Extreme Weather: 5 Things You Need to Know

On this date in 1923, the town of Marble Bar, Australia, began a record-setting streak of 160 days with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Here are some things you may not have known about temperature extremes around the world. Marble Bar, which is located in northwestern Australia, has an average maximum temperature above normal human body temperature […]

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Tickertape Parades: A Salute to Heroes

On this date in in 1886 the first tickertape parade was held in New York City. Here are some things you may not of known about tickertape parades. The first parade was an impromptu celebration following the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. They’re called tickertape parades because originally most of the paper thrown was used paper tape from stock […]

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Bugs in the Embassy: A Diplomatic Incident

On this date in 1985, construction on the new American Embassy in Moscow was suspended after listening devices were discovered. Here are some things you may not have known about the diplomatic incident. Construction on the new American Embassy began in 1979, using Soviet workers. In 1985 the Americans discovered that the columns holding the building up contained many listening […]

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Pony Express: A Legendary 19-Month Failure

On this date in 1861, the Pony Express ceased operations after a 19-month run. Here are some things you may not of known about the old west mail service. After the discovery of gold in 1849 and the admission of California as a state in 1850, a faster way to deliver transcontinental mail was needed. At the time, mail could […]

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Kamikaze: Five Things You Didn’t Know

On this date in 1944, the first Kamikaze attack of World War II took place. Here are some things you may not have known about the suicide missions. By the time 1944 rolled around, Japan had suffered several critical defeats, leaving it with old aircraft and inexperienced pilots. An example of this was the loss of more than 400 carrier-based […]

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Battle of Yorktown: The End of the Revolutionary War

On this date in 1781, British Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington, effectively ending the American Revolutionary War. Here are six things you may not have known about the Battle of Yorktown. The battle was known as “The German Battle” in Germany. About one-third of the 27,000 troops involved in the battle were either German or German-Americans. The […]

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Eva Peron: A Long Journey in Death

On this date in 1945 Juan Peron, the future president of Argentina, married Eva Peron. Here are eight things you may not have known about the woman known as “Evita.” She was the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy rancher. Her father abandoned her when she was a year old. She would later alter her birth records to indicate that her […]

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