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  • The Man Who Gave Us Memorial DayYou've probably never heard of John A. Logan, but he was well known in his day. He's mentioned in the Illinois state song along with Lincoln and Grant, and he's one of only 32 people ever to have lain in state in the U.S. Capitol. A successful genera...
  • The Ballad of Casey Jones
    on May 14, 2010 in railroads Casey Jones
    One hundred and ten years ago this month, railroad engineer and hero Casey Jones was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery his hometown of Jackson, Tennessee. Several days before, he had headed out from the Poplar Street Station in Memphis on a run down t...
  • Photographic Memories
    on May 14, 2010 in photography Thomas Edison baseball
    That sinister-looking image on the left is actually the earliest known photographic negative. It was taken in 1835 at England's Lacock Abbey, and you can stand and look at that same window today. Or you can click here to see what may be the earliest...
  • MLK's Last Days
    on Apr 30, 2009 in Martin Luther King Jr.
    On April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (top left), renowned civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I have been to the mountain top" speech, in which he seemed to prophesy his own death. The next day,...
  • MLK's Last Days
    on Apr 30, 2009 in Martin Luther King Jr.
    On April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (top left), renowned civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I have been to the mountain top" speech, in which he seemed to prophesy his own death. The next day,...
  • Shakespeare Was An April Baby
    on Apr 27, 2009 in William Shakespeare
    On April 26, 1564, the newborn William Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity Church (left) in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. On April 25, 1616, the literary legend was buried in the chancel of the same church, which is...
  • Shakespeare Was An April Baby
    on Apr 27, 2009 in William Shakespeare
    On April 26, 1564, the newborn William Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity Church (left) in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. On April 25, 1616, the literary legend was buried in the chancel of the same church, which is...
  • Orlando's Oddities
    on Apr 16, 2009 in Orlando Florida
    Orlando, Florida is home to two spots of interest for fans of the unusual. Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium features an array of wacky displays, such as a petrified man, the world's smallest and tallest men, a shrunken head, and a Rolls Royce ma...
  • The Origin of Captain Fantastic
    on Apr 16, 2009 in Elton John
    That impish leprechaun on the left is music legend Elton John, who celebrates his 62nd birthday on Wednesday, March 25. The self-styled "Captain Fantastic" was born Reginald Dwight in his grandparents' home at 55 Pinner Hill Road in Pinner, a suburb...
  • The Serious Side of St. Patrick's Day
    on Apr 16, 2009 in St. Patrick's Day
    In America, St. Patrick's Day is all about parades and green beer, but in Ireland it is still viewed primarily as a religious holiday. March 17, AD 461 is believed to be the date St. Patrick drew his last breath. The site of his death is believed to...
  • The Origin of Captain Fantastic
    on Apr 16, 2009 in Elton John
    That impish leprechaun on the left is music legend Elton John, who celebrates his 62nd birthday on Wednesday, March 25. The self-styled "Captain Fantastic" was born Reginald Dwight in his grandparents' home at 55 Pinner Hill Road in Pinner, a suburb...
  • So Long, Solange!
    on Apr 15, 2009 in Beyonce Solange Knowles
    Singer Solange Knowles, younger sister of superstar Beyoncé Knowles, has officially been dropped by Geffen/Interscope Records, leaving father/manager Matthew Knowles unable to duplicate his success with Beyoncé. Who's to blame for this music caree...
  • The Serious Side of St. Patrick's Day
    on Mar 30, 2009 in St. Patrick's Day
    St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in America with green beer-fueled madness, but the history behind the holiday has a serious side. March 17, A. D. 461 is believed to be the date St. Patrick drew his last breath. The site of his death is believed to be...
  • The "Mad Hatter" of Rock and Roll
    on Mar 26, 2009 in Elton John
    That impish leprechaun on the left is music legend Elton John, who celebrates his 62nd birthday on Wednesday, March 25. The "Mad Hatter" of Rock and Roll was born Reginald Dwight in his grandparents' home at 55 Pinner Hill Road in Pinner, a suburb of...
  • Orlando's Oddities
    on Mar 20, 2009 in Orlando Florida
    Orlando, Florida is home to two spots of interest for fans of all things out of the ordinary. Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium features an array of wacky displays, such as a petrified man, the world's smallest and tallest men, a shrunken head, a...
  • Magical "Harry Potter" Spots
    on Feb 25, 2009 in Harry Potter
    Several spots in England are now known for their role in the Harry Potter films. The address of Harry's cruel aunt and uncle is given in the movie as 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey, but the exterior scenes were actually filmed at 12 Picket P...
  • Magical "Harry Potter" Spots
    on Feb 25, 2009 in Harry Potter
    Several spots in England are now known for their role in the Harry Potter films. The address of Harry's cruel aunt and uncle is given in the movie as 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey, but the exterior scenes were actually filmed at 12 Picket P
  • "Animal House" Haunts
    on Feb 25, 2009 in Animal House
    2008 marked the 30-year-anniversary of the cult comedy classic Animal House, which starred the late John Belushi. Fenton Hall (bottom) at the University of Oregon in Eugene is the very spot where the movie's hilarious courtroom scene was filmed. Not...
  • "Animal House" Haunts
    on Feb 25, 2009 in Animal House
    2008 marked the 30-year-anniversary of the cult comedy classic Animal House, which starred the late John Belushi. Fenton Hall (bottom) at the University of Oregon in Eugene is the very spot where the movie's hilarious courtroom scene was filmed. Not.
  • "Australia"'s Natural Backdrops
    on Feb 25, 2009 in Australia
    Many of the beautiful, sweeping scenes in the 2008 film Australia, which stars native Aussies Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, were filmed at Drysdale River National Park (left). With no nearby roads or landing strips, this park contains some of the l...
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