Monday , December 6 2021


7 Momentous College Football Coaching Hires

Some college football coaching hires have shifted the balance of power in the sport. Others have made major headlines and captured the public’s attention but ultimately fizzled. Here are seven hires that shaped the game: 1. 1951: Woody Hayes leaves Miami (Ohio) for Ohio State When Wesley Fesler resigned as …

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How the Industrial Revolution Fueled the Start of World Fairs

World’s Fairs conjure up images of the technicolor mid-century vision of the future from New York 1964, the Ferris wheel and Midway (and H.H. Holmes) from Chicago 1893, and the Eiffel Tower, which was constructed for the 1889 World Exhibition in Paris. There’s also the idea that these global gatherings were held …

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8 Remarkable Female Figure Skaters at Winter Olympics

Women’s singles figure skating was first held at the 1908 and 1920 Summer Games, four years before the inaugural Winter Games in 1924. The sport is considered the most glamorous and popular at the Games, which have served as a launching pad for post-Olympics careers for medalists. Here are eight remarkable women’s …

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Antarctica made a military-free continent

Twelve nations, including the United States and the Soviet Union, sign the Antarctica Treaty, which bans military activity and weapons testing on that continent. It was the first arms control agreement signed in the Cold War period. Since the 1800s a number of nations, including Great Britain, Australia, Chile and …

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Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat

In Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, a violation of the city’s racial segregation laws. The successful Montgomery Bus Boycott, organized by a young Baptist minister named Martin Luther King, Jr., followed …

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William Randolph Hearst – Biography, Facts & Career

William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) launched his career by taking charge of his father’s struggling newspaper the San Francisco Examiner in 1887. By the 1930s, he had built the nation’s largest media empire, including more than two dozen newspapers in major cities nationwide, magazines, wire and photo services, newsreels, radio stations …

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The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting

The Grand Ole Opry, one of the longest-lived and most popular showcases for western music, begins broadcasting live from Nashville, Tennessee on November 28, 1925. The showcase was originally named the Barn Dance, after a Chicago radio program called the National Barn Dance that had begun broadcasting the previous year. Impressed …

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Books of the Year 2021

This article contains affiliate links to we may earn a commission on these, or you can choose to support your local bookshop. ‘Previously invisible threads of causality and consequence’ Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago and author of The Aeneid–Vergil: a …

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JFK Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Three days after his assassination in Dallas, Texas, John F. Kennedy is laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was shot to death while riding in an open-car motorcade with his wife and Texas Governor John …

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Why Did the Beatles Break Up?

The four Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—changed music forever in a relatively brief timespan, bursting onto the scene in 1963 with “Please Please Me” and recording their last albums, “Let It Be” and “Abbey Road,” in 1969. The foursome came together as teenagers and became superstars …

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The Birdman of Alcatraz is allowed a small taste of freedom

Robert Stroud, the famous “Birdman of Alcatraz,” is released from solitary confinement for the first time since 1916. Stroud gained widespread fame and attention when author Thomas Gaddis wrote a biography that trumpeted Stroud’s ornithological expertise. Stroud was first sent to prison in 1909 after he killed a bartender in …

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The NFL’s First Playoff Game Was Played Indoors in a Hockey Arena

On December 18, 1932, with waist-deep snow and frigid weather plaguing Chicago, the Bears moved their NFL championship game against the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans from Wrigley Field to the indoor facility of the city’s NHL team. The league’s  first playoff game—and first contest played indoors—produced what an Ohio newspaper called a …

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John Hanson, so-called first president, dies

On November 22, 1783, John Hanson, the first president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation, dies in his home state of Maryland. Hanson is sometimes called the first president of the United States, but this is a misnomer, since the presidency did not exist as an executive …

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