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Matt

Matt lives in Southern California. He is interested in politics, history, literature and the natural world.
March 22, 2019

Today In History: Roosevelt Legalizes Beer

Twitter - @flatbranchpub Today in 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed t...

March 14, 2019

These Old Toys Are Insanely Valuable

Transformers and Others Everyone knows that vintage toys can be worth money to collectors....

March 12, 2019

Today In History: Kerouac Is Born

CMG WorldwideToday is Jack Kerouac's birthday. Kerouac, a famous American novelist and poet, was ...

February 26, 2019

Today In History: Fats Domino Born

Today in 1928, Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino Jr. was born in New Orleans. Domino was among the...

February 25, 2019

Today In History: Muhammad Ali Beats Sonny Liston For W...

Today in 1964, Muhammad Ali, then still going by Cassius Clay, knocked o...

January 25, 2019

Today In History: World's Largest Diamond Found

Today in 1905, the largest diamond ever discovered was mined in Pretoria, South Afr...

January 8, 2019

Supersonic Air Travel Is Coming Back

Business Insider India Of all the hateful things in life, there is perhaps no more universal ...

January 2, 2019

Abandoned Warships: 30 Decaying Aircraft Carriers, Subm...

Business Insider The United States Navy is enormous and powerful. The A...

December 26, 2018

Today In History: The Flamingo Opens In Vegas

December 26, 1946 Today in history, the Flamingo Hotel opened on the Vegas strip. It ...

December 21, 2018

Today In History: The Lockerbie Plane Bombing

December 21, 1988 Today in 1988, explosives were detonated on Pan Am Flight 103, on i...

December 20, 2018

Today In History: Elvis Receives Draft Letter

December 20, 1957 Today in 1957, Elvis was on Christmas vacation to his Graceland est...

December 19, 2018

Today In History: First NHL Season Begins

December 19, 1917 Today in 1917, the nascent National Hockey League held the first two ga...

December 18, 2018

Today In History: Pilgrims Land At Plymouth

December 18, 1620 Today in 1620, the Mayflower landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachu...

December 17, 2018

Today In History: Wright Brothers Fly First Airplane

December 17, 1903 Today in 1903, the Wright Brothers made history's first flig...

December 14, 2018

32 Times America Almost Nuked Itself

Nuclear disaster is one of the most serious threats that faces the human race. Although our c...

December 14, 2018

Today In History: George Washington Dies

December 14, 1799 Today in 1799, George Washington, the first American president and one o...

December 13, 2018

Today In History: Gore Concedes to Bush

December 13, 2000 Today in the year 2000, presidential hopeful and Vice President Al Gore c...

December 12, 2018

Today In History: Gustave Flaubert Born

December 12, 1821 Today in 1812, the writer Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen, France. Fla...

December 11, 2018

Today In History: Hitler Declares War On America

December 11, 1941 Today in 1941, Adolf Hitler declared war on America. It was four...

December 10, 2018

Today In History: Emily Dickinson Born

December 10, 1830 Today is Emily Dickinson's birthday. She was born today in Amherst, Massac...

December 7, 2018

Today In History: Pearl Harbor Bombing

December 7, 1941 Today in 1941 was the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the sea-change moment that d...

December 6, 2018

Today In History: Workers Finish The Washington Monumen...

December 6, 1884 Today in 1884, the Washington Monument was completed. W...

December 6, 2018

You Wouldn't Want To Fly On The First Jetliner

If you've ever seen a Bogart or a Jimmy Stewart movie, you know that air travel used...

December 5, 2018

Today In History: Kidnappers Release Terry Anderson

Today in 1991, Lebanese Islamic militants released Terry Anderson, an American ...

December 4, 2018

Today In History: Oliver Kelley Founds The Grange

December 4, 1867 Modern readers may not be familiar with The Grange - an organiza...

December 3, 2018

Today In History: First Successful Heart Transplant

December 3, 1967 Today in 1967, a South African grocer named Louis Washkansky, ...

November 29, 2018

Today In History: The UN Partitions Palestine

November 29, 1947 Today in 1947, the United Nations reached a highly contested decisi...

November 28, 2018

Today In History: Enrico Fermi Dies

November 28, 1954 Today in 1954, Enrico Fermi, the "father" of the nuclear bomb, died. Fermi wa...

November 27, 2018

Can We Stop A Nuclear Bomb?

There are many existential threats facing the human race. The menace of environmental catastrophe looms...

November 27, 2018

Today In History: The Crusades Begin

November 27, 1905 Today in 1095, Pope Urban II made a speech entreating all European Christian...