Belgium. (STF/AF...

George Orwell: His Life And Cultural Influence

Literature | June 21, 2021

A poster with the famous words 'Big Brother is Watching You' from a 1965 B.B.C. T.V. production of George Orwell's classic novel 1984. (Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images) ...

Orville Redenbacher: Everything You Didn't Know About The Popcorn King

People | June 19, 2021

Orville Redenbacher in 1986. (George Rose/Getty Images) The unassuming bow-tied face you see all across the snack aisle of your local grocery stor...

Who Was The Red Baron? Facts About The World War I 'Ace Of Aces' Manfred Von Richthofen

World War I | June 17, 2021

If the name Manfred von Richthofen doesn't ring a bell, it's probably because you know this World War I flying ace better by his...

Bat Boy: The Millennial Superstar Created By Weekly World News

1990s | June 15, 2021

The term "fake news" may be thrown around a lot these days, but there was a time when hilariously unreal stories were celebrated in grocery store pulp ta...

Did Voter Fraud Kill Edgar Allan Poe? The 'Cooping' Theory

1800s | June 13, 2021

American short story writer, poet, and critic Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849), circa 1840. (MPI/Getty Images) The stories of Edgar Allan Poe are filled with fanta...

Did The Hanging Gardens Even Exist? The Most Mysterious Wonder Of The Ancient World

Ancient History | June 11, 2021

Of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only one of them, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, has remained elusive to archae...

Inside The Church Of Bones Made Of 40,000 Departed Humans

historical landmarks | June 9, 2021

The Sedlec Ossuary, better known in popular culture as the Church of Bones, is a small chapel located in the town of Kunta Horra in the Czech Republic. As wi...

'The Scream:' Facts And Stories About Edvard Munch's Iconic Painting

Historical Art | June 7, 2021

Munch made several versions of his famous painting, including this one in pastels. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) Norwegian artist Edvard Munch's most we...

Chang And Eng: The Conjoined Twins Who Profited As 'Freaks' And Owned Slaves

1800s | June 5, 2021

The Siamese twins, Chang and Eng. (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Conjoined twins are exceedingly rare, thought t...

Life Was Cheap In The U.S.S.R.: The 1982 Salang Tunnel Disaster

1980s | June 3, 2021

Local residents walk along with a donkey carrying water pots after heavy snowfall in Khanozai area some 75 kms in northeast of the provincial capital Quett...

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: How American Business Learned A Grim Lesson

1910s | June 1, 2021

Worker safety was not exactly a priority in the Industrial Age factories of the early 20th century, when many businesses sacrificed employ...

Has Chernobyl, Nuclear Disaster Site, Become A Haven For Wild Animals?

Animals in History | May 31, 2021

On April 26, 1986, a nuclear meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant led to the worst nuclear disaster in world history, expelling 400 time...

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