147: Lucille Ball

American comedian Lucille Ball was born on this date in 1911. Here are some things you may not have known about the star of “I Love Lucy.” First, despite claiming several times to have been born in Montana, Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, New York. Her father was a telephone lineman who moved around the country for his job. […]

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146: Harry Houdini

On this date in 1926, escape artist Harry Houdini performed what might have been his greatest feat, surviving 90 minutes in a sealed coffin submerged in a swimming pool. Here are a few things you may not have known about Houdini. First, Houdini was born Erick Weisz on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary. In 1878, his family moved to […]

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145: Maurice Richard and “The Sweater”

Today is the 94th anniversary of the birth of hockey hall of famer Maurice Richard. Here are a few things you may not have known about the player they called The Rocket. First, Richard was born in Montreal and went on to play 18 years for the Montreal Canadiens. He was the first player to score 50 goals in a […]

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144: Theme Parks

On August 3, 1946, the first theme park, Santa Claus Land, opened in Santa Claus, Indiana. Here are some things you may not know about theme parks. First, there’s a difference between an amusement park and a theme park. Theme parks are amusement parks built around a particular theme. Santa Claus Land was built by Louis J. Koch after visiting […]

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