Catherine The Great: Biography, Stories, And Trivia About The Great

People | November 29, 2021

Portrait of Empress Catherine II (1729-1796), 1780s. Found in the collection of State Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Artist: Rokotov, Fyodor Stepanovich. (...

1924: In New York City, The First Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Is Held

1920s | November 27, 2021

Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 1924. (RV1864/Flickr) On November 27, 1924, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade came marching down the st...

Maya Angelou: Life, Biography, And Stories About The Literary Titan

Literature | November 25, 2021

Maya Angelou circa 1970. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928, Maya Angelou was...

November 21, 1902: The First Night Football Game

1900s | November 23, 2021

The Philadelphia Athletics of the 1902 National Football League. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) Before the National Football League formed in 1920, American footbal...

Enoch Brown School Massacre Of 1764

American Indians | November 21, 2021

Pontiac, chief of the Ottawa tribe and leader of a federation of Native Americans against the settlers, smokes the peace pipe at a meeting with a British major and his troops. (MPI/Ge...

1959: Ford Motor Company Announced It Was Halting Production Of The Unpopular Edsel

1950s | November 19, 2021

The 1956 Ford Edsel is displayed at The Museum of Failure in Los Angeles. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images) In 1957, the Ford Motor C...

Paul R. Williams, American Architect

historical landmarks | November 17, 2021

You may not know the name Paul R. Williams, but if you've ever been to Los Angeles, you've probably admired his work. Born in the City of Angels on February 18, 1894, the young Wi...

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Historical Facts | November 15, 2021

Entrance to the Seed Vault. (Subiet/Wikimedia Commons) Tunneled into the icy tundra of Svalbard, Norway is a vault that holds the entire future of agriculture. Opened in 2008, the Svalba...

Li'l Abner: The Comic Strip That Changed The Face Of The American South

1970s | November 13, 2021

Li'l Abner comic strip, 1949. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Li'l Abner, a satirical American comic strip that appeared in newspapers across North...

1904: King C. Gillette Patents The Gillette Razor Blade

1900s | November 11, 2021

Gillette razor and packaging, circa 1930s. (IgniteSMA/Wikimedia Commons) King C. Gillette's parents must have had high hopes when they named him, and fortunately...

The Great Boston Fire Of 1872

1800s | November 9, 2021

"The Great Fire at Boston." (National Museum of American History/Wikimedia Commons) In the early evening of November 9, 1872, a fire broke out on Boston's Summer Street. By the time the f...

Wagon Trains To The Old West

1800s | November 7, 2021

Wagon-train transportation was organized by settlers in the United States for emigration to the West during the late 18th century and most of the 19th century. These wagon trains became t...

1967: 49 Died In The Hither Green Rail Crash

1960s | November 5, 2021

Hither Green Traction Maintenance Depot in August 1980. (Leaozinho/Wikimedia Commons) On November 5, 1967, 49 passengers on a British commuter train were killed when the tr...

The Clever Hans Phenomenon

1800s | November 3, 2021

A horse flicks water off its hoof at Windsor Racecourse on July 19, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images) Animals are much smarter than we give them credit for, but just ho...

The Villisca Ax Murders

1910s | November 1, 2021

(ShaniMiller/Getty Images) One of the coldest cases in Iowa may also be its most haunting. An astounding eight people lost their lives in a single night in Villisca thanks to a crazed madman wi...

Creepy Vintage Halloween Costumes

Vintage Photos | October 30, 2021

Spooky ghost near haunted house at Halloween in vintage style. (ArtMarie/Getty Images) In the early days of Halloween festivities, the holiday retained much of its original focus on t...

Mary Shelley And Frankenstein

1800s | October 28, 2021

Frankenstein's monster. (smartboy10/Getty Images) In 1816, the volcano Mount Tambora blew its top, creating what was known throughout the world as the "year without a summer" due to the a...

The History Of The United Nations Charter

1940s | October 26, 2021

President Truman examining the United Nations Charter on July 12, 1945. (Fox Photos/Getty Images) On October 24, 1945, the United Nations Charter, which was adopted and signed...

History Of Bologna, America’s Best-Loved Lunch Meat

1900s | October 24, 2021

In today's haute cuisine and foodie culture, it can be easy to dismiss the humble bologna sandwich as a product of a bygone era, but the history of bologna is the...

Roland Doe And The True Story Of "The Exorcist"

1940s | October 22, 2021

Horror movies often confront us with the unimaginable, but sometimes, the terror is all too imaginable. One of the most frightening and disturbing movies of all time, T...

Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen

1800s | October 20, 2021

A needle-punched voodoo doll stands in front of a bright fire. (Rainer Fuhrmann/EyeEm/Getty Images) If there was ever a true queen of Voodoo, it was Marie Laveau, a Creole woman born in...

The First Horror Movie Was Made In 1896

1800s | October 18, 2021

The early French cinematographer Georges Melies playing the role of a magician with a female assistant. (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) It's easy to f...

The First Female Monarch Crowned King

Medieval History | October 16, 2021

King Jadwiga holding her scepter, 1391. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images) Jadwiga, the youngest daughter of Louis I the Great, became the ruler of Poland on October...

Lemuria: The Other Lost Continent

1800s | October 14, 2021

A general view of the Anse Georgette beach on in Praslin Island, Seychelles, where the lost continent of Lemuria is said to have been located. (Phil Inglis/Getty Images) We're all fam...

Machine Gun Kelly Sentenced To Life In Prison

1930s | October 12, 2021

American gangster George Kelly Barnes (1895–1954), A.K.A. Machine Gun Kelly, with his wife, Kathryn, at their trial for the kidnapping of businessman Charles F. Urschel at t...

The Not-So-Black-And-White History Of The Tuxedo

1800s | October 10, 2021

(Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The tuxedo is a man's go-to outfit for weddings, proms, and evenings at the opera, but who's responsible for this uniquely stylish suit? I...

The Horrors Of The Jersey Devil

Weird History | October 8, 2021

Japhet Leeds House, Moss Mill Road, Leeds Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey, May 7, 1937. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) Sure, your state may have an official flower, animal, ...

When The Japanese Bombed Oregon During World War II

World War II | October 6, 2021

The Japanese plane Kamikaze. (adoc-photos/Corbis via Getty Images) After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, all Americans were on high alert. There was...

History Of The Vampire

Literature | October 4, 2021

Publicity still of Bela Lugosi for the 1931 Universal Studios film Dracula. (Bettmann/Getty Images) From the Asanbosum of southern Ghana to the Puechen of Chile to the jiangshi of Qing-dynasty C...

Pilt Carin Ersdotter: History's Hottest Milkmaid

1800s | October 2, 2021

Milkmaid with cow, Jan van Ossenbeeck, 1647–1674. (Sepia Times/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Scarlett Johansson may have topped People magazine's list of the...

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