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The Day a Bookkeeper Attempted to Kill President Ford (17 Days After Another Attempt by Another Woman)

When Sara Jane Moore raised her .38-caliber handgun to fire off a single bullet at the president, it was September 22, 1975. Prior to…

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The Ludicrous Trial, Conviction, and Pardon of Jim Morrison

  When Jim Morrison arrived at the Dinner Key Auditorium on March 1, 1969, he was drunk. Five days later, authorities would arrest Morrison…

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The Splendid Birth of the New York Times

  Had journalist and politician, Henry Jarvis Raymond, known that a future president might one day accuse his paper of printing fake news, he…

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The Straight Dope on the Star Spangled Banner

When Francis Scott Key scribbled the lyrics for America’s Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, it was from the deck of an American sloop in…

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For 2 years, New York City Was the Capital of the U.S.

Sandwiched in the space of time before Washington D.C. became the capital, and the time when Philadelphia served that function, New York effing City…

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The September 11 Tragedy You May Never Know

Coshocton, Ohio (1950)–Most of the National Guardsmen were asleep when the Spirit of St. Louis rammed the back of their “troop train.” It was…

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The Historic Facts Most Americans Don’t Know About the Pledge of Allegiance

When the Bostonian magazine, Youth’s Companion, a rag aimed at families, released their September issue, it featured the first version of the Pledge of…

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Americans Can Thank Canada for the Icon of Uncle Sam

The birthday of the Uncle Sam meme is September 7, 1813, 205 years ago. It was the second calendar year of the War of…

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The Day Leon Czolgosz Robbed The U.S. of President McKinley

On September 6, 1901, President William McKinley joined Abraham Lincoln, and James A. Garfield on the short list of U.S. presidents who’d suffered an…

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The Arrival of the First Liberty Bell in Philly Was Only the Beginning

When the first Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia on September 1, 1752, nobody could have imagined what would happen next, nor what would happen…

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