Dr. Strangelove: A Nuclear War Comedy

Today is the 52nd anniversary of the release of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb.” Here are a few things you may not have known about the film. It was loosely based on the novel “Red Alert” by Peter George. The film is about an insane U.S. Air Force general named […]

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Challenger Disaster: Seven Astronauts Lost on Launch

Thirty years ago today, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff, killing the seven crewmembers aboard. Here are some things you may not have known about the disaster. The mission was originally scheduled to launch on January 22, but was delayed by the previous space shuttle mission which landed on January 18. Weather delays at landing sites and at […]

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Apollo 1: The Space Race Reality Check

On this date in 1967, three American astronauts died in a training accident on the launch pad in Florida. Here are some things you may not have known about Apollo 1. Following the successes of the Mercury and Gemini programs, the next step in landing a man on the moon was the three-man Apollo program. The astronauts chosen as the […]

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Winter Olympics: A Sports Tradition Since 1924

Please consider supporting the show through Patreon.com On this date in 1924, the first Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix, France. Here are some things you may not have known about the Winter Olympics. The first Winter Olympics weren’t originally considered Olympics at all. Bowing to pressure from winter sports federations, the International Olympic Committee decided to hold what they called an “International Winter […]

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Macintosh “1984” Ad: A Smashing Success

On this date in 1984 the Apple Macintosh computer was introduced with a commercial during the Super Bowl. Here are a few things you may not have known about Apple, the Macintosh and the iconic advertisement. Apple was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Let’s talk about Ronald Wayne for a minute Because of the […]

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DeLorean: A Man, a Car, a Deal Gone Wrong

On this date in 1981, the first DeLorean DMC-12 rolled off the production line. Here are some things you may not have known about the car made famous as the time machine in “Back the the Future.” Company founder John DeLorean was well known for his work at General Motors. He designed the Pontiac GTO, Firebird and Grand Prix, and […]

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Hawaii and the U.S.: An Arranged Marriage

On this date in 1887, the United States Congress voted to allow the U.S. Navy to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii for a naval base. Here are some things you may not have known about the history of the relationship between Hawaii and the United States. On January 18, 1788, Captain James Cook of Great Britain became the first recorded […]

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Janis Joplin: A Powerful Voice Gone Too Soon

Today would have been the 73rd birthday of singer-songwriter Janis Joplin. Here are some things you may not have known about her. She was born in Port Arthur, Texas. Her mother worked at a business college and her father was an engineer for Texaco. As a teenager, she sang in a local choir and began listening to blues records. She […]

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Origins

  Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Here are some things you may not have known about the holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. The idea of a holiday honoring King began shortly after he was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. In the early days, the holiday was negotiated by unions […]

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