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5 minutes | Dec 31, 2019
On Christmas Eve in 1968, the Apollo 8 astronauts captured an image that symbolizes hope and inspired environmentalism.
6 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
Hair peace. Bed peace.
On March 25, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were a few days into their marriage when they invited the press to join them at their honeymoon suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.
7 minutes | Dec 27, 2019
The jazz queen who chose home over fame
Jazz singer Ethel Ennis’s voice wowed audiences and won praise from critics. But when she was faced with the opportunity to become a superstar, Ennis chose a different path.
7 minutes | Dec 26, 2019
Clara Barton, America's most famous nurse, broke boundaries to treat Civil War victims
The nurse who founded the American Red Cross had no formal training in medicine. She tended to countless wounded soldiers.
6 minutes | Dec 25, 2019
The military's famous Santa Tracker began with a wrong number
In the 1950s, a child trying to call Santa Claus accidentally called NORAD and changed Christmas Eve forever.
6 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
The 'Toy King' who never aspired to the throne.
Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus had no idea how big the toy industry would become.
7 minutes | Dec 20, 2019
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After the Civil War, formerly enslaved people placed notices in black-owned newspapers across the country to find their loved ones.
7 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
How 'Broadway Joe' redefined the NFL
A few days before his team took the field as huge underdogs in Super Bowl III, New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath made what was seen as an insane prediction at the time: "The Jets will win Sunday," he said. "I guarantee it."
7 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
The game show contestant who cheated his way to fame
In the 1950s, Charles Van Doren, a quiet professor in New York City, became wrapped up in one of the biggest television quiz show scandals in history.
6 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
How food found its way into the freezer
While on a research trip to the Arctic in the early 20th century, scientist Clarence Birdseye — a name you might recognize from the frozen food aisle — made an observation that would go on to change the way we eat.
7 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
The day before the Chernobyl disaster
Disasters don’t just happen. Like anything in life, there’s usually a buildup. In the case of the Chernobyl disaster, the series of failures stretched back more than a decade. But what happened the day before the explosion?
6 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
The most difficult job Robert Mueller ever had
Serving as special counsel is probably only the third hardest job Robert Mueller has held. His life in public service started when he just 23 years old, as a Marine lieutenant in the Vietnam War.
7 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
Growing up in Somalia, a country where stories are handed down through generations, one of the first tales that children are told is about an ancient queen who fought to give women power by castrating men.
4 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
The nurse who picked up a rifle
During World War I, British nurse Flora Sandes put down her nurses bag to fight with the Serbian Army.
6 minutes | Dec 10, 2019
George Taliaferro, the first black player drafted to the NFL
He thought being drafted into the National Football League was so unlikely that he signed with an African American league team. Then, the NFL called.
5 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
The summer men rebelled against their shirts
It doesn't seem like a big deal today, but 1930s America lived in fear of the male nipple.
5 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
America’s forgotten Iranian hostage
Nine months before the Iran hostage crisis, Kenneth Kraus was held hostage in Iran for eight days.
5 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
A bridge of ice at Niagara Falls
Once upon a time, people walked between the U.S. and Canada over a frozen Niagara Falls. But one day, that all changed forever.
5 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
The Soviet officer who stopped World War III
In 1983, Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Union’s Air Defense Forces, trusted his gut and averted a global nuclear catastrophe.
7 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
Why isn’t lynching illegal?
It is one of the worst expressions of racism in American history. And there’s no federal law to prevent it.
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