Historical Facts

City of Angels: Essential Facts About Los Angeles

June 22, 2022

Los Angeles illuminated against sky at night. (Paul Meneshian/EyeEm/Getty) Origins Of AngelsLos Angeles was officially founded on September 4, 1781, though it was then...

Chicago: Fun Facts About The Windy City

June 20, 2022

View of cityscape with fantastic light and colors of sky against skyscraper. (Aurimas Adomavicius/Getty Images) It's Named After A Stinky OnionThe third-most populous city in th...

Chicago: Fun Facts About The Windy City

June 15, 2022

View of cityscape with fantastic light and colors of sky against skyscraper. (Aurimas Adomavicius/Getty Images) It's Named After A Stinky OnionThe third-most populous city in th...

The Story Of The Six Flags Of Texas

June 1, 2022

Texas State Capitol Dome and Flags. (Bo Zaunders/Getty Images) With nearly 30 parks across North America, Six Flags Theme Parks is one of the most popular amusement park destination...

Guinness Records And Guinness Beer: 5 Companies You Never Realized Were Related

May 23, 2022

A view of two pints of Guinness, in Dublin's pub. (Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Beer And TriviaThe Guinness World Records came ...

The Amazing Life Of Astronomer Johannes Kepler

April 14, 2022

Illustration of a Johannes Kepler discussing his discoveries with Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. (Nastasic/Getty Images) Johannes Kepler was one of the most influential sc...

New Orleans: Surprising Inventions From The Big Easy

March 25, 2022

Royal flush. (William Whitehurst/Getty Images) When you think of New Orleans, you're probably thinking of good music, good food, and Mardi Gras, but the Big Easy is...

Hawaii: Surprising Facts About The Aloha State

March 21, 2022

Sunset at Wailea Beach. (M Swiet Productions/Getty Images) It's Been Around For A While At 4,000 miles from Japan and almost 2,400 miles from the mainland United States, ...

Fast Facts About Ukraine

March 1, 2022

St. Andrews Church and Andriyivskyy Descent, in winter, Kyiv, Ukraine. (Kirill Rudenko/Getty Images) What's In A Name?There's a lot of history behind the name of Ukraine, as it's believed to b...

The History Of Grandfather Clocks

January 6, 2022

Historical grandfather clocks in the Harz Clock Museum. (Stephan Schulz/picture alliance via Getty Images) The grandfather clock is a timepiece that goes overboard in the stately eleg...

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

November 15, 2021

Entrance to the Seed Vault. (Subiet/Wikimedia Commons) Tunneled into the icy tundra of Svalbard, Norway is a vault that holds the entire future of agriculture. Opened in 2008, the Svalba...

The History Of Flight: From Da Vinci To The Wright Bros

September 24, 2021

The Flyer takes off from Kill Devil Hill with Orville Wright at the controls while his brother Wilbur looks on, December 17, 1903. (Bettmann/Getty Images) The dr...

U.S. Presidents Who Were College Cheerleaders

August 17, 2021

George W. Bush, Andover Philips Academy Year Book in 1964. (Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images) Today's cheerleading routines may combine high-flying stunts, athletic...

History Of Space Travel: From Science Fiction To Science Fact

July 23, 2021

Humans have been dreaming of visiting the stars for over a millennium, with ancient Sanskrit writings dating back to 300 C.E. telling of mythological flyi...

The Affair Of The Diamond Necklace, Or How A Queen Lost Her Head

July 11, 2021

Marie Antoinette's execution on October 16, 1793. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) The Affair of the Diamond Necklace reads more like a farce than a f...

Saint Pierre and Miquelon, A Bit of France Just Ten Miles From North America

July 5, 2021

Saint Pierre and Miquelon. (DeAgostini/Getty Images) The last remaining vestige of France's colonial empire is a couple of small islands jus...

What's A Shibboleth? Origin And Meaning Of The Biblical Word Test

May 30, 2021

Antique Bible texts in exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. (Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images) "Shibboleth," when translated directly f...

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