Pong: The First Video Game Sensation

On this date in 1972, Atari released “Pong,” the first commercially successful video game. Here are some things you may not have known about it. It wasn’t the first home video game, or the first arcade game, for that matter. The first home video game console was the Magnavox Odyssey, which was released in September 1972. The first coin-operated arcade […]

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Joe DiMaggio: The Story of the Yankee Clipper

Today is the birthday of baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Here are a few things you may not have known about the Yankee Clipper. DiMaggio was born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio in Martinez, California, in 1914. He was the eighth of nine children. His father was a fisherman, who moved from Sicily in 1898, followed shortly by his wife and […]

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DB Cooper: America’s Most Notorious Skyjacker

Welcome to the Trivia Minute, your daily dose of history, facts and tidbits from TriviaPeople.com … I’m Marcus Michelson. On this date in 1971, a man using the alias Dan Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient Airlines flight between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Here are some things you may not have known about DB Cooper. The day before Thanksgiving 1971, […]

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Marx Brothers: The First Family of Comedy

Today is the birthday of Harpo Marx, the second-oldest of the Marx Brothers comedy troupe. Here are some things you may not have known about Harpo and his brothers. Adolph Marx was born in New York, and grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He was the third son of Sam and Minnie Marx, their first child, Manfred, […]

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Blackbeard: The Prototypical Pirate

On this date in 1718, the pirate known as Blackbeard was killed in a battle with the British Navy. Here are some things you may not have known about the man regarded as the prototypical pirate. Not much is known about Blackbeard’s early life, including his actual name. He was known as Edward Teach or Edward Thatch, but it’s unlikely […]

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Brief History of Audio Recording

On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph. Here are some things you may not have known about sound recording. Edison’s phonograph was the first machine to record sound and then play it back. But it wasn’t the first to record sound. The first device known to record sound was called the phonautograph and was […]

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William Tell: Switzerland’s National Hero

According to legend, on this date in 1307, William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head with a crossbow. Here are some things you may not have known about the legend. The first reference to William Tell appeared about 100 years after his supposed death. It describes Tell as a leader of the Swiss Confederate rebellion against Hapsburg Austria. […]

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Skylab: America’s First Space Station

On this date in 1973, the third and final crew of the U.S. space station Skylab launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Here are a few things you may not have known about Skylab and other space stations. Skylab was the first American space station. The station itself was launched during an unmanned mission on May 14, 1973. […]

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