Eruption of Mount Vesuvius

On this date in the year 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying several towns, most notably Pompeii. Here are some things you may not know about Vesuvius. There is disagreement over the exact date of the eruption. Some archaeologists argue that the evidence buried in Pompeii puts the eruption date as October 24, but traditionally the August date has been used. […]

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Presidential Cars: White House on Wheels

On this date in 1902, Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to ride in an automobile in public. Here are some things you may not know about presidential cars. Roosevelt’s predecessor William McKinley was the first president to ride in a car, but apparently he did so in private. Roosevelt’s excursion took place during a visit to Hartford, Connecticut. […]

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Indianapolis: The World’s First Speedway

On this date in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway played host to its first auto race. Here are some things you may not have known about the Brickyard. The track is located inside Indianapolis, but not in Indianapolis. It’s located in a suburb called Speedway, Indiana, that is completely surrounded by the city of Indianapolis. The track is a 2 […]

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Campaign Memorabilia: Buttons, Bumper Stickers and More

Campaign memorabilia in the United States dates back to the beginning of American democracy. The first campaign buttons were actual buttons sewed on to clothing. Buttons were given out for George Washington’s first inauguration in 1789. In 1828, Andrew Jackson became the first presidential candidate to aggressively use memorabilia as part of his campaign. Jackson, who had been defeated in […]

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Klondike Gold Rush: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

  On this date in 1896, gold was discovered in a tributary of the Klondike River in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Here are some things you may not have known about the Klondike Gold Rush. George Carmack, an American prospector, was looking for gold with his wife, brother-in-law and a nephew near the Klondike River. Another prospector suggested the […]

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Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music

On this date in 1969, the Woodstock festival opened in upstate New York. Here are some things you may not have known about it. It wasn’t held in Woodstock. It was originally planned for Woodstock, but local residents balked at the idea, forcing the organizers to find another location. The city of Wallkill, New York, vetoed the concert on July […]

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