1920s

St. Francis Dam Disaster

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...

Charles Lindbergh’s Nazi Connection

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...

The First Federal Prison For Women Was Opened In 1928, West Virginia (And How It Went)

May 8, 2021

Nestled in the rolling hills of Alderson, West Virginia, sits the very first federal prison for women in the United States, the F...

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

November 19, 2020

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

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

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 ...

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

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...

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

November 1, 2020

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

Liberia's 1927 Presidential Election: The Most Rigged Election Ever (With A 1,680% Turnout)

September 21, 2020

The flag of Liberia. (Government of Liberia/Wikimedia Commons) In the minds of many, "politics" and "corruption" are synonymo...

Rudolph Hass, The US Postal Worker Who Invented Hass Avocados

August 22, 2020

You've probably never thought about the origins of your favorite avocado, simply enjoying your taco or toast without a care for the interesting and inspir...

19th Amendment: Aftermath And Stories About When Women Got The Right To Vote

August 18, 2020

Three unidentified women make history by becoming the first of their sex to vote in an election after the 19th Amendment was passed, San Franc...

Warren G. Harding's Death: Conspiracy Or Heart Attack? Did His Wife Poison Him?

August 3, 2020

In the history of the United States, eight presidents have died while in office. Four of them (Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, James ...

A History Of Sliced Bread: The Best Thing Since Itself

July 7, 2020

A loaf of sliced white bread. (Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images) We have probably all heard the phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread," but it doesn...

Why Is It Called The Roaring '20s?

May 12, 2020

Magazine illustration of a roaring '20s party, New York , New York, 1926. (Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images) From provocative jazz music and scandalous flappers to snazzy bootleg...

When The U.S. Government Poisoned The Alcohol Supply During Prohibition

January 20, 2020

The Prohibition Party was hemming and hawing about alcohol consumption for years before they got their way in 1919 with the passage of the 18th Amend...

The Oscars And Unions: The Awards Were Invented To Stop Labor Organization In Hollywood

January 11, 2020

Presented every year to shine a light on the filmmakers who have created something truly special, the Academy Awards have morphed int...

Buster Keaton Stunts: GIFs, Videos, And Stories Of His Craziest Feats

December 3, 2019

Though he's remembered for his death-defying stunts, Buster Keaton was so much more than an adrenaline junkie who got his kicks in front of the camera...

What You Didn’t Know About Black Tuesday And The Start Of The Great Depression

November 15, 2019

You probably remember from high school history class that the Great Depression of the 1930s was caused by the 1929 stock market crash, ...

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