186: Death of James Dean

Sixty years ago today, actor James Dean was killed in a car wreck in central California. Here are some things you may not know about the actor and his death. He was born on February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana. When he was in elementary school, his family moved to Santa Monica, California. His mother died when he was nine […]

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185: Jerry Lee Lewis is Born

Today is the 80th birthday of musician Jerry Lee Lewis. Here are some facts you may not have known about the man they call “The Killer.” Jerry Lee Lewis was born in Ferriday, Louisiana to parents Elmo and Mamie Lewis. His cousins included future country singer Mickey Gilley and TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart. In 1956, he began working for Sun […]

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184: Penicillin is Discovered

On this date in 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered the world’s first antibiotic, penicillin. Here are a few facts about Fleming and his discovery. Fleming was born in 1881 in Scotland. After moving to London to attend the Royal Polytechnic Institution, Fleming enrolled at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in Paddington. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World […]

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182: Benedict Arnold Flees West Point

On this date in 1780, American general Benedict Arnold abandoned his post at West Point when it was discovered that he had made a deal with the British Army to surrender the fortification. Here are a few things you may not have known about the man whose name has become a synonym in the United States for traitor. He was […]

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181: The Nintendo Company is founded

On this date in 1889, the Nintendo Company was founded. Here are a few things you may not have known about the game company. Its original name was Nintendo Koppai or Nintendo Playing Card Company. The company made a card game called Hanafuda. In 1966 the company moved into the toy business with the Ultra Hand, a scissor-driven extendable arm, […]

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180: The Peace Corps is Founded

On this date in 1961, the Peace Corps was officially authorized by the United States Congress. Here are a few facts you may not have known about the Peace Corps. It was established by by executive order by President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship. Members of the Peace Corps provide technical assistance and help with social […]

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