1930s

The Unexpected Connection Between The Dewey Decimal System And America's First Olympics

February 3, 2022

On February 3, 1932, the third Winter Olympic Games opened, marking the first time that the United States hosted a winter Olympi...

Machine Gun Kelly Sentenced To Life In Prison

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 Unbelievable Comeback Story Of Elizabeth Robinson Schwartz, Olympic Heroine And Accident Victim

September 8, 2021

Betty Robinson, A.K.A. Elizabeth Schwartz, in the 100-meter race at the 1928 Olympic games. (Library of Congress/Corbis...

Superman Action Comics 1938 Premieres The World's First Iconic Superhero

April 18, 2021

The last son of Krypton made his first comic book appearance in Action Comics #1 in June 1938, but he was gestating long before he appeared on ...

Is Pluto A Planet? How Clyde Tombaugh Discovered Pluto In 1930

February 18, 2021

On February 18, 1930, a young, eager, self-taught astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh made an observation that changed the way we think about our galaxy as w...

The Phantom: The World's First Superhero Premiered In 1936

February 17, 2021

The Phantom is a rarity among superheroes. As one of the first costumed superheroes, he paved the way for characters like Spider-Man and Batman while creator...

The Anti-Fascist Congress of the United Front Who Were Sent To Concentration Camps Soon After

October 20, 2020

Fascism as an ideology came into major prominence in the early 20th century when Italian dictator Benito Mussolini founded...

John Dillinger: Escape Plans, Bank Robberies, And Everything You Didn't Know About The Famous Crook

July 22, 2020

During the Great Depression, there were no superheroes, but there was a very real Robin Hood. John Dillinger was a b...

Maurice Tillet: The Inspiration For Shrek Had A Condition Called Acromegaly

July 21, 2020

Voiced by Mike Myers, Shrek is the reluctant hero of the 2001 fairy tale comedy of the same name, which was based on a children's book by Wi...

The 21st Amendment: All The Craziest Things That Happened When Prohibition Ended

April 27, 2020

Prohibition was an era unlike anything America had ever experienced. This 13-year period of nationwide state control over the brewing, ...

FDR Ends Prohibition: The Immediate Aftermath And How The U.S. Settled Into Normalcy

March 22, 2020

View of men and women celebrating the repeal of Prohibition with a toast and bell-ringing, Chicago, 1933. (Chicago History Museum/Gett...

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, ...

War of the Worlds: The Original Broadcast, Aftermath, And Myths

October 30, 2019

As legend has it, Orson Welles's infamous radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds by H.G. Welles was such a polarizing piece of fiction that it sent liste...

Rock, Paper, Scissors Goes Back To Ancient China

September 24, 2019

Can't decide where to have dinner? Need to determine who will take out the trash? Battling over who gets the front seat? All of these disputes can be easily solved by ...

The Flight of Wrong Way Corrigan: Navigational Error or Publicity Stunt?

October 10, 2018

American aviator Douglas ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan waves to the crows at the Ticker Tape Parade in New York City. (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via G...

Moe Berg: From MLB Player to WWII Spy

July 18, 2018

Catcher Moe Berg of the Washington Senators poses for a portrait on September 6, 1933 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stanley Weston/Getty Images) Morris “Moe” Berg enjoyed two exciti...

The Most Isolated Lighthouse in the World

December 17, 2017

Precariously perched on a rock pillar in the Westman Islands in Iceland, the Þrídrangaviti lighthouse is arguably the most isolated lighthouse in the world. The structure, sitting...

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