1940s

"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 trial...

7 Insane Things You Didn't Know About the Black Dahlia Murder

October 9, 2019

Whether you're a hardcore crime fanatic or just your average Jane with a penchant for the macabre (hey, no judgement), you've surely heard of Elizabeth Sh...

Remember Little Audrey?

March 5, 2019

Do you remember Little Audrey? In 1947, Famous Studios cartoons introduced Little Audrey, a character that was akin to the popular Little Lulu cartoon. Little Audrey was a precocious young gir...

The Sinking Of The “Unsinkable” Bismarck

February 3, 2019

The Bismarck 1918: The German merchant navy ship 'Bismarck'. Source: (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) In the early morning hours of May 19, 1941, Bismarck quietly set out on i...

Shirley Temple – The Teenage Years

October 3, 2018

Formal headshot portrait of actor Shirley Temple wearing a low cut evening dress, posing with flowers. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) We may remember Shirley Temple most fo...

10 Most Famous Conspiracy Theories Regarding The Death of Hitler

August 17, 2018

Speech Of The Fuhrer In Germany On December 11, 1941 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) One of the most popular conspiracy theori...

1940s Hollywood Starlet Defeated the Nazis and Developed WiFi

June 25, 2018

Austro-American actress Hedy Lamarr on the set of Samson and Delilah. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) It might be easy to dismiss the b...

These Were the Popular Christmas Gifts 70 Years Ago

December 12, 2017

This collection of Macy’s best-selling holiday gifts of 1948, compiled by LIFE magazine shows use just how much things have changed since then. For starters, the gifts t...

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