1940s

Iconic Photos Captured Way More Than Expected

December 16, 2022

These moments from history deserve a closer look...and nothing brings out the true life of these moments in time than color. So we hand picked a collection of once black and w...

The Hays Code: Hollywood's Golden Age's Hard Rules, Explained

November 21, 2022

If you pull up most American movies from the 1930s and '40s, you'll find that they're sweet to the point of cavity-inducing, with a hardened spine of mora...

The Phantom Barber: The Strange Crime Spree That Will Have You Scratching Your Head

August 22, 2022

Black-handled scissors on white surface. (Naomi O'Hare/Unsplash) In 1942, the coastal town of Pascagoula, Mississippi was the site of...

This Day In History: Construction Begins On The Crazy Horse Memorial

June 3, 2022

A medium close up left side view of the Crazy Horse National Monument under construction, in the Black Hill of South Dakota. (U.S. National Archives/P...

That Hagen Girl: The Shirley Temple–Ronald Reagan Movie With The Eww-Factor Ending

May 30, 2022

As child actress Shirley Temple progressed through her teenage years, she was no longer believable as a precocious dancing tot, but...

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...

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