1940s

Selma Burke And The Dime

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...

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

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...

Wondrous Facts About It's A Wonderful Life

December 25, 2021

Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, and Karolyn Grimes in It's A Wonderful Life. (National Telefilm Associates/Wikimedia Commons) It Wasn't Destined To Be A Christmas ClassicIt is har...

A Christmas Story: The Red Ryder BB Gun

December 17, 2021

Peter Billingsley sits on Santa's lap in a scene from the film 'A Christmas Story,' 1983. (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images) Although the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story...

The History Of The United Nations Charter

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...

Roland Doe And The True Story Of "The Exorcist"

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...

How Tire Companies Supposedly Sabotaged LA's Early Transit System

April 19, 2021

"Red Car" of the Pacific Electric. (Oleknutlee/Wikimedia Commons) To efficiently get around Los Angeles, you have to drive a car, but it wasn't always ...

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" Song Lyrics (The Story of A WWII Soldier Longing For His Family)

December 19, 2020

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" was written by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent, but it's most closely associated with American sin...

White Christmas: Song Lyrics, Meaning, Fun Facts, And Things You Didn't Know

December 18, 2020

Actor Bing Crosby, actresses Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, and actor Danny Kaye, dressed in Christmas colors as they sing during the 1954 P...

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

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...

When The C.I.A. Is Formed In 1947 (Established By President Truman)

September 17, 2020

The C.I.A. has long loomed large in the minds of tinfoil hat–wearers and fans of police procedurals alike, but its formation was born out of the nee...

Bugs Bunny: Yes, There Are Facts/Stories You Didn't Know About Him

July 27, 2020

Happy 80th birthday, you wascally wabbit! Bugs Bunny made his official debut on July 27, 1940, and he's been chomping on carrots and thwarting hunter...

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...

George Washington Carver And Henry Ford Worked On Experimental Projects Together

July 20, 2020

George Washington Carver, a renowned botanist, educator, and agriculturalist, was nearing the end of his life on July 19, 1942 when he ...

Zoot Suit Riots: The Racist Riots Sparked By Non-White Neighbors Using 'Too Much Cloth'

June 4, 2020

You’ve heard its name memorialized in song, but do you know the very real and very frightening story behind the Zoot Suit Riots ...

Ed Gein: Stories, Trivia, And Facts You Didn't Know Until Now

November 16, 2019

Ed Gein: The Wisconsin cannibal. The hungriest mama's boy of the 20th century. He's long-held a strange place in Americana, but no one living in Plainfield, Wi...

Nuremberg Trials: Sentencing, Trivia, Criminals, And Aftermath

November 1, 2019

The Nuremberg trials of 1946 were some of the most controversial and difficult legal proceedings of the 20th century. Over the course of five years, 13 trials...

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