History

Most people may be surprised to find out that many of their beloved soft drinks were originally meant to be used as pharmaceuticals or medicinal tonics. Coca Cola started life as a nerve tonic, and was invented by a...

The Tattooed Pioneer Girl

Olive Oatman was only thirteen when her family decided to join a wagon train of fellow Mormons headed for southern California in 1850. She, her parents, and her six siblings set out from their home in Independence, Missouri with...
If you have young children around, you may not want them to read this. They would likely be devastated to hear the news that the grave of the historical Santa Claus, whose real name was St. Nicholas of Myra,...
Sarah Ann Henley was just a regular, 22-year-old, working class girl from Bristol, England in 1885. She was working as a barmaid at the Rising Sun pub near her home, and was engaged to marry a young man who...
James Wide, who worked for the Cape Government Railways in South Africa in the mid-1800s, developed a reputation for fearlessness. He had a habit of jumping from one railway car to the next while he was on the job,...
In the mid 1860s, married couple John and Maren Hontvet emigrated from Norway to Boston, hoping to find a better life. Being from sparsely populated Norway, they found city life in Boston to be too chaotic, so they saved...
It was difficult for African Americans to get into medical school in the 1930s, especially in the southern United States, but that is exactly what Vivien Thomas wanted to do. He had received a good education at his high...
In 1868, a wealthy St. Louis beer brewer by the name of William Lemp purchased his father-in-law’s mansion and renovated it to suit his tastes before moving in with his wife, Julia. This was a huge step for the...
Many presidents have been the victims of assassination attempts, both successful and unsuccessful. The would-be assassins have ranged from disappointed job seekers to the truly mentally ill. Perhaps the most interesting aspiring president-killer was the man who perpetrated the...
Few historical celebrities excite the modern imagination as much as Henry VIII. This most famous of English kings is probably best known for his marital escapades. Remember, he is the guy who regularly divorced and beheaded wives in his...
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