Who comes to mind when you think of innovators in the movie business? Spielberg? Hitchcock? Chaplin? What about Thomas Edison?  Following breakthroughs with the first phonograph, incandescent light bulbs, and the delivery of electricity itself, Edison made...
Vampires come in many fictional forms, some of them serious, some of them silly. But what form do real vampires come in? Do vampires exist? There is a fascinating and suggestive tale from the history of New...
Texas music comes from all corners of the Lone Star State, from singing cowboys, and in German immigrant dance halls, to Mexican balladeers and laboring field hands. And along the Gulf Coast, Texas music has produced countless...
Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the best-known pieces of American literature. But the story is not just a work of imagination. It is rooted in the landscapes and lore of New York's...
Edgar Allan Poe wrote his great works while living in several homes across several cities, scattered along America's East Coast. While Baltimore's claim is the most famous -- it was there that Poe died in 1849 --...
This I Believe, born in Philadelphia as a folksy collection of stories from Americans in all walks of life, was an instant hit for broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and his radio and newspaper sponsors. Filled with “the...
Joe Exotic isn't the first self-made Tiger-whisperer or Lion Tamer in American history--not by a long shot.The curious man made famous in Netflix's series, Tiger King, may seem like a novelty--he's eccentric, there's no doubt about it--but...
Billy the Kid. What pops into your head? Gunslinger? Bandit? Folk hero? The notorious William Bonney was a cipher. He took on the wild of the frontier, and came to embody all of the adventure, romance, and...
During his presidency, from 1921 to 1923, Warren Harding was generally well-liked by Americans. After his death, charges of cronyism and corruption sent him to the bottom of the list of our nation’s favorite presidents.
Who doesn’t love the Olympics? The thrilling, global sports competition captures the world’s attention every four years, and each Olympiad has it shares of memorable moments for athletes and spectators. The 1960 Winter Olympics, known officially as...

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