History of Television Soap Operas

On this date in 1949, the first daytime television soap opera was broadcast. Here are some things you may not have known about American soap operas. They’re called soap operas because soap companies were common early sponsors of the shows. The first soap operas appeared on radio. “Painted Dreams” is considered the first, and it premiered on Oct. 20, 1930,  […]

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The Beatles’ Final Concert

On this date in 1969, The Beatles had their last public performance, playing on their record company’s roof in London. Here are some things you may not have known about the concert. The performance was unannounced and caught the lunchtime crowd of office workers on the streets below by surprise. The previous year, The Beatles had started a multimedia corporation […]

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Sumo Wrestling

On this date in 1993, the American-born sumo wrestler Akebono became the first foreigner promoted to the highest rank of yokozuna. Here are some things you may not have known about sumo, and Akebono. Sumo is a wrestling sport where opponents try to force each other to be the first to step out of the ring, or touch the floor […]

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Australia Day

Today is Australia Day. Here are some things you may not have known about Australia’s national holiday. Australia Day marks the 1788 arrival of the British First Fleet near Sydney, about 18 years after the first European set foot there. The fleet was sent to Australia to establish a penal colony on the coast of New South Wales following the […]

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Nellie Bly: Around the World in 72 Days

On this date in 1890, journalist Nellie Bly arrived back in New York after a record-breaking 72-day trip around the world. Here are some things you may not have known about Bly and her journey. Elizabeth Jane Cochran was born in 1864 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of 16, she replied to a misogynistic column in the Pittsburgh Dispatch […]

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Japanese World War II Holdouts

On this date in 1972, Shoichi Yokoi, one of the last Japanese holdouts from World War II was discovered hiding in Guam. Here are some things you may not have known about Japanese holdouts, including Yokoi. Corporal Shoichi Yokoi served in the 38th Regiment and arrived on Guam in February 1943. After the Americans captured Guam in 1944, Yokoi and […]

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Frisbee: The Definitive Flying Disc

On this date in 1957, inventor Fred Morrison sold the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O company. Here are some things you may not have known about the Frisbee. Morrison said the idea came to him while he and his future wife, Lucille, were tossing a cake pan back and forth on a beach in 1938. Another person […]

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Presidential Inaugurations: A Short History

Today is Inauguration Day in the United States. Here are some things you may not have known about The swearing in of presidents. Usually we end of this segment with a trivia question, but today let’s start with one. Besides George Washington, who is the only president to have been sworn in in different months following his election? The answer […]

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Volkswagen Beetle: Our 500th Episode!

On this date in 1978, the last original Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany rolled off the production line in Emden. Here are some things you may not have known about the Beetle. It was designed under specific orders from Adolf Hitler. In 1934, Hitler wanted car designer Ferdinand Porsche to come up with a car the could transport two adults […]

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