Jan 31, 2017
On this date in 1949, the first daytime television soap opera was broadcast.
Here are some things you may not have known about American soap operas.
They’re called soap operas because soap companies were common early sponsors of the shows. The first soap operas appeared on radio. “Painted Dreams” is considered the...
Jan 30, 2017
On this date in 1969, The Beatles had their last public performance, playing on their record company’s roof in London.
Here are some things you may not have known about the concert.
The performance was unannounced and caught the lunchtime crowd of office workers on the streets below by surprise. The previous year,...
Jan 28, 2017
On this date in 1967, three American astronauts died in a training accident on the launch pad in Florida.
Here are some things you may not have known about Apollo 1.
Following the successes of the Mercury and Gemini programs, the next step in landing a man on the moon was the three-man Apollo program. The astronauts...
Jan 27, 2017
On this date in 1993, the American-born sumo wrestler Akebono became the first foreigner promoted to the highest rank of yokozuna.
Here are some things you may not have known about sumo, and Akebono.
Sumo is a wrestling sport where opponents try to force each other to be the first to step out of the ring, or touch the...
Jan 26, 2017
Today is Australia Day.
Here are some things you may not have known about Australia’s national holiday.
Australia Day marks the 1788 arrival of the British First Fleet near Sydney, about 18 years after the first European set foot there.
The fleet was sent to Australia to establish a penal colony on the coast of New...