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Retrospectacle: Flagpole Sitting

It was a fad that became all the rage in 1924: flagpole sitting. It reached new heights when, ... more

John Glenn & The Mercury 7

John Glenn was part of the Mercury 7, NASA’s first group of seven astronauts. He was tasked ... more

Retrospectacle: Tailfins

It was during the time when cars were worshipped and driving was a popular leisure activity. ... more

Wiffle Ball Story

It’s one of America’s quintessential recreational sports: Wiffle Ball. The hollow plastic ... more

DiMaggio Joins the War Effort

When the U.S. entered World War II nearly every American joined the war effort, including celebrities. ... more

Retrospectacle: Ty Warner's Beanie Baby Fad

The '90s brought us a plush little toy that promised “riches” to its collectors. Beanie Babies ... more

First Open-Heart Surgery

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was one of the few African-American surgeons of the early 1890s. He ... more

Hippies Change a Generation

The 1960s brought us the hippies—a younger generation who rebelled against their parents, community ... more

U.S.S. Maine

The battleship U.S.S. Maine’s mission from Washington was a friendly one: travel to Cuba to ... more

Electric Guitar Patented

The first patent for the electric guitar was awarded August 10, 1937. Since the 1800s, musicians ... more

Billboard Music Chart Begins

The first Billboard Chart was published July 27, 1940. It was called the National List of Best ... more

1950s Payola Scandal

It was an era when radio DJ’s could make or break an artist. They had complete control over ... more

Lady Be Good Bomber

The Lady Be Good was a World War ll plane that disappeared while on a Naples bombing mission ... more

Kennedy Family 1962 Vacation

Take a look behind the scenes at Lewis Bay in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, as the Kennedys spend ... more

Tupperware Retrospectale

With some ingenuity and a power-house marketer, a plastic that was originally made for the military ... more

General Tom Thumb's Wedding

Charles Sherwood Stratton, whose stage name was General Tom Thumb, was one of the biggest and ... more

S.S. Normandie

The S.S. Normandie was a $60-million-dollar luxury ocean liner. She was considered to be one ... more

War Time (Daylight Saving Time)

It was one of many attempts the U.S. took at changing the clock. But, finally Congress voted ... more
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