american-history

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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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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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 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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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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