“Thriller” by Michael Jackson is Released

On this date in 1982, Epic Records released Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Here are some things you may not have known about the best-selling album of all time. Jackson was unhappy with the reception his previous album, “Off the Wall” received in 1979. He believed it should have won the Grammy for Record of the Year and set about making an […]

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D.B. Cooper Jumps into History

On this date in 1971, a man using the alias Dan Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient Airlines flight between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Here are some things you may not have known about D.B. Cooper. On November 24, 1971, the day before Thanksgiving, a man identifying himself as Dan Cooper purchased a one-way ticket on an afternoon flight from […]

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220: It’s the Birthday of Harpo Marx

Today is the 127th anniversary of the birth of Harpo Marx, the second-oldest of the Marx Brothers comedy troupe. Here are some things you may not have known about Harpo and his brothers. Adolph Marx was born in New York, and grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He was the third son of Sam and Minnie Marx, […]

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“Steamboat Willie” and the Debut of Mickey Mouse

[wpdevart_youtube]BBgghnQF6E4[/wpdevart_youtube] “Steamboat Willie” was the first Disney cartoon with synchronized sound and the first cartoon with a fully post-produced soundtrack. All of the voices in the film were performed by Walt Disney. It was actually the third cartoon produced by Disney featuring Mickey Mouse. The first two, “Plane Crazy” and “The Gallopin’ Gaucho” were reworked and released after “Steamboat Willie.” […]

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The Suez Canal Opens

On this date in 1869, the Suez Canal opened. Here are some things you may not have known about it. The Suez Canal links the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, and cuts 4,300 miles off the shipping distance from Europe to South Asia. It’s a sea level canal, so unlike the Panama Canal there are no locks and the […]

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The Mad Bomber Strikes New York

Today is the 75th anniversary of the first in a string of bomb-related incidents that terrorized New York City for 16 years. Here are some things you may not have known about “The Mad Bomber.” The first bomb was found on a window sill of a Consolidated Edison power plant before it went off. Inside a box with the bomb […]

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