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The 1889 Johnstown Flood

The 1889 Johnstown Flood was the greatest single-day loss of civilian life in the United States before 9/11. It also helped rewrite the country’s liability law.

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London’s Great Stink

London, 1858. Citizens suffer through a very disgusting, very smelly summer that, almost 170 years later, is still ominously remembered as the Great Stink.

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Pop Culture

Mickey Mouse (at last!) in the Public Domain

As of January 1, 2024, Mickey Mouse is in the public domain—well, kind of. Mickey’s journey from the Magic Kingdom to public domain re-wrote U.S. copyright law.

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Frances Perkins’ Life of Service

Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet when she became the longest-serving Secretary of Labor in 1933. Her career changed the lives of every working American.

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160th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

2023 marks the 160th anniversary of the most famous battle of the American Civil War: the Battle of Gettysburg. Fought over three days across Pennsylvania farmland, Gettysburg was the war’s turning point and its bloodiest battle.