american-history

The U.S. Almost Lost President Carter in ’79 to a Mad Rabbit

The story about President Carter fending off a crazed rabbit swimming towards his fishing boat is as fantastic as it sounds. For the record,…

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That Time Extremists Marched on the White House for Solidarity

When women’s voting rights protesters outside the White House clashed with counter-protesters on August 28, 1917, the resulting escalation mandated police intervention. The cops…

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100 Years Since the Bloody 1917 Houston Race Riots and We’re Still Fighting

When two Houston police officers struck Corporal Charles Baltimore in the head on August 23rd, 1917, it was because he asked too many questions…

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The Day 49 Became 50 Glorious States United

The addition of Hawaii as a state on August 21, 1959, finally completed the U.S. flag and gave Americans an expensive but beautiful place…

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How Mount Whitney Almost Became Fisherman’s Peak

When Charles D. Begole, Albert H. Johnson, and John Lucas summited Mount Whitney on August 18, 1873, it was to the chagrin of Clarence…

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Galveston, Texas; A Deadly History of Hurricanes

When August rolls around in Galveston, Texas, townies tend to listen better. They’re paying attention to the weather. On August 17, 1915, a hurricane…

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The Birth of Smokey Bear

Few people know, above McGruff the Crime Dog, Smokey Bear was the longest running, most recognizable figure in a public service announcement (PSA) of…

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Operation Pastorius; That Time Nazis Infiltrated the United States

It was the dog days of summer, August 8, 1942, in Washington, D.C. when six Nazi saboteurs served out the sentences of their military…

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NASA Helped Earth Take Her First Crummy Selfie Way Back in 1959

The day NASA fired up the thrusters of the Thor DM-18 Able III rocket, it was 58 years ago on August 7, 1959. Onboard…

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That Purple Day in August a Prince Blew Up

The soundtrack to the movie “Purple Rain,” hit the shelves in June of 1984. By August 4 the soundtrack hit number one on the Billboard…

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