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The Samuel Applegate Alarm Clock
Heavy sleepers could have thanked Samuel S. Applegate for his invention, which was patented on April 11, 1882. Too bad it was just too weird to be constructed!
The Story of the Peace Symbol
On February 21, 1958, Gerald Holtom drew a circle and three lines. How did such an abstract symbol come to represent peace? Why did Holtom regret his design years later?
The Week in History from November 23
What happened to the Mirabal sisters? Why did the inventor of dynamite create the Nobel Prize? Who named the Pacific Ocean? All these and other events happened this week in history.
The Week in History from October 12
An explorer of the New World, a mapper of Earth’s sister planet, and an upside-down Matisse. These are just a few of the highlights of the week in history. Find out what else happened …
The Week in History from September 7
Did you know Miss America debuted this week in history? Find out more about that, and Ringo Starr, the Invictus Games, and the best-selling video game for three decades.
Today in History Newsletter Sign-Up
Did you know that on this date in the past, something interesting happened? Of course you did! But do you know what happened? Sign up for the FREE ‘Today in History’ newsletter and never wonder again!
Tunisian Man Becomes a Symbol of Revolution
Mohamed Bouazizi was a street vendor in Sidi Bouzid, a city in central Tunisia. On December 17, 2010, standing in front of the offices of the local government, he drenched himself in fuel and set himself on fire. He was 26.
Vandals Rip Up NY Giants Field
On September 29, 1957, seventy-five seasons after they started playing ball, the New York Giants played their final game. Then they flew west to San Francisco. How did their fans react? With mixed emotions, apparently.
Wordsworth Writes a Sonnet - September 3
It’s in the title - September 3, commemorated forever in William Wordsworth’s Romantic poem. Did you know it was written on the roof of a carriage? Discover the surprising story behind the poem.
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