Eurovision Song Contest: A Musical Spectacle

On this date in 1974, ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with their song “Waterloo.” Here are some things you might not known about the contest. In the years following World War II, European broadcasting leaders were searching for a unifying entertainment icon that would bring the continent together. In 1955, the idea of an international song contest was brought […]

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Easter Island: More Than Just Stone Statues

On this date in 1722, a Dutch explorer became the first European to land on Easter Island. Here are some things you may not have known about Easter Island. It is located at the southeastern corner of the Polynesian Triangle, about 2,000 miles west of South America. It’s a special territory of Chile. It’s best known for the large carved […]

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World Trade Center: Before 9/11

On this date in 1973, the World Trade Center in New York was dedicated. Here are some things you may not have known about the building, besides its destruction on Sept. 11, 2001. The site of the World Trade Center was originally under the Hudson River. The river was filled in the area starting in 1797. It later became home […]

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Archive: First Handheld Mobile Phone Call

(Originally published April 3, 2015) On April 3, 1973, the first handheld mobile phone call was made. Here are some things you might not know about early cellular phones: First, Martin Cooper of Motorola made that first call to his counterpart at AT&T and said, “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cell phone; a real handheld cell […]

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Archive: Falklands Islands War

(Originally published April 2, 2015) Today is the 33rd anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory also claimed by Argentina. The invasion sparked the Falklands War. Here are three things you may not have known about the Falklands War: One: 904 troops were killed and 2,432 were wounded during the 74-day conflict. Two: The […]

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Gadsden Lapse: Watch Out for the Details

On this date in 1953, parts of southern Arizona and New Mexico reverted back to Mexican control for 24 hours as a result of overlooked fine-print in the Gadsden Purchase, 100 years earlier. Here are a few things you may not have known about the Gadsden Lapse. The Gadsden Purchase was made in 1853 with the intention of securing a […]

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