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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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That November Day the October Revolution Ignited Russia

100 years ago, on November 7, 1917, the Bolsheviks rose up against the Russian leadership to depose the failing, interim government. The former Russian…

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Why Mexico Celebrates Day of the Dead Instead of Halloween

As the western world gears up every year for trick or treaters, one country blends a traditional custom with Catholic influences. While Halloween, more…

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Dumbo Was the Surprise Hit America Needed in 1941 and Still Wants Today

It’s been only a few months since Tim Burton announced that Disney greenlit his live-action production of Dumbo. In case you’ve been in a…

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The Day the U.S. Flag Went Up in Puerto Rico

One hundred and nineteen years ago, October 18, 1898, the last Spanish troops in Puerto Rico boarded ships for home. It was the first…

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The Problems With the Super Deadly 1737 Calcutta Earthquake

By accounts of 18th century sailors, in 1737, a massive earthquake in Calcutta not only leveled the city on October 11, it ended the…

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The Man Who Started the First Official Santa Claus School in New York

A man named Charles W. Howard was so good at being Santa back in the 1930s, he started a Santa school. The first day…

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John Philip Sousa; The Day the Band Began to Play

When the John Philip Sousa Band stepped onto the stage for the first time, it had been two months since the U.S. Marines honorably…

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The Night His Mistress Saved the Life of Simón Bolivar

When his mistress, Manuela Saenz, learned of the armed men making their way through Simón’s Bolivar’s home, she had only moments to save his…

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