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Jesse Owens Strikes Gold!

He was known as the world’s fastest man, breaking records and racial barriers. Jesse Owens ... more

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 ... more

Retrospectacle: The Slinky

The slinky “walked” down its first flight of stairs on August 2, 1943, and has been entertaining ... more

The Flying Fortress

The Flying Fortress: 25 tons of metal that ripped through the skies defending Allied powers during ... more

1919 Chicago Race Riots

Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandberg likened the 1919 riot in Chicago to “the jungle.” It ... more

McDonald’s Legacy

Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. ... more

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 ... more

Dylan Goes Electric

At the ripe age of 24, Bob Dylan was already considered to be the voice of his generation. His ... more

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 ... more

Ratification of NATO

"There is not much strength in the finger of one hand but when five fingers are balled into a ... more

First Western Showdown

Scores used to be settled with showdowns at dusk and no train was safe from the notorious Jesse ... more

Wimbledon: The Tennis World’s Premier Event

A sporting event that brings out the likes of celebrities and royalty, Wimbledon is like no other ... more

Retrospectacle: The Smiley Face

The smiley face is everywhere, but where did it come from? Learn about the origin of this ubiquitous ... more

Retrospectacle: Silly Putty

It bounces and it breaks. It stretches even when you think it can’t stretch any more! It’s ... more

Origin of the Zip Code

ZIP codes have become so commonplace in today’s world you’d think they were always around. ... more

“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. ... more

Transistor Radio: The Beginning of the Mobile Revolution

The invention of the transistor radio forever changed the electronics industry. On June 30, 1948, ... more

Shelby GT350 Mustang

The Shelby GT350 Mustang made its debut on January 27, 1965. Ford’s Shelby Mustang was both ... more
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