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Moses’s great boondoggle, continued: the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair [Part II].

Part I of my article on the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair ran last night; the link is here. Just like the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, the sequel in … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Moses’s great boondoggle: the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair [Part I].

Forty-nine years ago today, on April 21, 1965, the New York World’s Fair opened for its second season. (Tomorrow, April 22, is the anniversary of the opening of its first … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Disappeared: Jay Pringle, missing 37 years today.

Thirty-seven years ago today, on April 19, 1977, a young man from Oregon disappeared somewhere in the southwestern U.S. His name was Jay Calvin Pringle and he was 17, and … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 6 Comments

The death of Hu Yaobang: the first chapter of a story that changed the world.

Twenty-five years ago today, on April 15, 1989, a man named Hu Yaobang died in a hospital in Beijing, China following a heart attack he’d suffered several days earlier. You’ve … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The last thing Lincoln ever saw: the play “Our American Cousin.”

One hundred and forty-nine years ago tonight, April 14, 1865, was the most famous “night out” in American history. On that Friday evening Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Go as you are: the 20-year-long death of Kurt Cobain.

Three days ago, April 5, was technically the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, but today, April 8, is the anniversary of the day we all found out about it. … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Historic photo: Longacre Square, New York City, 1880. Do you know what it’s called now?

Look at the above photo, which was taken in New York City in or around the year 1880. I won’t tell you exactly where this is because it will give … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Norway’s Titanic: the “Scandinavian Star” disaster.

Twenty-four years ago today, on April 7, 1990, a fire broke out aboard a passenger ferry called the M/S Scandinavian Star which was then traveling through the Skagerrak, the strait that separates … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

The dissenters: five who voted against American entry into World War I.

Ninety-six years ago today, on April 6, 1917, the U.S. Congress voted to declare war on Germany, bringing the United States into the First World War. Four days earlier President … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Forgotten flight: the lonely voyage of Apollo 6, and the terrible day it happened.

Forty-six years ago today a rocket blasted off from Cape Kennedy in Florida, orbited the Earth three times, and splashed down 10 hours later in the Pacific Ocean north of … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 3 Comments
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