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The Moulin Rouge: A Famous French Theater That Held The...

October 6, 2020

Moulin Rouge, Paris, April 2011. (Christine Zenino/Wikimedia Commons) Whether you're a lover of art, dance, or pop musicals, you've probably heard of the famo...

The Orient Express: A Famous Train Ride Across Europe T...

October 4, 2020

The Orient Express at the Salzburg station. (Culture Club/Getty Images) Perhaps the best-known train in the world, the Orient Express conjures images of luxur...

John D. Rockefeller: The First Billionaire's Biography ...

September 28, 2020

Seated portrait of John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937), American oil magnate, early twentieth century. (Interim Archives/Getty Images) America's first billio...

Bill The Butcher A.K.A. William Poole: Bio, Facts, & Tr...

September 22, 2020

(Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) More than the inspiration for Daniel Day Lewis's character in Gangs Of New York, William Poole, also known as "Bill the Bu...

Sleeping Beauty Syndrome And How It Takes Over Your Lif...

September 2, 2020

The Sleeping Beauty - Fairy tale by French author, Charles Perrault: 12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703. The scene where the Prince appears to the Sleeping beauty ,a...

What Happened To Aaron Burr After He Shot Alexander Ham...

September 1, 2020

Even if you haven't seen the smash Broadway musical Hamilton, you probably know that Alexander Hamilton, one of America's founding fathers and the first secr...

1894: Two Scientists Discovered The Bacteria That Cause...

August 25, 2020

Man being injected by doctor during an outbreak of bubonic plague in Karachi, India. Photograph, 1897. (Wellcome Collection/Wkimedia Commons) By 1894, the bub...

The Invention Of Potato Chips In 1853 By A Half-Black, ...

August 24, 2020

Potato chips. (Urbano Delvalle/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images) If there's anything people love more than sweet, sweet fried potatoes...

Ugly Laws: A 1867 San Francisco Attempt At Making Ugly ...

August 14, 2020

Can you imagine walking down the street and being stopped by a police officer for public unattractiveness? It sounds like a bad comedy sketch, but it was som...

Lizzie Borden: 1892's Unsolved Axe Murder Mystery Case

August 4, 2020

We probably all remember the morbid schoolyard ditty about Lizzie Borden, in which we learned that she gave her parents 40–41 whacks with an ax. Officially, howe...

The White Declaration Of Independence: When White Supre...

July 3, 2020

In 1898, white supremacists permanently scarred the community of Wilmington, North Carolina by stoking anger and resentment among the white citizens of this ...

Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch: The Father Of Masochism, Exp...

June 28, 2020

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Fanny Pistor Bogdanoff, c. 1870-1880 (note the whip). (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) Human sexuality is a vastly complicated...

Helen Keller: What You Didn't Know About The Outspoken ...

June 27, 2020

Helen Keller on her four-acre estate near Westport, Conn. (David McLane/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) Today, Helen Keller's name is synonymous with ...

Emily Dickinson: Things You Didn't Know About The Famou...

May 28, 2020

Whether you're a fan of poetry or prefer HBO, you know Emily Dickinson, the poet from Amherst, Massachusetts who spent the 1800s writing private pieces and s...

Samuel Morse: Inventor Of The Telegraph, Failed Painter...

May 24, 2020

You may only know Samuel Morse for that code he invented, but there was much more to the man than dots and dashes. He was also a mediocre student who dreamed...

The First Bicycle Is Introduced In New York City, 1819:...

May 21, 2020

In 1819, the bicycle rolled across the Atlantic into the Big Apple all the way from Europe. Known as "velocipedes" or "swift walkers," these strange contrapt...

1891: What It Was Like When Carnegie Hall Opened In New...

May 5, 2020

1895: View of Carnegie Hall on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York City. (Photo by Museum of the City of New York/Byron Collection/Getty Imag...

1878: The First White House Easter Egg Roll And The Lon...

April 22, 2020

Easter is an important holiday to many Americans, but there's a special tradition in Washington, D.C. that's been occurring on and off for more than 100 year...

Harry Houdini: Stories, Myths, And Facts About Magic's ...

March 24, 2020

Harry Houdini may have passed away in 1936, but he remains the most well-known magician of the 20th century. He was the scourge of false mystics and imitators, a ...

Horatio Nelson's Body: When The British Pickled Their D...

March 11, 2020

At the Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic War, Britain's most beloved naval hero, Horatio Nelson, was struck by a musket ball on the deck of the Victory. T...

The Weird History Of Babies In Advertising

March 10, 2020

It's no secret that babies are popular. As a species, we have about 258 of them every minute, so if we weren't designed to find their squishy little faces adorable enough to...

Ladies' Ordinaries: Women-Only Restaurants That Shielde...

March 8, 2020

The Gloppe patisserie on the Champs-Elysees, two women eating pastries, 1889, Jean Beraud. (M. Seemuller / De Agostini Picture Library via Getty Images) A gir...

Alexander Graham Bell: Inventor Of The Telephone, Inter...

March 7, 2020

Although several noted inventors of the day, including Thomas Edison and Elisha Gray, were also tinkering with communication technology, it was Alexander Gra...

Aspirin: The History Behind The Heroin Addict Who Inven...

March 6, 2020

Not to alarm you, but those little white pills that make your headaches dissolve and soothe inflamed muscles have more in common with heroin than you think, i.e. ...

The First Indoor Hockey Game Took Place In Canada In 18...

March 3, 2020

Ice hockey became the official winter sport of Canada in 1994, but really, it was just a formality. People have been making jokes about Canada and hockey for...

Mary Shelley Kept Her Husband's Heart After His Death A...

February 12, 2020

One of the earliest masters of horror, Mary Shelley wasn't just dabbling in the dark when she wrote one of the most important and influential novels of all time. ...

Robert Smalls's Great Escape: How A Slave Stole A Confe...

December 4, 2019

Born into slavery and forced to work as a ship's captain without any of the respect usually afforded to a ship's captain, Robert Smalls was a man who refused to ...

"Jingle Bells" Is A Thanksgiving Song: What?

December 1, 2019

As one of the best-loved songs of the Christmas season, "Jingle Bells" has become part of our holiday culture, but there is more to this catchy ditty than meets the ear. F...

Sacagawea: Facts You Didn't Know

November 25, 2019

Sacagawea, the Native American woman who helped Lewis and Clark on their expedition through the Northwest, is a larger-than-life figure in American history. Unfortunately, much of the...

Steinert Hall: The Secret Antique Symphonic Theater Hid...

September 28, 2019

Cue The Phantom of the Opera: This is the story of a real-life hidden concert hall, tucked deep underground and forgotten beneath the bustling street above. ...

Who Was The Real Betty Crocker?

September 26, 2019

Today, we know her as the premier purveyor of boxed cake mixes, but a generation or two ago, Betty Crocker was the go-to expert for all things baking. It may surprise you to know that ...

Letter Perfect: The History of Varsity Jackets

July 15, 2019

If you played a sport in high school, you probably couldn’t wait to get your Varsity letter. That meant you could officially have a varsity jacket, or letterman jacket, ...

A Charming History: Charm Bracelets Through the Years

September 17, 2018

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall shows off her charm bracelet while visiting Portugal on March 29, 2011. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) One particular style of ...

Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death: The Year Without S...

September 14, 2018

(Photo by BSIP/UIG via Getty Images) Think our weather is wacky sometimes? It is nothing compared to 1816, also known as the Year Without a Summer in the Unit...

Mysterious spiral staircase of Loretto Chapel in New Me...

July 12, 2018

Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The design may have been inspired by the Paris Sainte Chapel. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Back in...

Vintage Photos: Victorian Girls And Their Books, 1800s

December 16, 2016

In the late 1800s, people posing for their portraits were given the chance to decide what they would like to be doing in their photos. While many chose to simply look...