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Invention Of The Piano: History Of The World's Most Versatile Musical Instrument

Artifacts | November 20, 2020

The piano is the go-to instrument for composers and songwriters. (Sina Schuldt/picture alliance via Getty Images) As the instrument of c...

Steamboat Willie: Facts, Stories, & Trivia About Mickey Mouse's First Cartoon Ever

1920s | November 19, 2020

Steamboat Willie is commonly known as one the first cartoon ever made (and distributed) with sound (even though the Fleischer brother...

Shirley Chisholm: Everything You Didn't Know About The First Black Congresswoman

People | November 18, 2020

African-American educator and U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm speaks at a podium at the Democratic National Convention, Miami Beach, F...

History of the Democratic Party: The Evolution of U.S. Democrats

Historical Facts | November 17, 2020

When George Washington resigned as President of the United States in 1796, he published a farewell address in the popular American Daily Advisor for th...

History of the Republican Party: The Evolution of U.S. Republicans

Historical Facts | November 16, 2020

1874 Nast cartoon featuring the first notable appearance of the Republican elephant. (Thomas Nast/Wikimedia Commons) Whether you call it the G.O.P., t...

Bikini Laws: When Women Could Be Arrested For Wearing The Wrong Swimsuit

Historical Facts | November 15, 2020

We've come a long way, baby. Considering all the barely there string bikinis on display at every public beach and pool these days, it's hard to...

Concession Speech History: How U.S. Presidential Candidates Have Announced Their Loss In The Past

Historical Facts | November 14, 2020

William Jennings Bryan speaking at the 1908 Democratic National Convention. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) One...

How The World Reacted To Joe Biden Being Announced President In The 2020 Election

Recent History | November 13, 2020

People celebrate in the streets after the major networks declare Joseph Biden the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. (Sdkb/Wi...

When the Supreme Court Decided The Election Through History

Historical Facts | November 12, 2020

You've got to hand it to the Founding Fathers. When they wrote the U.S. Constitution, they put some clever rules in place to ensure a fair election process ...

1820 U.S. Presidential Election: The Last President Who Ran Unopposed, James Monroe

1800s | November 11, 2020

Portrait of James Monroe circa 1819. (Samuel Morse/Wikimedia Commons) What's the most amount of electoral votes ever gotten? Is it po...

Victoria Woodhull: The First Woman To Run For President (Before Women Could Vote)

Women in History | November 10, 2020

If you Google "Who was the first woman to run for president of the United States?" you may expect articles about Hilary Clinton to pop...

1902 Mount Pelée Eruption: Volcano Kills 30,000 When Governor Decides Election Is More Important

1900s | November 9, 2020

In April of 1902 the Mount Pelee volcano on Martinique island erupted. (Carl Simon/United Archives/Universal Images Group...

The Pineapple Primary: An Election Violence Threat That Required 500 Federal Marshals

1920s | November 8, 2020

Chicago has a long history of corrupt politics and organized crime, and tensions between two groups vying for control of the city ...

The Roman Toga: A Status Symbol That Was Key In Elections And Gave Us The Word "Candidate"

Ancient History | November 7, 2020

Evolving toga fashion in time.(DEA PICTURE LIBRARY/De Agostini via Getty Images) Today, the Roman toga is mostly associated wi...

Ocoee Massacre Of 1920: When One Black Man Voting Sparked Over 30 Murders

1920s | November 5, 2020

Incidents of Election Day violence have occurred for generations, but one of the most gruesome and demoralizing acts of it was the Ocoee massa...

The History Of Post-Election Riots: Should We Expect Civil Unrest After Results?

Historical Facts | November 5, 2020

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) Nothing has defined the modern era of presidenti...

History Of The White House: Facts And Trivia You Didn't Know About The Building

historical landmarks | November 4, 2020

A view of the south facade of the White House in Washington. (Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images) When Was The White House Built?Ge...

A Modern History Of Failed Coups: How Political Uprisings Go In Today's Societies

Military History | November 3, 2020

The Carabineros open fire on Nacistas occupying the Seguro Obrero. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) People have been plotting to take...

Albert Hofmann: The Man Who 'Invented' L.S.D. And Bicycle Day

1940s | November 2, 2020

A portrait of late Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann at the Swiss National Library on September 21, 2018 in Bern. (Fabrice Cofferini/AFP via Getty Images) You'v...

Fascist Blackshirts March On Rome In 1922: How The Fascist Party Made Themselves Known

1920s | November 1, 2020

(Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) In 1922, after years of drumming up support for his fascist ideals, Benito Mussolini ordered hi...

Earl Lloyd: The First Black Player In The NBA Makes His Debut

1950s | October 31, 2020

Basketball player Earl Lloyd dribbling a basketball, Virginia, 1966. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images) On October 31, 1950, Earl Lloyd ...

These Escaped Mutant Crayfish Clones Have Overtaken A Belgian Cemetery

Animals in History | October 30, 2020

(David Gerke/Wikimedia Commons) This may sound like a B-movie from the 1950s, but no, right here in 2020, mutant crayfish are wreaking havoc on a ...

Do Ghosts Exist? History May Say Yes. Here's Why Apparitions Are Likely 'Real'

Weird History | October 29, 2020

What happens after we die? It's a question that's haunted humanity since we became aware of the concept of death, with answers ranging fr...

Invention of the Radio: Guglielmo Marconi's Genius And His Brushes With Death

People | October 28, 2020

Guglielmo Marconi, portrait, head and shoulders, facing left. (Pach Brothers/Wikimedia Commons) Born in 1874 in Bologna, Italy, Guglielmo M...

Reconstruction Era: What Happened After The Civil War That We Didn't Learn In School?

Civil War | October 27, 2020

Dressed in period clothing, Viola Stoops of Woodville, Texas walks past Civil War reenactors gathered in Gettysburg to celebrate the ...

Thirty Years' War: History, Events, Timeline, And Death Count

Military History | October 26, 2020

Batalla de Rocroi, 1643. (Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau/Wikimedia Commons) The Thirty Years' War is one of the least-discussed European conflicts despite the fact ...

Originalism: History Of The Word, Meaning, Definition, And Evolution

Recent History | October 24, 2020

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States. (Howard Chandler Christy/Wikimedia Commons) "Originalism" is a word that's being toss...

How Long Did The 2000 Presidential Election Results Take? A Look Back At The Las...

Recent History | October 23, 2020

Disenfranchised Voters Protest at the U.S. Supreme Court on December 11, 2000. (Elvert Barnes/Wikimedia Commons) What happened in the...

Nikola Tesla: Everything You Didn't Know About The Famous Inventor

People | October 22, 2020

Nikola Tesla (1856–1943), Serbian-American physicist sitting in his Colorado Springs laboratory with his "magnifying transmitter," 1899 (multiple expos...

Vladimir Lenin: Everything You Didn't Know About The Russian Revolutionary

1900s | October 21, 2020

Becoming Vladimir LeninVladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was born to a middle-class, well-educated family in Simbirsk, Russia on April 22, 1870. His f...

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