Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

On this date in 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris. Here are some things you may not have known about the events of that night. Diana had spent the previous nine days with her companion Dodi Fayed on Fayed’s father’s yacht in the Mediterranean. His Father,  Mohamed Al-Fayed, was the owner of Harrod’s […]

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Goodyear: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

On this date in 1898, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded. Here are some things you may not have known about Goodyear. The company was not founded by Charles Goodyear, who was credited with inventing vulcanized rubber. The company was founded almost four decades after Goodyear died. It was named after him by the company founder Frank Seiberling. […]

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Kindergarten: A Learning Experience

On this date in 1876, the school board of St. Louis, Missouri, authorized the first kindergarten at a public school in the United States. Here are some things you may not have known about kindergarten. You probably solved this one on your own, but kindergarten is German for children’s garden. It was originally intended to allow for students to ease […]

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Eruption of Mount Vesuvius

On this date in the year 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying several towns, most notably Pompeii. Here are some things you may not know about Vesuvius. There is disagreement over the exact date of the eruption. Some archaeologists argue that the evidence buried in Pompeii puts the eruption date as October 24, but traditionally the August date has been used. […]

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Presidential Cars: White House on Wheels

On this date in 1902, Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to ride in an automobile in public. Here are some things you may not know about presidential cars. Roosevelt’s predecessor William McKinley was the first president to ride in a car, but apparently he did so in private. Roosevelt’s excursion took place during a visit to Hartford, Connecticut. […]

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Indianapolis: The World’s First Speedway

On this date in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway played host to its first auto race. Here are some things you may not have known about the Brickyard. The track is located inside Indianapolis, but not in Indianapolis. It’s located in a suburb called Speedway, Indiana, that is completely surrounded by the city of Indianapolis. The track is a 2 […]

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