Campaign Memorabilia: Buttons, Bumper Stickers and More

Campaign memorabilia in the United States dates back to the beginning of American democracy. The first campaign buttons were actual buttons sewed on to clothing. Buttons were given out for George Washington’s first inauguration in 1789. In 1828, Andrew Jackson became the first presidential candidate to aggressively use memorabilia as part of his campaign. Jackson, who had been defeated in […]

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Klondike Gold Rush: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

  On this date in 1896, gold was discovered in a tributary of the Klondike River in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Here are some things you may not have known about the Klondike Gold Rush. George Carmack, an American prospector, was looking for gold with his wife, brother-in-law and a nephew near the Klondike River. Another prospector suggested the […]

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Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music

On this date in 1969, the Woodstock festival opened in upstate New York. Here are some things you may not have known about it. It wasn’t held in Woodstock. It was originally planned for Woodstock, but local residents balked at the idea, forcing the organizers to find another location. The city of Wallkill, New York, vetoed the concert on July […]

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Electoral College: The Complicated Way to Pick a President

In 2000, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore won the popular vote, but was not elected president. How does something like that happen, you ask? The answer is the Electoral College. Here are some things you may not know about how the United States picks its president. The entire American federal style of government was created through compromise. Because of this, […]

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Singapore: From Unwanted Island to Economic Power

On this date in 1965, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia, becoming the only country to earn its independence unwillingly. Here are some things you may not have known about the world’s only island city-state. Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world. It’s located just off the southern tip of the Malay peninsula in southeast Asia. Its name […]

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Airships: From Blimps to Zeppelins

On this date in 1929, the Graf Zeppelin began its round-the-world flight. Here are some things you may not have known about Zeppelins, blimps and other types of airships. Airships, also known as dirigibles, are aircraft that are lighter than air, or almost lighter than air, and can navigate under their own power. The navigation part is what separates airship […]

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American Bandstand: The Televised Dance Party

On this date in 1957, “American Bandstand” premiered on national television. Here are some things you may not have known about the long-running music show. The show started on a local Philadelphia TV station in 1950. It was called “Bandstand” and was hosted by Bob Horn, a local radio personality. It showed short musical films and had occasional studio guests. […]

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Champagne: Bubbles Weren’t The Plan

August 4, 1693, is the traditional date given for the invention of Champagne by monk Dom Perignon. Here are some things you may not have known about Champagne. First off, Perignon didn’t invent sparkling wine. Sparkling wine was actually considered a flaw at the time. The shortness of the growing season in the Champagne region meant that the fermentation of […]

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