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Jesse Owens Strikes Gold!
He was known as the world’s fastest man, breaking records and racial barriers. Jesse Owens
Wild Bill Hickok Shot
Many think he was just a legend of the Wild West, but Wild Bill Hickok was a very real man with
Retrospectacle: The Slinky
The slinky “walked” down its first flight of stairs on August 2, 1943, and has been entertaining
The Flying Fortress
The Flying Fortress: 25 tons of metal that ripped through the skies defending Allied powers during
1919 Chicago Race Riots
Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandberg likened the 1919 riot in Chicago to “the jungle.” It
Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
The Rise and Fall of Critters in Advertising
You can’t separate Snap Crackle or Pop from Rice Krispies any more than you can the Keebler
Dylan Goes Electric
At the ripe age of 24, Bob Dylan was already considered to be the voice of his generation. His
Wiley Post’s Record-Breaking Flights Around the World
Wiley Post may not have been the first pilot of his time to fly around the world, but he certainly
Ratification of NATO
"There is not much strength in the finger of one hand but when five fingers are balled into a
First Western Showdown
Scores used to be settled with showdowns at dusk and no train was safe from the notorious Jesse
Wimbledon: The Tennis World’s Premier Event
A sporting event that brings out the likes of celebrities and royalty, Wimbledon is like no other
Retrospectacle: The Smiley Face
The smiley face is everywhere, but where did it come from? Learn about the origin of this ubiquitous
Retrospectacle: Silly Putty
It bounces and it breaks. It stretches even when you think it can’t stretch any more! It’s
Origin of the Zip Code
ZIP codes have become so commonplace in today’s world you’d think they were always around.
“The Jungle” & The Pure Food and Drug Act
For most of the 20th century Chicago was at the heart of the nation’s meatpacking industry.
Transistor Radio: The Beginning of the Mobile Revolution
The invention of the transistor radio forever changed the electronics industry. On June 30, 1948,
Shelby GT350 Mustang
The Shelby GT350 Mustang made its debut on January 27, 1965. Ford’s Shelby Mustang was both