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One Of The Deadliest Hurricanes In U.S. History Hits Galveston, Texas

1900s | September 10, 2021

Hurricanes may be getting stronger and more frequent, but some of the worst storms happened more than a century ago. In fact, the 1900 Galveston h...

The Unbelievable Comeback Story Of Elizabeth Robinson Schwartz, Olympic Heroine And Accident Victim

1920s | September 8, 2021

Betty Robinson, A.K.A. Elizabeth Schwartz, in the 100-meter race at the 1928 Olympic games. (Library of Congress/Corbis...

1916: The First True Supermarket, The Piggly Wiggly, Is Opened By Clarence Saunders In Memphis,...

1910s | September 5, 2021

View of the front of the Piggly Wiggly store located at 106 South Austin in the Austin community area, Chicago, Illinois...

The Hawaiian Gazette: The First Hawaiian Newspaper Published

1800s | September 4, 2021

The Summer Residence Of The Late King Kamehameha V. At Waikiki, 1873 Engraving. (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) On Septe...

The Assassination Of President William McKinley Led To The Creation Of The Secret Service

1900s | September 2, 2021

A horrified crowd looks on as Leon Czolgosz shoots President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York...

The Morgan Affair: A Tale Of Secret Societies, Kidnapping, And America’s First Third Political Par...

1800s | August 31, 2021

Picturesque History of Freemasonry (1844), Reception of an apprentice. (Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Im...

Sunscreen Through The Ages

Ancient History | August 29, 2021

(Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Today, we know how important it is to protect our skin from damaging and potentially cancer-causing UV rays, but commercial sunscre...

Who Was Attila The Hun?

Ancient History | August 27, 2021

Pope Leo I, Repulsing Attila, (detail), 1511-14. Vatican Museums and Galleries, Vatican City, Italy. (Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images) Attila the Hun was called the Scourge of God by man...

The Granger Movement Of The 1860s

1800s | August 25, 2021

Vignette inspired by the Granger movement depicts a farmer with a plough and two horses, asserting the importance of the farmer in American society. Dated 1875. (Photo12/Universal Image...

Ted Bundy: 5 Fast Facts About The Campus Killer

1970s | August 23, 2021

Ted Bundy, seated in court. (Bettmann/Getty Images) He Had A Weird UpbringingBorn on November 24, 1946, Ted Bundy grew up in a middle-class home in Philadelphia. Accordi...

The Midnight Ride Of ... Sybil Ludington

Military History | August 21, 2021

A reenactment of the British Army during the American Revolution. (Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Paul Revere was hardly the only revoluti...

The Fall Of Saigon

1970s | August 19, 2021

The Vietnam War was a complex and costly conflict between the communist North Vietnam and the Western-backed South Vietnam meant to determine the future of the nation after Japan's withdrawal follo...

U.S. Presidents Who Were College Cheerleaders

Historical Facts | August 17, 2021

George W. Bush, Andover Philips Academy Year Book in 1964. (Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images) Today's cheerleading routines may combine high-flying stunts, athletic...

Who Shot Versace? The Cross-Country Crime Spree That Ended In The Death Of An Icon

1990s | August 15, 2021

Fashion designers Gianni Versace (1946 -1997) and Donatella Versace on the runway after a Versace fashion show in March 1996 in New York...

Mount McKinley Or Denali: The Naming Controversy Of North America's Tallest Peak

historical landmarks | August 13, 2021

Visitors take in the view of Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, on September 1, 2015 in Denali National Park, Alaska. (Lance King/G...

The Real Life Of The Legend: Johnny Appleseed

1800s | August 11, 2021

A United States postage stamp depicting American apple tree planter John Chapman, a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed (1774- 1845) in front of a large red apple, released in 1966. (Phot...

"Stealing My Thunder": The Dramatic Origins Of This Common Phrase

Literature | August 9, 2021

Drury Lane Theatre, London, built 1794. Detail based on watercolor reproduction by Edward Dayes showing the audience and stage, 1795. (Culture Club/Getty...

History Of The Goth

Medieval History | August 7, 2021

The third-century Great Ludovisi sarcophagus depicts a battle between Goths and Romans. (Jastrow/Wikimedia Commons) When you hear the word "Goth," you may think of black clothing, macabre imagery, ...

History Of The Radio Flyer: The Little Red Wagon That Defined Childhood

1900s | August 5, 2021

Bulldog Wilbur is pulled in a Radio Flyer Red Wagon to the dog run at Madison Square Park by his owner, Krista McGruder. (Robert Sabo/NY Daily News...

The Isdal Woman: The Coldest Case Of The Cold War

1970s | August 3, 2021

Isdalen, where the woman was discovered. (Reinhardheydt/Wikimedia Commons) On the sunny afternoon of November 29, 1970, a young Norwegian family was out on a hike when...

History Of The County Fair

1800s | August 1, 2021

(Alex Camara/Europa Press via Getty Images) As late summer rolls around, county fair season is in full swing. It's a tradition as popular in rural America as the country music concerts and e...

The Theft Of The Hesse Crown Jewels

World War II | July 29, 2021

Recovery of jewels stolen from Kronberg Castle, Germany by Chicago police on June 12, 1946. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) In 1944, Prince Wolfgang of th...

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...

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