Aviation celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003. Many have heard of the great female pilot Amelia Earhart, but few have heard of pioneer aviator Harriet Quimby, who essentially paved the way for Earhart.
A founder of the fledgling Plymouth Colony, William Brewster was known as a man of deeply held convictions.
James W. Marshall was an unlikely herald of prosperity: a carpenter, chronically down on his luck, charged with building a sawmill near the fort of Sacramento in California for Swiss immigrant John Sutter.
In 1791 a young college student in Virginia named William Munford found himself in a bind. His father had just died, and his newly widowed mother could no longer afford to pay his tuition.
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt noticed the butler starting to set the table for lunch, he looked at his watch. It read 1 p.m. “We have 15 minutes more to work,” he told one of his guests, who was painting his portrait.
The McDonald brothers of San Bernardino, Calif., attracted attention in the food industry when American Restaurant Magazine published its July 1952 cover story on their little hamburger stand at 14th and E streets.
Some 50,000 Soviets came to the United States between 1958, when the first U.S.-Soviet cultural agreement was signed, and 1988, when communication became more open and an agreement was no longer necessary.
In our post-Title IX world, the notion that women are capable of extraordinary athletic accomplishments is hardly revolutionary.
When gold was discovered in California in 1848, it didn’t just kick off the gold rush: It set the stage for the fastest creation of towns—and ghost towns—in history.
Archaeologists care about abandoned outhouses—and they care about them a lot. That’s because the old “necessaries” offer an undisturbed set of layers preserving the minutiae of everyday life of a century ago or even earlier.