Black Tom Island, a major munitions depot in NY Harbor was the scene of a massive explosion in July of 1916 that was originally blamed on lit smudge pots.
When NY Harbor Was Bombed by German Agents in 1916
Before copyright laws lyricists and musicians freely took popular tunes and used them for their own purposes, as Francis Scott Key did with the popular British drinking song The Anacreontic Song.
US National Anthem Taken from a British Drinking Song
You may know that Coca-Cola actually started out with its main selling point being that of its cocaine content, but did you know that the drink still uses coca leaves?
Remember When the Main Ingredient of Coca-Cola was Cocaine?
Amid the tension and competition of the space race the Soviet Union attempted to steal America's thunder by landing a probe on the moon at the same time as the Apollo 11 landing.
Russia Tried to Gate Crash Man's First Walk on the Moon
At the height of the Cold War the US decides to construct a nuclear missile base under the ice sheet of Greenland, without anticipating an unfortunate consequence.
America's Nuclear Base Under Greenland's Ice Sheet
Host Joe Moniaci takes a peek into a long-forgotten bomb shelter in New York's Brooklyn Bridge.
The Forgotten Nuclear Bomb Shelter in the Brooklyn Bridge
In a long-forgotten passage from civil rights history, Elizabeth Jennings fought for her and other "colored persons'" rights to ride streetcars in New York City after she had been thrown off of one in July 1854.
Elizabeth Jennings Fights Segregation 100 Years Before Rosa Parks
Unbelievably, a photo of Jewish Latvian immigrant Hessy Levininsons Taft made its way to the cover of a Nazi propaganda magazine.
The Jewish Baby That Became the Face Of Nazi Propaganda
In 1859 farmer Lyman Cutler discovered a pig gorging itself on his potatoes so he shot it. The sequence of events that would follow would bring the United States and Great Britain to the edge of war.
The Runaway Pig That Almost Started a War
In 1943 President Roosevelt allowed the formation of a combat unit comprising mostly of interned Japanese-Americans which would later distinguish itself in combat in France and Italy.
The Japanese-American Combat Unit That Fought the Nazis
During Prohibition bootleggers filtered industrial alcohol in order to remove poisonous additives, only to see the government react by increasing the levels of poison, thus creating an epidemic of alcohol poisoning.
The US Government Poisoned Thousands Of People During Prohibition
In June of 1865 the CSS Shenandoah, a Confederate ship, continued to pursue and attack Union whalers in the Bering Sea despite the Civil War being officially over.
The Final Shot of the Civil War Happened Off the Coast of Alaska