People

The early 1900s were a time of dramatic changes. The Spanish flu pandemic was ravaging the world. The virus struck quickly, inciting fear and stoking panic on a global scale, eventually leading...
New England — comprised today of the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island — was given its name by English explorer John Smith in 1616, and...
You might consider yourself a very rational person, but then something as simple as a calendar date or a number makes you feel differently about things. You might think twice about boarding a plane...
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 150,000 last names and at least 5,100 first names in common use in America. It stands to reason, then, that there would be a number of...
Women’s hairstyles have changed immensely over the years, undergoing multiple transformations since 1925. The most popular hairstyles have traditionally followed the trends set by major figures in...
The 2016 movie “Hidden Figures,” which was certainly about racism, was also about the treatment of women in fields that men have dominated throughout history, particularly science, math, and...
The world of espionage is shrouded in mystery. We attach romantic and idealized notions to being a spy, influenced by TV shows, books, and movies such as those featuring British agent James Bond...
For as long as there have been cameras, there have been photos of people doing interesting or silly or dangerous things, often in exotic locales. The difference is that until the latter part of the...
During the coronavirus shutdown many people stuck at home have taken to reading and studying new subjects to pass the time. This has given them an opportunity to improve their vocabularies and their...
Many millions of people were born the same year as you, including some who went on to fame and fortune as actors, musicians, sports stars, or — a more recent phenomenon, applicable only if...
Hollywood marriages are notorious for their over-in-an-eye-blink durations. Yet some Tinseltown couples have bucked that trend and stayed hitched for decades. In fact, some duos have been with the...
The organization known as Boy Scouts of America is more than a century old. Any youth boy or girl in the country can join one of its five scouting programs: Cub Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouting,...
Pirates — those who plunder ships at sea or use their ships to attack and pillage ports and coastal settlements — have been around since at least as early as 1400 B.C. and they’re still...
For as long as there have been cameras, there have been photos of people doing interesting or silly or dangerous things, often in exotic locales. The difference is that until the latter part of the...