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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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That Time a Presidential Advisor Was in Cahoots With the Communists

When confessed ex-communist, Whittaker Chambers testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) on August 3, 1948, he dropped a bomb. He ousted Alger…

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Mutiny on a German Vessel; the SMS Prinzregent Luitpold

When some 400 sailors from the German vessel, the Prinzregent Luitpold mutinied against the war, it was the worst thing for the Germans. It…

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Before Hoffa There Was Frank Little

When the small gang of thugs strung Frank Little by his throat on August 1, 1917, it wasn’t because he was half Native American, nor…

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Everything You Never Knew About 1980s PSAs

In the 1980s, we watched what the networks said we should watch. It was perfect for subjecting the people to the best-slash-worst public service…

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The Silent Civil Rights March of Thousands in New York in 1917

It was 100 years ago, July 28, 1917, when around 10,000 black Americans marched through New York City without speaking a word. History records…

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When the Charlotte Mint Opened and Burned Down on the Same Day

  It was a summer day, July 27, 1837, when the Charlotte Mint first opened for business. It was also a July 27, seven…

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