History's Most Significant Piece Of Needlework

Ancient History | May 13, 2022

King Edward the Confessor enthroned and Harold Godwinson at Winchester as depicted in Scene 1 of the Bayeux Tapestry. (Pictures from History/Universal Images Group via Gett...

This Day In History: The Debut Of A Shocking And Scandalous New Dance

1800s | May 11, 2022

Wilhelm Gause (1853-1916), Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria (1830-1916) at the Annual Viennese Ball. (DEA/A. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini via Getty Images...

Fast Facts About Princess Diana

British History | May 9, 2022

Diana, Princess of Wales, wears an outfit in the colors of Canada during a state visit to Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband. (Bettmann/Getty Images) She Had Many NamesAs per tradition...

A Cave, Not A Crown: A Visit To The Princess Margaret Rose Cave

1930s | May 6, 2022

British royal succession being what it is, the younger siblings always seem to get the short end of the jewel-encrusted stick. Such was the case of Prin...

Selma Burke And The Dime

1940s | May 4, 2022

Standing beside the plaque of President Roosevelt she executed is sculptress Selma Burke, as the plaque was put on view for the first time at the Modernage Art Gallery in New York in 1945. (Bett...

James DeAngelo: How The Golden State Killer Was Finally Caught

Recent History | May 2, 2022

Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected "Golden State Killer," appears in court for his arraignment on April 27, 2018. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) For mor...

No Mercy For Mercy Brown, Rhode Island's Resident Vampire

1800s | April 30, 2022

You probably associate vampire hysteria with 15th- and 16th-century Europe, but the U.S. had its share of vampire scares back in the witch trials days. The st...

The Eccles Mine Disaster

1900s | April 28, 2022

West Virginia coal miners, 1908. (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) On the morning of April 28, 1914, dozens of local men and teens left their homes to go to w...

Hell Hath No Fury Like Princess Olga Of Kiev

Ancient History | April 26, 2022

Saint Olga by Nikolay Bruni. (Russian Museum/Wikimedia Commons) In 945 C.E., a Drevlian convoy of diplomatic messengers arrived at the castle of Olga, the Grand Princess of...

Who Was Estée Lauder, The Face Of A Cosmetic Empire?

People | April 24, 2022

Estee Lauder. (Evelyn Straus/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) Although her birth name might not ring a bell, Josephine Esther Mentzer ruled the cosmetics se...

Why Does Red Mean “Stop” and Green Mean “Go”? The History of Stoplights

1920s | April 22, 2022

Traffic light showing red, green, and yellow colors along with street lamp post. (Ellen van Bodegom/Getty Images) Everyone, even small ch...

Barney And Betty Hill: The First UFO Abduction?

1960s | April 20, 2022

UFO over Mojave Desert, California. (Joe McBride/Getty Images) A couple drives through rural America in the dead of night, only to be confronted by a strange, bright whi...

We All Passed Our College Lit Classes Thanks to Clifton "CliffsNotes" Hillegass

1950s | April 18, 2022

Classical literature on bookshelves. (Richard Baker/In Pictures via Getty Images) For procrastinators, struggling readers, and the just ...

Victor/Victoria: Arkansas's Humble Country Doctor Was Hiding A Shocking Secret

1900s | April 16, 2022

Things were different in the early 1900s. Sure, women were marching in the streets, demanding the right to vote, but they still had a lon...

The Amazing Life Of Astronomer Johannes Kepler

Historical Facts | April 14, 2022

Illustration of a Johannes Kepler discussing his discoveries with Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. (Nastasic/Getty Images) Johannes Kepler was one of the most influential sc...

Who Was Arthur Treacher And What Happened To His Fish & Chips Restaurants?

1970s | April 12, 2022

Exterior view of businesses on 63rd Drive (near Queens Boulevard) in the Rego Park neighborhood, Queens, New York, New York, March 14, 1976. (Wa...

Bible John: Scotland's Creepiest Uncaught Serial Killer

1960s | April 10, 2022

Night view in the rain of one of Glasgow's many cobbled alleyways.The chruch spire on the left belongs to St. Columba Church in St. Vincent Street. (ClickAndPray P...

George Ferris's Invention Was A Big Wheel

1800s | April 8, 2022

View of the Ferris wheel on the Midway Plaisance at the World's Columbian Exposition world's fair, Chicago, Illinois, 1893. (Chicago History Museum/Getty Images) George Ferris...

Who Got There First? Peary, Cook, And The Search For The North Pole

1900s | April 6, 2022

1909: Robert Peary's fellow discoverers dressed in furs and holding flags at the North Pole. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) It has long been debated w...

"Catch 'Em Alive" Jack's Strange But Lucrative Old West Occupation

1800s | April 4, 2022

Jack Abernathy, standing in coat holding hat. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) Homesteading on the Oklahoma prairie in the 1890s was difficult,...

The Lacrosse Double Cross And The Majorly Gullible Major

British History | April 2, 2022

An Illustration of Fort Michilimackinac and Native Americans in Michigan. Circa 1800. (Photo by Archive Photos/Archive Photos/Getty Images) Sandwiched between t...

4 Medieval Torture Techniques That Will Make You Glad You Live In The Modern Age

Medieval History | March 31, 2022

17th-century thumbscrew, Märkisches Museum Berlin. (Anagoria/Wikimedia Commons) ThumbscrewIt's not known exactly when the thumbscrew was...

Chasing Curls: A Look At The History Of The Permanent Wave

Vintage Fashion | March 29, 2022

A hairdresser gives a customer a permanent wave by placing the hair in card tubes, 1921. (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) If you wer...

This Day In History: The First Cherry Blossom Trees Were Planted In Washington, D.C. In 1912

1910s | March 27, 2022

Tourists enjoy blooming cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin with the Washington Monument in the background on March 31, 2021...

New Orleans: Surprising Inventions From The Big Easy

Historical Facts | March 25, 2022

Royal flush. (William Whitehurst/Getty Images) When you think of New Orleans, you're probably thinking of good music, good food, and Mardi Gras, but the Big Easy is...

The Banana Massacre

1920s | March 23, 2022

Bananas may seem as wholesome as plants come, but behind that happy yellow peel lies a sinister history full of corruption, oppression, and death. Bananas are originally from Eastern Asia but made...

Hawaii: Surprising Facts About The Aloha State

Historical Facts | March 21, 2022

Sunset at Wailea Beach. (M Swiet Productions/Getty Images) It's Been Around For A While At 4,000 miles from Japan and almost 2,400 miles from the mainland United States, ...

John Hinckley, Jr.'s Other Targets

1980s | March 19, 2022

President Ronald Reagan waves to onlookers moments before an assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr. on March 30, 1981. (The White House/Getty Images) John Hinckley, Jr. is remem...

Chicago's Green River: This Odd Saint Patrick's Day Tradition Celebrates Its 60th Year

1960s | March 17, 2022

The Chicago River after members of Plumbers Local 130 U.A. poured environmentally safe orange powder, turning it green for Saint Pat...

Little Golden Books: The Plan To Get Books Into The Hands Of All Kids

1940s | March 15, 2022

Little Golden Books,Walmart floor display, December 2014. (Mike Mozart/Flickr) 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of Little Golden Books, those belove...

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