Tag: Featured

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • BASE Jumping: Life Over the Edge

    On this date in 1981, Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachuted off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first BASE jumpers. Here are some things you may not have known about BASE jumping. BASE is an acronym. The letters stand for buildings, antennas, spans and earth, from which the jumpers must parachute or fly off of […]

  • How Did Jazz Get to Carnegie Hall? Practice

    On this date in 1938, Benny Goodman and his band played the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Here are some things you may not have known about the concert, the landmark recording of it and Carnegie Hall in general. Until 1938, Carnegie Hall had been been a venue exclusively for classical […]

  • Betty White: America’s Favorite Nonagenarian

    Today is the 95th birthday of television personality Betty White. Here are some things you may not have known about her. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1922. Betty is her given name, and not a shortened form of Elizabeth. During the Great Depression, her family moved to California, where her father built […]

  • Eiffel Tower: Surpassing Expectations

    On this date in 1908, the first long-distance radio signal was sent from the Eiffel Tower. Here are some things you may not have known about the Paris landmark. It was constructed as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair and was designed and built by the company owned by Gustave Eiffel. The tower cost […]

  • Grand Canyon: America’s Greatest Natural Wonder

    On this date in 1908, the Grand Canyon was designated a national monument. Here are some things you may not have known about the natural wonder. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, its width varies from four to 18 miles across and it is more than 6,000 feet deep at some points. The canyon […]

  • David Bowie: Gone for a Year

    One year ago today, rock icon David Bowie died at the age of 69. Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, South London on January 8, 1947. His mother worked as a waitress and his father worked for a charity. At the age of nine, Bowie’s father brought home a collection of American records, including […]

  • iPhone: 10 Years of Leading the Way

    On this date in 2007, Apple announced the iPhone. Here are some things you may not have known about the smartphone. The iPhone wasn’t Apple’s first foray into the portable communications market. The company introduced the Newton MessagePad in 1993. The Newton was a personal digital assistant, which was an electronic calendar, contact list and […]

  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan

    On this date in 1994, American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a man hired by the husband of her main competitor, Tonya Harding. Here are some things you may not have known about the skaters and the attack. Nancy Kerrigan was born in 1969 in a suburb of Boston. She began skating at […]