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The four young Coast Guardsmen barely spoke. It was February 18, 1952, and they were driving from the Chatham Lifeboat Station to the fish pier across town. Ervin Maske, Andy Fitzgerald, Richard Livesey...
For more than three decades, the RMS Queen Mary sailed the North Atlantic. During World War II, the ship worked to defeat Hitler; during times of peace, the Queen Mary was the vessel of choice for the...
In the late 19th century, George W. Vanderbilt II opened a mansion on the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina. Called Biltmore, it was the largest home to ever be built in America, and a wonder of Gilded...
Recently, harrowing and somber images have been circulating the internet and major news outlets. In these pictures, a bulldozer is digging large trenches, while men in protective suits stack coffin upon coffin within them. These men are...
For nearly 75 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been at the forefront of protecting the United States—and the world—from threats to public health such as infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and...
How Tragedy Hit the Department Store and Downtown Landmark The Wolf and Dessauer Department Store opened its doors to the people of Fort Wayne in 1896—the same year Henry Ford ran his...
In the 1950s and 1960s, Civil Rights became a focal point for Greensboro, North Carolina -- especially during the now iconic Greensboro sit-ins. The Greensboro Four. On February 1, 1960, four A&T...
Beginning in the 1400s, all of Western Europe was keen on colonizing North America. France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Portugal sought to claim the land and resources of the New World for themselves; and all did so,...
Tragedy in the Rio Grande Valley Tragedy struck in Alton, Texas, on September 21, 1989 when twenty-one students, on their way to school, died when a delivery truck collided with their school bus,...
Some people develop an interest in genealogy--tracing the history of their family tree-- for very specific reasons. Others hop right in almost on a whim without giving it a lot of previous thought. Whatever the case may...

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