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Superman Was Once a Puny Daily Comic Strip

On January 16, 1939, the year after the first comic books featured The Man of Steel, Superman appeared to everyday Earthlings in newspaper daily comic…

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Remember That Time When Snow Pounded Los Angeles in 1949?

Although it had snowed before in sunny Los Angeles, the first recorded snowfall worth talking about was January 11, 1949. That one dropped enough…

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How A 27 Year Old Once Turned CBS Into a National Broadcaster

  When William Samuel Paley’s family purchased a small, arguably insignificant radio network in 1927, Paley had designs on leveraging the acquisition for promoting…

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The Very First Televised Howdy Doody Show Didn’t Have Doody

When the cameras turned on to air the first televised version of Bob Smith’s new show, it was December 27, 1947. It was to…

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How the BBC Finally Reached the Ears of the British Empire

It was December 19, 1932, when the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) first broadcast an international transmission. They called their new service Empire Service for…

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The Theft That Made Mona Lisa Super-Famous

When the Italian government made their official announcement that they’d recovered the Mona Lisa—missing for two years—it was December 13, 1913. The French authorities,…

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How the Childhood of Walt Disney Shaped the Whole Disney Brand

Most fans know Walt Disney for the man he became, for the result of his life’s work. Few know about the impressionable, artistic boy…

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The Tragic Romance of Lucy and Desi

One of Hollywood’s most famous romances remains that of Lucille Ball and Design Arnaz. The pair wed on November 30, 1940. Lucy, 28 at…

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Santa Claus Came to Town For the First Time Thanksgiving 1932

Written in 1932, it was Thanksgiving Day in 1934, the 22 of November, when the world first heard “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”…

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That Time Humans Discovered Antarctica

At the southern edge of Earth, on November 17, 1820, Nathaniel B. Palmer “discovered” Antarctica from the European version of history, but he may…

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