Vice Presidents That Became Presidents

Since George Washington first became president in 1789, we have had 44 different presidents, 14 of which were Vice Presidents. Five of these were elected president later on. There have been eight vice presidents who took over when the former president died and one due to the president’s resignation. John Adams John Adams served as […]

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Migrant Mother, 1936

Dorothea Lange took this photograph in 1936, while employed by the U.S. government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) program, formed during the Great Depression to raise awareness of and provide aid to impoverished farmers. In Nipomo, California, Lange came across Florence Owens Thompson and her children in a camp filled with field workers whose livelihoods were […]

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The Eldest Russian Grand Duchess, Olga Nikolaevna Romanova

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia was the Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia’s oldest child, born in 1895 and murdered alongside the rest of her family in 1918. Throughout her lifetime, her future marriage was a subject often talked about and speculated in the press. However, Olga did not want to marry […]

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Hiroo Onoda, the soldier who refused to surrender, 1974

Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda is the most famous of the so-called Japanese holdouts, a collection of Imperial Army stragglers who continued to hide out in the South Pacific for several years after World War II had ended. An intelligence officer, Onoda had been on Lubang since 1944, a few months before the Americans invaded and retook […]

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Chief John Smith, reputed to be 138 years old when he died, 1784-1922

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune obituary says Ga-Be-Nah-Gewn-Wonce (variously known as Kay-bah-nung-we-way, Sloughing Flesh, Wrinkled Meat or plain old — well, really old — John Smith) was reputed to be 138 years old when he died. Whatever his precise age, his well-lined face indicates a man who led a long and full life. He fought, he […]

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Facts You Didn’t Know About History’s Greatest Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756. He was considered one of the greatest composers of the classical period, and was admired by contemporaries such as Hayden and Beethoven. How much do you know about the world’s most famous composer? These facts might surprise you. 1. He Began Writing Compositions When He was Just Six […]

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Why ‘Hidden Figures’ —and its unsung heroes — is the ultimate NASA story

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NASA, and its stunning achievements, is much more than just the famous astronauts whose names you know — it was built on the behind-the-scenes work of its unsung heroes. 

From the early days of the United States’ space agency up through today, NASA has been run by  engineers, mathematicians and technicians at the tops of their fields.

But you rarely hear their stories or know their names. 

Behind every John Glenn or Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin there are tens or even hundreds of people working behind the scenes to keep them alive and healthy in space. That’s NASA’s true nature — a nexus of unseen teamwork and ingenuity that allows the exploration of new frontiers. Read more…

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