Who Was James Webb, The NASA Telescope's Controversial Namesake?

Recent History | September 21, 2022

Space Administrator James E. Webb appears before the Senate Space Committee in its investigation of the spacecraft fire which killed three astronauts at C...

The Milgram Experiment

1960s | September 19, 2022

Doctor looking at X-rays. (Reza Estakhrian/Getty Images) Stanley Milgram was born on August 3, 1933 in New York City to Jewish parents, and throughout his childhood, he heard the stories of fami...

England's Poison Garden: Don't Stop To Smell These Flowers

1990s | September 16, 2022

A guide at the Poison Garden gate at Alnwick Garden. (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) If you've ever gotten on the wrong side of po...

55 Chilling Photos From History Explained

Uncategorized | September 15, 2022

Historical photos often show us things that we don’t want to see, but that we can’t look away from. This collection of photographs show us extraordinary moments from our past that...

The Monster Study

1930s | September 14, 2022

Speech therapist talking with child. (vgajic/Getty Images) The Monster Study was an experiment intended to test the effects of stigma on childhood stuttering, but it mostly resulted in a whole lot of...

The Real Casanova: Legendary Lover Or Predatory Pedophile?

People | September 12, 2022

Illustration of Casanova with one of his conquests. (Stefano Bianchetti/Corbis via Getty Images) The sexual adventures of 18th-century Italian playboy Giacomo...

The Harrowing Tale Of FedEx Flight 705

1990s | September 9, 2022

A Federal Express cargo plane flies over Nickerson Beach on July 20, 2022 in Lido Beach, New York, United States. (Bruce Bennett / Staff/Getty Images) Auburn Calloway should have...

Raggedy Ann's Tragic And Often Misunderstood Origin Story

1910s | September 7, 2022

Girl with Raggedy Ann doll. (Jodi Cobb/The Denver Post via Getty Images) For much of the 20th century, Raggedy Ann was a childhood favorite, but it's also been...

The Curse Of Robert Todd Lincoln

1800s | September 5, 2022

Robert Todd Lincoln, c. 1860s. (John Goldin & Co./Wikimedia Commons) As the son of one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history, Robert Todd Lincoln should have led a happy life, but...

The Camel Girl: A 19th-Century Oddity Who Escaped The Circus

1800s | September 2, 2022

Ella Harper. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) During the heyday of American circuses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, circus promoters sought ou...

Look Closer... Jarring Photos From Nature Captured More Than Expected

Uncategorized | September 1, 2022

We often take the power of Mother Nature for granted even though its majesty is all around us. If you look closer you'll see that even your back garden...

Rare Facts That Will Alter Your Perception Of Time

Historical Facts | August 31, 2022

A view of the pyramids at Giza from the plateau to the south of the complex. (Ricardo Liberato/Wikimedia Commons) Wooly Mammoths Walked When The Pyramids Were BuiltTh...

William Desmond Taylor, A True Hollywood Murder Mystery

1920s | August 29, 2022

Portrait of William Desmond Taylor, murdered director. (Bettmann/Getty Images) William Desmond TaylorWilliam Deane-Tanner was born to a wealthy family in Carlow,...

What You Didn't Know About Rosey Grier, Football Player, Actor, National Hero, And All-Star Nee...

Sports History | August 26, 2022

Rosey Grier in 2014 in New York City. (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images) Honestly, Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier probably has a su...

Interesting Facts About New Mexico

Historical Facts | August 24, 2022

Balloon festival, landscape view and sunset. (Busakorn Pongparnit/Getty Images) The Oldest Community In The United StatesBefore the land's colonization by Spaniards in the late 1590s...

The Phantom Barber: The Strange Crime Spree That Will Have You Scratching Your Head

1940s | August 22, 2022

Black-handled scissors on white surface. (Naomi O'Hare/Unsplash) In 1942, the coastal town of Pascagoula, Mississippi was the site of...

The White Hurricane: The United States's Largest Inland Maritime Disaster

1910s | August 17, 2022

Wave breaking on the shore of Lake Michigan by Lincoln Park while a man watches from High Bridge. (Chicago Daily News/Wikimedia Commons) We're ...

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Custody Battle For Gloria Vanderbilt And Her Trust Fund

1930s | August 12, 2022

Long before her name was on the back of your jeans or her son, Anderson Cooper, was giving you the news, Gloria Vanderbilt was a chil...

Hank Williams, Jr.'s Near-Fatal Fall Changed The Face Of Country Music

1970s | August 8, 2022

Hank Williams, Jr. during 54th Annual BMI Country Awards. (Rick Diamond/WireImage for BMI Nashville/Getty Images) Hank Williams, Jr. inherited his...

Edward Teller: The Actual Dr. Strangelove

World War II | August 5, 2022

Dr. Edward Teller, "father of the H-Bomb," pauses, as he neared the conclusion of his morning appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the nuclear test bomb t...

General George S. Patton's P.T.S.D. Teaching Moment

World War II | August 3, 2022

General George Patton. (Bettmann/Getty Images) On August 3, 1943, the issue of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder—though it wasn't yet called that—got nat...

What You Didn't Know About Camp David

historical landmarks | August 1, 2022

President Kennedy and former President Eisenhower meet at Camp David, Maryland, to discuss the Cuba crisis. August 1961. (CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Sure, there are a lot of ...

Fun Facts About Paris

Historical Facts | July 29, 2022

Eiffel Tower with Haussmann apartment buildings in foreground, Paris, France. (Harald Nachtmann/Getty Images) Paris Is Very OldThe history of Paris dates back all the way to the 200s B.C.E., when...

Who Was John Deere? The Story Of The Man Whose Name Is On Your Riding Lawn Mower

1800s | July 27, 2022

John Deere (1804—1886), 1850s. Private collection. Artist: Anonymous. (Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images) It would be easy to...

The Fairy Cats Of Celtic Mythology

Ancient History | July 22, 2022

Stray cat In Thessaloniki. (Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images) We know that the Ancient Egyptians worshiped cats, and indeed, most domesticated cats walk around like they ex...

Interesting Facts About Iceland

Historical Facts | July 20, 2022

Vik i Myrdal, Southern Iceland. Fields of lupins in bloom and the town church. (Marco Bottigelli/Getty Images) It Was Uninhabited For A Long TimeIt may be impossible to know when Icelan...

A Short History Of Firefighters

Historical Facts | July 18, 2022

Firemen fighting blaze with hose. (Ted Horowitz/Getty Images) Humanity's control of fire may date as far back as 400,000 years and is often cited as the first step toward civilization, ...

Swiss Army Knives Were Once Made In Germany

1800s | July 15, 2022

The original Swiss Army Knife that was made in Germany. (Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images) A favorite tool of survivalists, hunters, and Boy Scouts, the Swis...

Who Was T.E. Lawrence, A.K.A. Lawrence Of Arabia?

1900s | July 13, 2022

Thomas Edward Lawrence, 1927. (Bettmann/Getty Images) Thomas Edward Lawrence was born on August 16, 1888 in North Wales as the illegitimate son of Sir Thomas Chapman. ...

Alaska: Amazing Facts About The Last Frontier

Historical Facts | July 11, 2022

USA, Alaska, Denali National Park, grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) standing, looking at rainbow, rear view. (Johnny Johnson/Getty Images) The Bering Land BridgeScientists esti...

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