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How McCarthyism Came to Be
In February 1950, Senator Joe McCarthy accuses the State Department of being infiltrated by Communist spies. Here's the genesis of the 'Red Scare' and McCarthyism.
Challenger Space Shuttle Explodes
On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven aboard.
Unabomber Pleads Guilty
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski pled guilty on Jan. 22, 1998 to avoid the death penalty.
Martin Luther King: 'I Have a Dream'
On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. made his 'I Have a Dream' speech on the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
10 Things Albert Schweitzer Said
Born Jan. 14, 1875, in Kaysersberg, France, Albert Schweitzer went on to become an influential philosopher, physician and humanitarian. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1852. Following are 10 meaningful quotes attributed to Schweitzer.
Steve Jobs Unveils 1st iPhone
On Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the first Apple iPhone to the world.
History of Mercedes Benz
Mercedes' cars were created by Karl Benz's invention of the first gas-powered car, which was patented in 1886.
Beethoven's 5th Symphony in C Minor
Beethoven's 5th Symphony premiered in Vienna on Dec. 22, 1808.
Ken Jennings' Jeopardy! Streak Ends
Ken Jennings, holder of the longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history, won 74 games and more than $2.5 million before being upset on Nov. 30, 2004.
WW II Tehran Conference
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin met in Tehran in 1943 to discuss war strategy and the future of the world.
Ramstein Air Show Disaster Kills Scores
Three Italian jets from the Frecce Tricolori demonstration team collided and the wreckage fell into the crowd during an air show at Ramstein Air Force Base in West Germany. Including the three pilots, 75 were killed and 346 seriously injured.
Why Did Concorde Fail?
The Concorde gave us supersonic transport. But why did this supersonic plane fail? The answer is complicated — Vox's Phil Edwards investigated.
Concorde Crashes in Paris
All 109 people on board and four on the ground were killed on July 25, 2000, when Air France Flight 4590 crashed shortly after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris. The crash was the first fatal accident of a Concorde jet, and helped lead to the aircraft's retirement in 2003.
George Brett's Pine Tar Home Run
On July 24, 1983, George Brett hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth for the Kansas City Royals to take a 5-4 lead over the New York Yankees. Yankees manager Billy Martin noticed a large amount of pine tar on Brett's bat and the home run was discounted. Brett was furious but ruled out -for...
Neil Armstrong Takes Historic Steps on the Moon
In 1969, America effectively "won" the Space Race when the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon on July 20. Six hours later, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon, joined by Buzz Aldrin. The moon walk was broadcast live worldwide, with Amrstrong uttering the famous "one small...
United Flight 232 Crash Lands in Sioux City
En route from Denver to Chicago on July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 suffered a loss of all hydraulics caused by an explosion in the tail, and with it all flight controls. Nevertheless, the crew was able to steer and maintain elevation by manipulating the engines, and navigated the plane to...
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