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Baby Fae, A Baboon Heart, And Bioethics

November 11, 2019

On October 14, 1984, a tiny, premature, and the very sick baby was born in California. Although her birth certificate listed her name as Stephanie Fae Beauclair, she became kno...

Steve Martin's Wedding Was A Surprise To His Guests

November 4, 2019

Weddings are joyous occasions. Two people tying the knot of the love they share, surrounded by friends and family---what's not to like? Nevertheless, there's always...

Tulsa Race Massacre: What Happened, Why, And The Afterm...

November 3, 2019

Some acts and misdeeds are so horrendous that they're hidden from history until they're nearly forgotten. The Tulsa Race Massacre is one of those moments in time...

Nuremberg Trials: Sentencing, Trivia, Criminals, And Af...

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 we...

War of the Worlds: The Original Broadcast, Aftermath, A...

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 listeners ...

The Jigsaw Halloween Blood Drives Have Saved Over 360,0...

October 29, 2019

Saw, the film series in which piles of unlucky people are killed in ironic and gruesome ways isn't exactly what you'd call "elevated horror." After raking in som...

The Day Elvis Helped Fight Polio

October 28, 2019

Elvis Presley receiving a polio vaccination from Dr. Leona Baumgartner and Dr. Harold Fuerst at CBS Studio 50 in New York City. Source: (Photo by Seymour Wally/NY Daily News Archive via ...

This Is How Americans Celebrated Halloween In The Early...

October 25, 2019

While it's always been a little spooky and a lot of fun, Halloween hasn't always looked the way it does now. Dressing up and carving pumpkins has always been a p...

Devil's Night, Mischief Night, Or Cabbage Night: What D...

October 21, 2019

Mischief Night, Cabbage Night, the pre-Halloween candy fast---depending on where you grew up, you not only called the night before Halloween something different,...

The History of Jack-O'-Lanterns: Carving Pumpkins On Ha...

October 19, 2019

Today, jack-o'-lanterns are a Halloween staple that almost single-handedly keep America's pumpkin farmers in business. Originally, though, the practice of ca...

Ragamuffin Day: The Precursor To Halloween That The NYT...

October 18, 2019

Kids dressed in crazy costumes going door to door begging for treats---it sounds a lot like Halloween, doesn't it? It could be, except for a few notable diff...

Rolex Murder: How A Dead Man's Fancy Watch Led To His M...

October 17, 2019

A Rolex watch helped to solve a crime and bring Canada’s most water criminal to justice. Source: (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic/Getty Images) Albert John...

Isaac Newton Said The World Is Ending In 2060: Was He R...

October 14, 2019

English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727) contemplates the force of gravity, as the famous story goes, on seeing an apple fall in his o...

A Brief History of Europe's Werewolf Trials

October 11, 2019

Werewolves, or lycanthropes if you're feeling fancy, have been around in myth form since time immemorial, but there was a period in Europe when they were taken entirely too...

The Edelweiss Pirates Fought Back Against The Hitler Yo...

October 6, 2019

Edelweiss Pirates youth group in Nazi Germany. They emerged in western Germany out of the German Youth Movement of the late 1930s. Source: (Universal History Ar...

Rick Rescorla Rescued Over 2,000 Employees On 9/11

October 4, 2019

One of the World Trade Center's twin towers collapses after it was struck by a commercial airliner in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. Source: (P...

Montparnasse Derailment: When A Train Went Through A St...

September 29, 2019

A dramatic snapshot photograph of a derailed steam locomotive at Montparnasse Station, Paris, taken by an unknown photographer. Source: (Photo by SSPL/Getty Ima...

The History Of The Real-Life Death Ray

September 8, 2019

In science-fiction, death rays are defined as weapons that shoot beams of energy to conveniently kill the enemy without bullets or bombs. Because of this, death rays are a stapl...

The Salem Witch Trials Were One Long LSD Binge And Here...

September 2, 2019

The Salem Witch Trials stands as one of the greatest WTF moments in all of American history. In 1692, a few girls fell ill, and one year later, 25 people were de...

Wedding Traditions: Why Bridesmaids, Veils, and Bells? ...

August 14, 2019

Wedding ceremonies are steeped in tradition, and let's face it, some of them are rather odd. A quick look into the origins of many of today's wedding traditi...

Carpathia to the Rescue: The Ship That Saved Titanic

August 10, 2019

Survivors of the sinking of the Titanic on April 18, 1912, aboard the RMS Carpathia the ship that rescued them. Washington, Library Of Congress. Source: (Photo by DeA...

The Great Plains' Largest Natural Disaster: A Plague Of...

August 7, 2019

A large swarm of locust can eat 100,000 metric tons of vegetation per day. AFP PHOTO/BILAL TARABEY. Source: (Photo credit should read BILAL TARABEY/AFP/Getty Im...

Hunting Down an Assassin: The Manhunt for MLK’s Killer

June 16, 2019

American Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) speaks at Quinn Chapel on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, 1960s. Source: (Photo by Robe...

When The Mona Lisa Was Stolen: 1911's Art Theft That Ma...

May 23, 2019

Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vince at the Louvre Museum, Paris, France. Source: (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images) Even if you are not a...

The Story Behind 'The Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County...

May 22, 2019

A young boy encourages his frog to perform a long jump. AFP PHOTO Source: (Photo credit STR/AFP/Getty Images) American author Samuel Clemens, better known by ...

Are Tomatoes Fruits Or Vegetables?: The Supreme's Court...

May 15, 2019

A woman picks a tomato at a market. Source: (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images) The tomato… is it a fruit or a vegetable? Ask a group of botanists and th...

The Sweet and Salty History of the Margarita

May 5, 2019

Mexico Jalisco Puerto Vallarta Frosted glass of a margarita cocktail served with ice and slice of lime with whole limes at side. Source: (Photo by: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Get...

What’s a Whirling Dervish?

May 3, 2019

You’ve undoubtedly heard the term ‘whirling dervish’ before, but you may not be aware of the important cultural and spiritual tradition of these frenzied, spinning Turkish dancers. For ou...

Peggy Sue, The Original Rock Groupie Chick

May 1, 2019

In the 1960s and 1970s, the idea of a rock groupie chick, a pretty young girl who hung out with the band, partied with them and dated one or more of the musicians, was well-...

May Day: Welcoming Spring

April 30, 2019

Queen Elizabeth II watches maypole dancers. Source: (Photo by Tim Ireland/PA Images via Getty Images) Although the Spring Equinox occurs several weeks earlier, many ancient cultures celebrate...

The Incredible Saga of the Crown of Thorns

April 21, 2019

Earlier this week, the eye of the world watched in horror at the televised footage of the devasting fire that swept through the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The a...

The History of Jelly Beans

April 20, 2019

Easter Brunch. Jelly beans. (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) On Easter morning, children across the country will wake up to find an assortment of candy in their East...

The White House Easter Egg Roll: A Tradition Like No Ot...

April 17, 2019

Kids participate in an Easter egg roll race during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017....

Jubilee: Mobile Bay’s Unique Ocean Phenomenon Equals Go...

April 16, 2019

Mobile Bay in Alabama, a shallow arm of the Gulf of Mexico, is home to a strange and unique ocean phenomenon that, for hundreds of years, has been cause fo...

What Do You Know About St. Elmo’s Fire, Not the 1980s B...

April 8, 2019

In 1985, a movie called St. Elmo’s Fire, starring brat-packers Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, and Judd Nelson, was rel...

Running With the Bulls: A Strange and Dangerous Annual ...

April 3, 2019

For eight days in July, the streets of Pamplona, Spain, are wild and crazy. Wild because that is when the annual Running of the Bulls takes place, with long-...

Springtime Is The Time For Weddings

March 31, 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MAY 10: Alexis Preston poses before her wedding ceremony. Source: (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images) In the photo above: “Disney Royal Wedding: Alexis Prest...

Did Captain Kidd Hide His Loot In a Thimble? The Unique...

March 26, 2019

Thimble Islands archipelago in the Long Island Sound, Branford, Connecticut. Source: (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images) In Long Island Soun...

What You Didn’t Know About the Boston Tea Party

March 22, 2019

Our U.S. history lessons in elementary school often include the bold and rebellious act by the American colonists of raiding a British cargo ship and dumping loads of...

The Real Story Of The Mutiny On The Bounty

March 7, 2019

Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian, and Trevor Howard as Captain William Bligh, in a scene from the 1962 film 'Mutiny on the Bounty' directed by Lewis Milestone. Source: (MGM ...

Rum Runners: A Short, But Profitable Prohibition-Era Ca...

March 6, 2019

When the United States Congress finally caved to pressures from temperance groups and passed the 18th Amendment in 1920, the country went dry. Alcohol produc...

How a German U-Boat Ended Up In Chicago

March 4, 2019

French warship 'Sirocco' sinking German U-Boat, 24 November 1930. French destroyer sank two submarines. From British 'Epic Series' Postcards, No. 8. 'Passed for Publication by Min...

When Texas Was Its Own Country

March 1, 2019

1839: The flag of the Republic of Texas, the 'Lone Star' state was admitted to the Union in 1845. Source: (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) Today, it seems strange to think that Texas could st...

Thanks to These Ladies, Women Have the Right to Vote

February 25, 2019

On May 3, 1916, Suffragettes carry a banner announcing that 'Women have full suffrage in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Idaho' at the Women of all Nations Parade in New ...

Ben Franklin and His Kite Experiment, The Real Story

February 22, 2019

A Currier & Ives lithograph of Benjamin Franklin and his son William using a kite and key during a storm to prove that lightning was electricity, June 1752. Source: (...

“Happy Birthday To You”: The Celebratory Song With the ...

February 21, 2019

Finally, in 2015, more than 90 years after it was first published, the song everyone sings before blowing out their birthday candles, the ditty “Happy Bi...

Lorne Greene and the Fate of a Horse

February 19, 2019

Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright on Buck in a scene from TV’s “Bonanza” Source: (Photo by: Fred Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) TV’s Bonanza was one of the longest runni...

The True Story of the Essex, the Inspiration for "Moby ...

February 13, 2019

Gregory Peck in a scene from the 1956 movie “Moby Dick'' Source: (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) In 1851, Herman Melville published hi...

Thor Heyerdahl and the Voyage of the Kon-Tiki

February 12, 2019

Thor Heyerdahl aboard the Kon-Tiki (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) In 1778, Captain James Cook, who had been sailing from island to island in the S...

Faith Over Baseball: Where Sandy Koufax Wasn’t On Yom K...

February 7, 2019

The LA Dodgers were having a great season in 1965…so great, in fact, that they made it to the World Series against the Minnesota Twins. Much of the team’s ...

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...

Teddy Roosevelt Bull Moosed His Way Through An Assassin...

January 31, 2019

Theodore Roosevelt was waving his hat to the crowd just like this when an assassin shot him. Source: (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) Theodore Roosevelt, t...

The Lindbergh Baby: The Kidnapping, the Investigation, ...

January 29, 2019

Portrait of the American pilot Charles LINDBERGH, the first to succeed to cross the Atlantic without stop over. His fame made his young child a target for kidna...

Convicted by Fingerprint: A 1910 Murder Trial Makes His...

January 22, 2019

A policeman takes a fingerprint at an Interpol facility in Lima on August 29, 2018. Source: (CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images) On September 19, 1910, Thomas Je...

Judge Proctor’s Windmill Versus An Alien UFO: The 1897 ...

January 15, 2019

A windmill at dawn. Source: (Sharpshooters/VWPics/UIG via Getty Images) Forget Roswell and the UFO that reportedly crashed there in 1947. Fifty years earlie...

Deadly Wildfires of California

January 12, 2019

Firefighter lights backfires during the Carr fire in Redding, CA on July 27, 2018.-One person died and at least two others injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Source: (...

A Historical Look at Saint Valentine’s Day

January 6, 2019

Valentine’s Day is, for most people, a day to celebrate the loved ones in their life. But where did Valentine’s Day originate and how did we come to celebrate a particula...

NORAD: Keeping Tabs on Santa Since 1955

December 24, 2018

This December 24, 2012 photo shows a woman monitoring the progress of Santa Claus in Washington, DC. The Santa tracker (right) is set up by the North American Aerospace Defense Co...

The Worst Blizzards in History

December 23, 2018

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Man uses snow blower to clear a path as the worst snowstorm in five years blankets the area in 14 inches of snow. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Ar...

The Roots of the Christmas Tree

December 22, 2018

Evergreen trees/image from thetreecenter.com Plants and trees which stay green all year, such as pine, spruce, and fir trees, have been included in winter celebrations for thousands of ...

Remember the L.A. Riots?

December 18, 2018

Fires During LA Riots (Photo by Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images) A pivotal event in the 1990s was the L.A. Riots. For three days in the early nineties, police and National Guard troo...

Accidental Inventions From The Past

December 15, 2018

1954: Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), noted bacteriologist and joint winner of the 1945 Nobel Prize for Medicine, at work in his laboratory in the Wright-Fleming Institute. (Photo ...

The Vile Vortices Of Ivan T. Sanderson

December 9, 2018

Ten of the twelve vortices/image from pinterest In 1972, Ivan T. Sanderson, a Scottish biologist who founded the Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained, published an ar...

Escape From Alcatraz – 1962

December 8, 2018

It was once assumed that no one could escape from Alcatraz. In fact, officials bragged that it was not possible to escape from “The Rock” as they called it. Making it the topic of news re...

Drake’s Plate: A Fabricated Artifact and the Story of a...

December 7, 2018

Francis Drake sailed his ship Golden Hind into history, 1578, by Cornelis de Vries, watercolour. 16th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) Several gen...

McCarthyism: The Witch Trials of the Twentieth Century

December 2, 2018

Throughout history, there have been times when mass hysteria has led to the wrongful punishment of the accused, with little to no evidence. It usually starts wit...

London’s Great Smog of 1952

November 25, 2018

December 5, 1952, was a chilly one in London, prompting residents to warm their homes by lighting their coal fireplaces and unknowingly contributing to a catastrophe that would kill thous...

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Through The Years

November 22, 2018

Tom Turkey, just one of the stars of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) The holiday season officially ki...

Tragic Disasters of Space Exploration

November 14, 2018

Boldly going where no man has gone before is a risky and dangerous endeavor. There are so many unknowns and variables with space travel that, occasionally, things don’t go as pla...

Deadliest Volcanic Eruptions in History

November 11, 2018

Volcanoes are one of the most awe-inspiring forces of nature, exhibiting a power unmatched by anything mankind has created. They have a violent history of not only destroying ci...

The Inception of the Time Travel Tale

October 28, 2018

Time travel is a recurring theme in both literature and film, transcending the genre of science fiction and finding its way into romantic comedies like About Time and Kate and Le...

Six of the Deadliest Hurricanes to Hit the U.S.

October 13, 2018

In the United States, as well as around the world, we see more devastating storms than ever before and they seem to be happening more frequently. The most recent deadli...

Jackie Kennedy Stands Silently By as LBJ is Sworn In as...

April 6, 2017

On November 22, 1963, two hours after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the nation’s 36th president aboard...

The Solvay Conference: Gathering of Some of the Most In...

March 22, 2017

The Solvay Conference was founded in 1912 by Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay. It was considered a turning point in the physics world. Held in Brussels, the co...

Did Author Really ‘Predict’ the Titanic Sinking 14 Year...

March 10, 2017

The novella , written by Morgan Robertson in 1898, shows a couple of eerie similarities to the well-known story of the sinking Titanic. How many similarities ...

13 Badass Men from History

March 7, 2017

Be astonished of their overwhelming feats... Other Badass Stories: -The Dr. Who Operates on Himself to Remove His Own Appendix -The Arctic Explorer Who Was Burried in a Blizzard and Used His ...

The Tragic Hindenburg Disaster Caught on Tape, 1937

March 5, 2017

This first-hand footage from the British Pathe archive reveals the famous Hiddenburgh crash, where 13 out of 36 passengers died and 22 out of 61 crew members perished as...

The Eruption of Mount St. Helens 36 Years Ago

February 22, 2017

The ground shook underneath Mount St. Helens in Washington state. It was May 18th, 1980, at 8:32 a.m., when a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck and brought about one of the larg...

The Johnstown Flood, A Calamity of Biblical Proportions...

February 8, 2017

On the morning of May 31, 1889, after a night of heavy rain the artificial reservoir of Lake Conemaugh appeared to be on the verge of overwhelming the notoriously...

Some of the Most Influential and Powerful Photos Ever T...

January 18, 2017

Given the subtlety of its subjects and its galvanizing nature, documentary photography remains to be a subject of debate. Furthermore, a single photo of a sick ch...