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1930s

Superman Action Comics 1938 Premieres The World's First...

April 18, 2021

The last son of Krypton made his first comic book appearance in Action Comics #1 in June 1938, but he was gestating long before he appeared on the cover of o...

Is Pluto Is A Planet? How Clyde Tombaugh Discovered Plu...

February 18, 2021

On February 18, 1930, a young, eager, self-taught astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh made an observation that changed the way we think about our galaxy as well ...

The Phantom: The World's First Superhero Premiered In 1...

February 17, 2021

The Phantom is a rarity among superheroes. As one of the first costumed superheroes, he paved the way for characters like Spider-Man and Batman while creator...

The Anti-Fascist Congress of the United Front Who Were ...

October 20, 2020

Fascism as an ideology came into major prominence in the early 20th century when Italian dictator Benito Mussolini founded the Fasces of Revolutionary Action...

John Dillinger: Escape Plans, Bank Robberies, And Every...

July 22, 2020

During the Great Depression, there were no superheroes, but there was a very real Robin Hood. John Dillinger was a bank robber who led the FBI on a year-long...

Maurice Tillet: The Inspiration For Shrek Had A Conditi...

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 William Steig about...

Golden Gate Bridge Opens In 1937: 200,000 People Celebr...

May 27, 2020

Today, it's hard to imagine San Francisco without the iconic, bright orange Golden Gate Bridge serving as the city's centerpiece, but that was reality for it...

Charles 'Pretty Boy' Floyd: The Depression-Era Robin Ho...

March 28, 2020

One of the most colorful Depression-era criminals was the cherub-faced, Robin Hood–esque Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. Floyd's love for his machine gun and hab...

Giri Choco: On Valentine's Day, Japanese Women 'Traditi...

February 13, 2020

Women buy boxes of chocolates as gifts before Valentine's Day at a Tokyo department store. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP via Getty Images) If you're in Japan around Fe...

What You Didn’t Know About Black Tuesday And The Start ...

November 15, 2019

You probably remember from high school history class that the Great Depression of the 1930s was caused by the 1929 stock market crash, but did you know tha...

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...