Archive For The “History” Category

What Was Operation MUZAK?

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Marlene Dietrich

FACT OF THE DAY: Operation MUZAK took place during World War II. The United States would have artists like Marlene Dietrich (a German star who became a US citizen) record sad, melancholic songs about lonely soldiers. The aim was to lower the moral of the German soldiers. In 1945 Dietrich was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions as the plan worked.

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What Is Decoration Day?

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Decoration Day drawing

FACT OF THE DAY: Decoration Day was the originally name of Memorial Day. The first Decoration Day took place on May 5, 1868.

[Photo Source: www.storyoftheweek.loa.org]

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Did You Know There Was A Half-Cent?

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Front and Back of the US Half-Cent

FACT OF THE DAY: The Half-Cent coin is the smallest denomination of US currency. The coin, originally minted in 1793, would have five different designs before it was pulled from production in 1857.

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What Is The Code of Hammurabi?

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Code of Hammurabi

FACT OF THE DAY: The “Code of Hammurabi” is a Babylonian code that dates back to 1754 BC. It is a collection of 282 rules that set the standards for commercial interactions. It also serves justice by setting fines and punishments.

[Photo Source: www.history.com]

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Who Fought In the Shortest War?

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The Shortest War

FACT OF THE DAY: The shortest war in the records books took place on August 27, 1896 and lasted a total of 38 minutes. The battle took place on the tiny island of Zanzibar as the British Army defeated military forces led by Khalid bin Bargash. Bargash had just pulled a coup d’etat and taken control of the tiny island. The Brits quickly stopped that.

[Photo Source: MilitaryHistoryNow.com]

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Did Elmo Testify Before Congress?

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Elmo testifies before Congress

FACT OF THE DAY: On April 23, 2002, Sesame Street character Elmo became the first non-human to testify before Congress. He was there to defend funding for music programs in schools.

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USA’s Miracle on Ice

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1980 USA Hockey Team

FACT OF THE DAY: It was 39 years ago today that the famed “Miracle on Ice” game took place. During the semi-finals of the 1980 Winter Olympics, the men’s USA hockey team defeated the Russian team by a score of 4-3. They would then defeat Finland by a score of 4-2 to clinch the gold medal.

[Photo Source: www.nhl.com]

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MLB’s First African-American Manager

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Frank Rpbinson plaque

FACT OF THE DAY: Once again, the answer is Frank Robinson. On April 8, 1975, Robinson became Major League Baseball’s (MLB) first African-American manager. Not only was he the manager of the Cleveland Indians, he was a player-manager.

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MLB’s First Dual League MVP

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Frank Robinson

FACT OF THE DAY: In the history of Major League Baseball (MLB), only one player has won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award in both the American and National League. That player is Frank Robinson. He was National League MVP in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and American League MVP with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966.

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Happy Birthday to the Frisbee

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Frisbee

FACT OF THE DAY: Happy Birthday to the frisbee! Today it turns 62 years old. On January 23, 1957, the toy company Wham-O released the first ever frisbee.

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