The 1960s were a groovy time in the United States, with the music festival at Woodstock in 1969 being one of the highlights of the hippie era. It was planned as a three-day concert but is remembered for more than just rock-n-roll -- there were also lots of drugs, sex, and mud. Find out more about the planning of the massive Woodstock music festival and what surprises were in store for those who attended.
It was a very exciting day on February 18, 1930, when Clyde W. Tombaugh, an assistant at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered a new planet in our solar system. A contest was held to pick a name and the name "Pluto" was chosen. For seven decades, Pluto was considered our ninth planet. Learn more about the discovery of Pluto and how it was later downgraded from planet to a dwarf planet.
Well, this should be interesting. Actress Angelina Jolie has begun a new project -- directing a movie about WWII hero Louis Zamperini. Zamperini's amazing story was captured first in the 2010 bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand called Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
Jolie's film, also to be called Unbroken, is expected to be released on Christmas day in 2014. Will she do justice to 97-year-old Zamperini's story?
You can watch a clip from the Today Show of Tom Brokow interviewing Jolie about her new project.
While texting is relatively new, some of the abbreviations we use for it are much older than we might think. For instance, the abbreviation "OMG" for "Oh My God!" dates back to as early as 1917. The earliest reference found is in a letter dated September 9, 1917 from Lord John Arbuthnot Fisher to Winston Churchill.
In the last line of Lord Fisher's short letter about newspaper headlines that were upsetting him, Lord Fisher wrote: "I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis -- O.M.G. (Oh! My God!) -- Shower it on the Admiralty!!"
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It's hard to believe that it's been over 30 years since Michael Jackson's Thriller was first released. The album, filled with such popular songs as "Beat It" and "Billie Jean," was first released in 1982; followed a year later with the music video to Jackson's title song, "Thriller."
I still remember sitting next to my cousin and watching that video for the first time -- werewolves and ghouls and dancing. It was amazing. Join me in a stroll down memory lane as we revisit Michael Jackson before all the weirdness, at a time when he was merely a musical genius.
"If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." -- Quote by author Pearl S. Buck
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"Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave." -- Quote by Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India
The Temperance Movement had good intentions when they advocated making drinking alcohol illegal. Yet when it was outlawed by the 18th Amendment, gangsters found a new way to make money. Learn all about Prohibition -- how it started, loopholes, and how it finally ended.
It's so hard not to think "what if?" with this particular event in history because Claus von Stauffenberg got so very, very close to killing Adolf Hitler. What would have happened if the bomb in the suitcase had actually killed Hitler in 1944? What would have been different with Hitler not leading Nazi Germany? Yet, the plot did not succeed, party because of ill luck and partly because of ill planning. Find out more about what happened to make the July 20th Plot both the closest one to killing Hitler and an utter failure.