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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213: Grace Kelly, Princess Grace of Monaco

Today would have been the 86th birthday of actress Grace Kelly, later Princess Grace of Monaco. Here are some things you may not have known about Kelly and the Principality of Monaco. Grace Kelly was born to a wealthy family in Philadelphia. Her father won three Olympic gold medals in rowing and was a Philadelphia city councilman. Her mother was […]

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212: Get Your Kicks on Route 66

On this date in 1926, the United States Numbered Highway System was established. Here are some things you may not know about highways in the United States, including the legendary Route 66. The U.S. Highway system was the main network of roads across the country before the Interstate Highway System. The numbering system is fairly simple. Odd numbered highways run […]

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Today is the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Great Lakes freighter the Edmund Fitzgerald, which was immortalized in song by Gordon Lightfoot. Here are some things you may not have known about the ship, its sinking and the song. When it was launched, the Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest ship on the Great Lakes. It was built to […]

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210: Travel Like a President

On this date in 1906, Theodore Roosevelt became the first American president to travel outside the United States while in office. Here are some facts you may not have known about presidential travel. Roosevelt visited Panama to inspect the construction of the Panama Canal. Of the 17 days spent out of the country, 14 of them were in transit to […]

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209: First College Football Game is Played

On this date in 1869, the first college football game was played between what is now Princeton and Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Here are some things you may not have known about the early history of football. In addition to being considered the first American football game, some see it as the first college soccer game because of […]

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208: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

Today marks the 410th anniversary of the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, an assassination attempt against King James I of England. Here are a few things you may not have known about what has come to be celebrated as Guy Fawkes Night. A group of English Catholics planned to blow up the House of Lords while the King was participating […]

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