Berlin Airlift: A Lifeline for a City

On this date in 1949, the Berlin Airlift ended. Here are some things you may not have known about the effort to keep West Berlin supplied during a blockade by the Soviets. Following World War II, Germany was divided into four occupation zones, one each for the Americans, British, French and Soviets. The city of Berlin, 100 miles deep into […]

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Around the World by Airplane in 175 Days

  On this date in 1924, the first aerial circumnavigation of the world was completed. Here are some things you don’t know about the feat. Two years before the successful attempt, the British made the first attempt, followed by the French, Italians, Portuguese, and another British attempt. In 1923, the U.S. Army Air Service began preliminary planning for an American […]

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Model T: The Everyman’s Automobile

On this date in 1908, the first Ford Model T left the factory. Here are some things you may not have known about the iconic car. Contrary to popular belief, the Model T wasn’t the first car built on a modern assembly line. That honor goes to the Oldsmobile Curved Dash in 1901. Henry Ford didn’t begin using his conveyer-belt […]

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Bob Marley: One Love For Music

  On this date in 1980, Bob Marley played what would be his final concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here are some things you may not have known about him. Robert Nesta Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Mile, Jamaica. His parents originally gave him the first name Nesta, meaning “wise messenger.” Later, a Jamaican passport worker would […]

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“The Hobbit”: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

On this date in 1937, “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien was published for the first time. Here are some things you may not have known about the book. Tolkien was professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College, Oxford. In his spare time he wrote poetry and short stories. In the early 1930’s Tolkien said he found a blank sheet of paper […]

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