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A daily trivia show inspired by events that happened on each date, all in a minute (give or take).

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571: Salad Dressing Names

February 28th, 2018

3:58

Let’s start with salad, specifically salad dressing, even more specifically salad dressing names.

We’ll start with the king of salad dressings in the United States: ranch.

Ranch dressing was first created in 1954 by …

570: WInter Olympics

February 20th, 2018

4:55

Today is the 14th day of competition at the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Here are a few things you might not have known …

569: Disneyland

February 12th, 2018

4:40

I hope you’re asking yourself, where has this guy been for the past eight months? Well, my wife and I moved from Yakima, Washington, to Los Angeles …

Taking a Break -- We Shall Return!

May 15th, 2017

0:34

To my listeners:

I hope you've noticed there has been a lack of "Trivia Minute" podcasts lately.

I have quite a few exciting and positive things going on in my life right now, so I've had to put the podcast on the back …

567: Trivia Minute Update: May 5, 2017

May 5th, 2017

2:24

We’ll start off with a question: What nation did Mexican forces defeat in the Battle of Puebla, which is marked by Cinco de Mayo celebrations?

We’ll have the answer later in the show.

Today is Cinco de Mayo, which is …

Trivia Minute Update: May 4, 2017

May 4th, 2017

2:30

We’ll start off with a question: What was the only crime gangster Al Capone was ever convicted of?

We’ll have the answer later in the show.

Today is International Firefighters Day, Youth Day in Fiji, and Restoration of …

Trivia Minute Update: May 3, 2017

May 3rd, 2017

2:17

We’ll start off with a question: Who was the owner of the Dodgers when they moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles?

We’ll have the answer later in the …

Trivia Minute Update: May 2, 2017

May 2nd, 2017

2:36

We’ll start off with a question: The maiden flight of the De Havilland Comet, the first jet airliner, traveled between which two cities?

We’ll have …

Trivia Minute Update: May 1, 2017

May 1st, 2017

2:25

Our T-shirt giveaway came to an end on Sunday. We only had one entry from Doug Barbeau, who wins a Trivia Minute T-Shirt. Thanks, Doug.

We’ll start off with a question: Which two of the contiguous 48 states are not …

Trivia Minute Update: April 28, 2017

April 28th, 2017

2:19

Today's trivia question: Who was the captain of the HMS Bounty?

Today is International Workplace Safety Day, National Heroes Day in Barbados, and National Day of Mourning in Canada.

It’s unofficially National Cubicle …

Trivia Minute Update: April 26, 2017

April 26th, 2017

2:51

We’ll start off with a trivia question: Tanzania was formed from the merger of what two countries?

We’ll have the answer later in the show.

Today is World Intellectual Property Day.

It’s unofficially Administrative …

Trivia Minute Update: April 25, 2017

April 25th, 2017

2:19

We’ll start off with a trivia question: What is the name of the canal and lock system that connects the North American Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean?

We’ll have the answer in the show.

Today is World Malaria Day, …

Trivia Minute Update: April 21, 2017

April 21st, 2017

2:40

We’ll start off with a trivia question: What city hosted the most recent World’s Fair held in the United States?

We’ll have the answer later in the show.

Today is Civil Service Day in India, National Tree Planting Day …

Trivia Minute Update: April 18, 2017

April 18th, 2017

2:22

We’ll start off with a trivia question: What sporting event is closely associated with World War I fighter pilot Roland Garros?

We’ll have the answer …

No Show

April 14th, 2017

0:34

Hey folks.

We’re having some technical difficulties here at TriviaPeople.com HQ, so there won’t be a show today.

 

1992: Disney Opens Euro Disneyland

April 12th, 2017

5:10

On this date in 1992, The Walt Disney Company opened Euro Disneyland.

Here are some things you may not have known about Disney parks.

Walt Disney originally wanted to build a theme park in Burbank, California, near his …

Trivia Minute Update: April 11, 2017

April 11th, 2017

2:39

We’ll start off with a question: Despite not landing on the Moon, what record did the crew of Apollo 13 set?

Today is Juan Santamaria Day in Costa …

Big Ben: The Story Behind the Bell

April 10th, 2017

5:31

On this date in 1858, the bell known as Big Ben was cast in London.

Here are some things you may not have known about Big Ben.

The nickname Big Ben refers to the bell only. The clock is called the Great Clock, while the …

Answering This Week's Question

April 7th, 2017

0:46

Hey folks, no show today, but I wanted to make sure to give you the answer to this week’s question.

Also, be sure to listen to Monday’s podcast when …

Presidential Vetoes: Because I Said So

April 5th, 2017

5:01

On this date in 1792, George Washington used his presidential veto power for the first time.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the veto.

The history of the veto, which means “I forbid” in Latin, can be …

Trivia Minute Update: April 4, 2017

April 4th, 2017

2:27

We’ll start off with a random trivia question: Which actors played the character of Jay Gatsby in the 1949, 1974, and 2013 film versions of “The Great Gatsby”?

We’ll have the answer later in the show.

Today is …

1860: Pony Express Begins Operations

April 3rd, 2017

4:21

On this date in 1860, the Pony Express began operations.

Here are some things you may not have known about the Old West mail service.

After the …

March 30, 2017: Trivia Minute Update

March 30th, 2017

2:16

We’ll start off with a random trivia question: What are the three sites at which U.S. space shuttles have landed?

We’ll have the answer later in the show.

Today is unofficially National Doctors' Day, Pencil Day and …

1806: America's First Highway

March 29th, 2017

4:01

On this date in in 1806, the first major improved highway in the United States was authorized.

Here are some things you might not know about The National Road.

The National Road began in 1751 as the Braddock Road, which …

March 28, 2017: Trivia Minute Update

March 28th, 2017

2:16

On this date in 1979, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania suffered a partial core meltdown. 

What is the name of the river in which Three Mile Island is located?

We’ll have the answer later in the …

1977: Tenerife Airport Disaster

March 27th, 2017

6:23

On this date in 1977, 583 people died in the deadliest accident in aviation history.

Here are some things you may not have known about the Tenerife Airport Disaster.

KLM Flight 4805 from Amsterdam, and Pan Am Flight …

Answering This Week's Question

March 24th, 2017

1:01

I am a bit under the weather today, so there won’t be a show today, but I wanted to make sure we answered this week’s question.

The question was: How much did the United State pay per acre for Alaska in 1867?

Listen to …

An All-New Abbreviated Thursday Show!

March 23rd, 2017

2:23

We’ll start off with a random trivia question: What university was founded on this date in 1868?

Today is World Meteorological Day, Day of …

1894: The First Stanley Cup Playoff

March 22nd, 2017

5:31

On this date in 1894, the first Stanley Cup playoff game was held.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the oldest trophy in North …

A New Abbreviated Tuesday Show!

March 21st, 2017

2:41

We’ll start off with a random trivia question: What is the largest city named after a U.S. President?

Today is International Day for the Elimination …

Iditarod: Racing Across Alaska

March 20th, 2017

4:13

On this date in 1985, Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail sled dog race.

Here are some things you might not have known about the annual tradition.

The Iditarod is run in honor of the 1925 …

St. Patrick's Day: Common Misconceptions

March 17th, 2017

4:01

Today is St. Patrick's Day.

Here are some things you should know.

While a four-leaf clover may be lucky, it’s not a shamrock. Shamrocks have three …

March 16, 2017: An Abbreviated Thursday Show

March 16th, 2017

2:01

Today is Day of the Book Smugglers in Lithuania, and Latvian Legion Day.

It’s unofficially National artichoke heart day, national orange and lemon day, freedom of information day, and black press day.

It’s the birthday …

1820: Maine, America's Vacationland

March 15th, 2017

4:08

On this date in 1820, Maine was admitted to the Union.

Here are some things you may not have known about the 23rd state.

The first inhabitants of …

March 14, 2017: A Tuesday Short Show

March 14th, 2017

2:13

For the foreseeable future, we’ll be scaling back our episodes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

We’ll still bring you all the features that usually run in the second half of the show.

Today is Pi Day, in celebration of the …

1930: Pluto Discovered, Controversy Ensues

March 13th, 2017

5:33

On this date in 1930, the dwarf planet Pluto was discovered.

Here are some things you may not have known about what was once considered the ninth …

1926: Book of the Month Club Starts Delivering

March 10th, 2017

4:21

On this date in 1926, the first Book of the Month Club selection was published.

Here are some things you might not have known about it.

The Book of the Month Club was founded by Harry Scherman in New York. Scherman had …

An Abbreviated Thursday Show

March 9th, 2017

2:01

Today is Teachers’ Day in Lebanon.

It’s unofficially False Teeth Day, Barbie Day, and National Meatball Day.

It’s the birthday of cosmonaut Yuri …

1985: "We Are The World" Helps Fight Famine in Ethiopia

March 7th, 2017

5:26

On this date in 1985, the charity song “We Are The World” was released.

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

More than a million …

1899: The History of Aspirin

March 5th, 2017

5:44

On this date in 1899, Bayer registered the name “Aspirin” as a trademark.

Here are some things you might not have known about aspirin.

Aspirin is also known as acetylsalicylic acid. People have been using willow and …

Australia Act of 1986: Full Independence Down Under

March 3rd, 2017

5:00

On this date in 1986, the Australia Act of 1986 came into effect.

Here are some things you may not have known about Australia’s independence from the United Kingdom.

The Australia Act of 1986 cut the last constitutional …

1933: "King Kong" Premieres in New York

March 2nd, 2017

5:16

On this date in 1933, the film “King Kong” premiered in New York.

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

“King Kong” is the tale of a wildlife filmmaker and his crew, who stumble upon an enormous …

1954: Five Congressmen Shot by Puerto Rican Nationalists

March 1st, 2017

6:03

On this date in 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire in the House of Representatives chamber in the United States Capitol building.

Here …

Most-Watched TV Programs

February 28th, 2017

4:57

On this date in 1983, the series finale of the television show “MASH” aired in the United States.

Here are some things you may not have known about the most-watched scripted television episode in American history.

The …

Battle of Los Angeles: Fear and Anxiety

February 24th, 2017

4:09

On this date in 1942, anti-aircraft guns blazed over the city of Los Angeles during what was eventually determined to be a false alarm.

Here are some things you might not have known about “The Battle of Los Angeles.”

Aluminum: The Modern Metal

February 23rd, 2017

4:53

On this date in 1886,  Charles Martin Hall used an economical method to produce aluminum for the first time.

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

Aluminum is the third most common element in the Earth’s …

Daytona 500: Stock Car Racing's Biggest Spectacle

February 22nd, 2017

4:50

On this date in 1959, Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500.

Here are some things you may not have known about stock car racing’s crown jewel.

The Daytona 500 is the direct descendant of earlier races held on the Daytona …

Polaroid Cameras: Photos in an Instant

February 21st, 2017

5:35

On this date in 1947, Edwin Land demonstrated the first instant camera.

Here are some things you may not have known about the Polaroid Land Camera.

Good Vibrations: A Musical Milestone

February 17th, 2017

4:39

On this date in 1966, Brian Wilson began recording what would come to be the Beach Boys single “Good Vibrations.”

Here are some things you may not …

MASH Units: Separating Fact From Television

February 16th, 2017

4:38
 

On this date in 2006, the last American mobile army surgical hospital was deactivated.

Here are some things you may not have known about MASH units.

The inspiration for MASH units came during World War II. At the …

ENIAC: One Of The First Computers

February 15th, 2017

4:25
Two programmers work on the ENIAC. (U.S. Army Photo via Columbia University)

On this date in 1946, ENIAC, one of the first electronic computers …

YouTube: Streaming Since 2005

February 14th, 2017

3:56

On this date in 2005, YouTube was founded.

Here are some things you might not have known about the video-sharing site.

It was created by three former PayPal employees named Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim.

The …

Louisville Sewer Explosions

February 13th, 2017

3:58

On this date in 1981, more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky, were destroyed by a sewer explosion.

Here are some things you might not have known about the incident.

A Ralston Purina soybean processing …

Gold Records: Marking a Milestone

February 10th, 2017

4:22

On this date in 1942, the first gold record was awarded to Glenn Miller and his Orchestra.

Here are some things you may not have known about …

Daylight Saving Time

February 9th, 2017

5:41

On this date in 1942, year-round Daylight Saving Time was reinstated in the United States during World War II.

Here are some things you may not have known about Daylight saving time.

It was not originally proposed by …

NASDAQ: Taking Stock of its History

February 8th, 2017

3:37

On this date in 1971, trading began on the NASDAQ stock market.

Here are some things you may not have known about what is now the second-largest stock exchange in the world.

Originally, NASDAQ was an acronym that stood …

Bananas: America's Second Most Popular Fruit

February 7th, 2017

4:38

Apropos of nothing, we’re going bananas today.

Here are some things you may not have known about the second most popular fresh fruit in America.

Queen Elizabeth II: Reigning for 65 Years

February 6th, 2017

5:50

On this date in 1952, Elizabeth II became queen regnant of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms when her father, George VI, died.

Here are some things you may not have known about Queen Elizabeth II.

She was …

Wedding Rings: A Long History

February 3rd, 2017

4:56

Today is unofficially National Wedding Ring Day in the United States.

Here are some things you may not have known about wedding rings.

Experts believe the tradition of exchanging rings during a wedding dates back to …

Oxford English Dictionary

February 1st, 2017

5:00

Today is the 133rd anniversary of the publication of the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Here are some things you may not have known …

History of Soap Operas

January 31st, 2017

4:55

On this date in 1949, the first daytime television soap opera was broadcast.

Here are some things you may not have known about American soap operas.

They’re called soap operas because soap companies were common early …

The Beatles' Final Performance

January 30th, 2017

4:40
 

On this date in 1969, The Beatles had their last public performance, playing on their record company’s roof in London.

Here are some things you may not have known about the concert.

The performance was unannounced and …

Bonus Episode: Apollo 1 Disaster, 50 Years Ago

January 28th, 2017

5:53
 

On this date in 1967, three American astronauts died in a training accident on the launch pad in Florida.

Here are some things you may not have …

Sumo Wrestling

January 27th, 2017

5:13

On this date in 1993, the American-born sumo wrestler Akebono became the first foreigner promoted to the highest rank of yokozuna.

Here are some things you may not have known about sumo, and Akebono.

Sumo is a wrestling …

Australia Day

January 26th, 2017

4:27

Today is Australia Day.

Here are some things you may not have known about Australia’s national holiday.

Australia Day marks the 1788 arrival of the …

Nellie Bly: Around the World in 72 Days

January 25th, 2017

5:10

On this date in 1890, journalist Nellie Bly arrived back in New York after a record-breaking 72-day trip around the world.

Here are some things you may not have known about Bly and her journey.

Elizabeth Jane Cochran …

Japanese World War II Holdouts

January 24th, 2017

4:44

On this date in 1972, Shoichi Yokoi, one of the last Japanese holdouts from World War II was discovered hiding in Guam.

Here are some things you may …

Frisbee: The Definitive Flying Disc

January 23rd, 2017

5:00

On this date in 1957, inventor Fred Morrison sold the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O company.

Here are some things you may not have known …

Presidential Inaugurations: A Short History

January 20th, 2017

4:20

Today is Inauguration Day in the United States.

Here are some things you may not have known about The swearing in of presidents.

Usually we end of this segment with a trivia question, but today let's start with one. …

Volkswagen Beetle: Our 500th Episode!

January 19th, 2017

4:45

On this date in 1978, the last original Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany rolled off the production line in Emden.

Here are some things you may not …

BASE Jumping: Life Over the Edge

January 18th, 2017

4:05

On this date in 1981, Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachuted off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first BASE jumpers.

Here are some things you may not have known about BASE jumping.

BASE is an acronym. The letters …

Betty White: America's Favorite Nonagenarian

January 17th, 2017

5:43

Today is the 95th birthday of television personality Betty White.

Here are some things you may not have known about her.

She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1922. Betty is her given name, and not a shortened form of …

How Did Jazz Get to Carnegie Hall? Practice

January 16th, 2017

6:04

On this date in 1938, Benny Goodman and his band played the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Here are some things you may not have known about the concert, the landmark recording of it and Carnegie Hall …

Friday Wrap-up Show

January 13th, 2017

2:19

We’re going to wrap up the week with a shorter show than normal, because I’m making some podcast studio updates, and all the equipment isn’t quite …

Eiffel Tower: Surpassing Expectations

January 12th, 2017

4:38

On this date in 1908, the first long-distance radio signal was sent from the Eiffel Tower.

Here are some things you may not have known about the Paris landmark.

It was constructed as the entrance to the 1889 World’s …

Grand Canyon: America's Greatest Natural Wonder

January 11th, 2017

4:38

The Grand Canyon as seen from the South Rim. (Photo by Roger Bolsius via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1908, the Grand Canyon was …

David Bowie: One Year Gone

January 10th, 2017

7:04

One year ago today, rock icon David Bowie died at the age of 69.

Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, South London on January 8, 1947. His mother worked as a waitress and his father worked for a charity.

At the age of …

iPhone: 10 Years of Leading the Way

January 9th, 2017

4:08

On this date in 2007, Apple announced the iPhone.

Here are some things you may not have known about the smartphone.

The iPhone wasn’t Apple’s first foray into the portable communications market. The company introduced …

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: The Ballad of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan

January 6th, 2017

5:31

On this date in 1994, American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a man hired by the husband of her main competitor, Tonya Harding.

Here are some things you may not have known about the skaters and the attack.

Nellie Tayloe Ross: America's First Female Governor

January 5th, 2017

4:27

On this date in 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross was sworn in as governor of Wyoming.

Here are some things you may not have known about the first woman to serve as governor in the United States.

Nellie Tayloe was born in St. …

Electrocution of Topsy the Elephant

January 4th, 2017

5:21

On this date in 1903, Topsy, an Asian elephant was euthanized by electrocution at Coney Island, New York.

Here are some things you may not have known about the incident.

Topsy was brought to the United States and …

Formation of the Soviet Union

December 30th, 2016

4:13

On this date in 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed following the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Here are some things you may not …

Thomas Becket: The Tale of the "Turbulent Priest"

December 29th, 2016

5:01

On this day in the year 1170, Thomas Becket was killed by supporters of King Henry II of England during a conflict over the rights of the Catholic …

Westminster Abbey: London's Iconic Church

December 28th, 2016

4:59

On this date in 1065, Westminster Abbey was consecrated.

Here are some things you may not have known about the landmark London church.

Since the year 1560, the building’s common name has been a misnomer.

Before 1560, it …

Lady Bird Johnson: A First Lady of the First Order

December 22nd, 2016

5:02

Today is the birthday of Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Here are some things you may not have known about her.

She was born Claudia Alta Taylor in Karnack, Texas in 1912. When she …

Crosswords: Puzzling Since 1913

December 21st, 2016

5:14
 

On this date in 1913, the first crossword puzzle was printed in the New York World newspaper.

Here are some things you may not have known about crossword puzzles.

The first puzzle was actually called a word-cross …

"It's a Wonderful Life" Turns 70

December 20th, 2016

5:24

On this date in 1946, “It’s a Wonderful Life” was released in the United States.

Here are some things you may not have known about the classic …

BBC World Service: Spanning the Globe Since 1932

December 19th, 2016

5:11

On this date in 1932, the BBC Empire Service radio system went on the air for the first time.

Here are some things you may not have known about what is now called BBC World Service.

The Empire Service began as a …

Bill of Rights, Part Two

December 16th, 2016

6:45

Thursday’s episode ended with 12 proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution being sent to the states for ratification.

What we now know as the First Amendment was actually the third proposed article of the Bill of …

Bill of Rights: Part One

December 15th, 2016

5:20

This is part one of a a two-part episode.

On this date in 1791, the United States Bill of Rights became law when the state of Virginia ratified it.

Here are some things you may not have known about the story behind …

The Last Man on the Moon -- So Far

December 14th, 2016

4:03

On this date in 1972, Eugene Cernan became the last man to walk on the moon.

Here are some things you may not have known about Apollo 17.

Apollo …

Francis Drake: An Around the World Pirate Voyage

December 13th, 2016

5:21

On this date in 1577, Francis Drake set off from Plymouth, England, on his around-the-world voyage.

Here are some things you may not have known about Drake and his voyages.

Francis Drake was born around 1540 in …

Monarch Nicknames: From Fat to Terrible

December 12th, 2016

4:46

On this date in year 884, Charles the Fat became emperor of the Frankish Empire.

Here are a few historical monarchs with less-than-flattering nicknames, and the stories behind them.

Charles the Fat was a …

John Glenn: First American in Orbit

December 9th, 2016

6:01
 

On Thursday, John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and a longtime senator from Ohio died at the age of 95.

Here are a few things you …

Famous Speeches: "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"

December 8th, 2016

4:37
 

On this date in 1941, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gave what has become one of the most famous speeches in American history.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the “Infamy Speech.”

On December 7, …

Washington Monument: A Slow Process

December 6th, 2016

5:34

On this date in 1884, the Washington Monument was completed.

Here are some things you may not have known about the memorial to the first American President.

Proposals for a monument to George Washington started at …

LaGuardia Airport: New York's First Major Airport

December 2nd, 2016

5:22

On this date in 1939, LaGuardia Airport in New York opened.

Here are some things you may not have known about the closest airport to Manhattan.

LaGuardia was the city’s first major airport.

Until that time, the only …

Channel Tunnel: Rail Link Between Britain and Europe

December 1st, 2016

4:29

On this date in 1990, crews tunneling from England and France met under the English Channel.

Here are some things you may not have known about the Channel Tunnel.

The first proposal for a tunnel under the English …

Pong: The First Video Game Sensation

November 29th, 2016

4:21

The logo for the Pong home game.

On this date in 1972, Atari released “Pong,” the first commercially successful video game.

Here are some …

Grand Ole Opry: Country Music's Most Hallowed Stage

November 28th, 2016

5:02
 

On this date in 1925, the radio show that would become the “Grand Ole Opry” premiered in Nashville, Tennessee.

Here are some things you may not …

Joe DiMaggio: The Story of the Yankee Clipper

November 24th, 2016

6:30
 

Today is the birthday of baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the Yankee Clipper.

DiMaggio was …

DB Cooper: What Happened to America's Most Notorious Skyjacker?

November 24th, 2016

4:43
 

Welcome to the Trivia Minute, your daily dose of history, facts and tidbits from TriviaPeople.com … I’m Marcus Michelson.

On this date in 1971, a man using the alias Dan Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient Airlines …

Marx Brothers: The First Family of Comedy

November 23rd, 2016

5:02
 

Today is the birthday of Harpo Marx, the second-oldest of the Marx Brothers comedy troupe.

Here are some things you may not have known about Harpo …

Blackbeard: The Prototypical Pirate

November 22nd, 2016

3:56
 

On this date in 1718, the pirate known as Blackbeard was killed in a battle with the British Navy.

Here are some things you may not have known about the man regarded as the prototypical pirate.

Not much is known about …

Brief History of Audio Recording

November 21st, 2016

5:16
 

On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph.

Here are some things you may not have known about sound recording.

Edison’s phonograph was the first machine to record sound and then play …

William Tell: Switzerland's National Hero

November 18th, 2016

4:19
 

According to legend, on this date in 1307, William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head with a crossbow.

Here are some things you may not have known about the legend.

The first reference to William Tell appeared …

Suez Canal: A Shortcut from Europe to South Asia

November 17th, 2016

4:06
 

On this date in 1869, the Suez Canal opened. 

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

The Suez Canal links the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, and cuts 4,300 miles off the shipping distance from Europe …

Skylab: America's First Space Station

November 16th, 2016

5:22
 

On this date in 1973, the third and final crew of the U.S. space station Skylab launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Here are a few things you may not have known about Skylab and other space stations.

Burning of Atlanta and Sherman's March to the Sea

November 15th, 2016

6:26
 

On this date in 1864, the Union general William Tecumseh Sherman began his March to the Sea following the burning of Atlanta.

Here are some things …

Veterans Day, Remembrance Day and Armistice Day

November 11th, 2016

4:03
 

Today is Veterans Day in the United States, Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, and Armistice Day in other countries.

Here are …

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

November 10th, 2016

5:05

On this date in 1975, the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior.

Here are some things you may not have known about the ship and its sinking.

When it was launched, the Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest ship …

Presidential Travel: Going Around the World

November 9th, 2016

3:48
  On this date in 1906, Theodore Roosevelt became the first American president to travel outside the United States while in office.   Here are some facts you may not have known about presidential travel.   Roosevelt …

Presidential Elections: Six Things You Might Not Have Known

November 8th, 2016

5:41
 

Today is Election Day in the United States.

Here are some things you may not have known about presidential elections.

First off, voters aren’t really voting for candidates, they’re voting for electors. Those electors …

Tacoma Narrows Bridge: The Ballad of Galloping Gertie

November 7th, 2016

5:15
 

On this date in 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed in a windstorm.

Here are some things you may not have known about the bridge known as …

King Tut: Short Life of the Boy King

November 4th, 2016

4:24
 

On this date in 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen.

Here are some things you may not have known …

Cubs win: The Story of the Curse of the Billy Goat

November 3rd, 2016

2:56

This episode was originally published on Oct. 6, 2015.

Godzilla: Terrorizing the World Since 1954

November 3rd, 2016

4:18
 

On this date in 1954, the first Godzilla movie premiered in Japan.

Here are some things you may not of known about it.

Toho, the company that produced Godzilla, was originally slated to do a movie about the Japanese …

The Dakotas: Six Things You Probably Didn't Know

November 2nd, 2016

4:08
 

On this date in 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states in the US.

Here are six things you may not have known about the Dakotas.

The states were admitted at the same time, but because North …

Movie Ratings: 'X' Marks the What?

November 1st, 2016

5:50

On this date in 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America introduced its first rating system.

Here are 10 things you may not have known about …

Weather Extremes: Five Things You Didn't Know

October 31st, 2016

5:11
 

On this date in 1923, the town of Marble Bar, Australia, began a record-setting streak of 160 days with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above. 

Here are some things you may not have known about temperature …

Tickertape Parades: A Salute to Heroes

October 28th, 2016

4:25
 

On this date in in 1886 the first tickertape parade was held in New York City.

Here are some things you may not of known about tickertape parades.

Bugs in the Embassy: A Diplomatic Incident

October 27th, 2016

3:39
 

On this date in 1985, construction on the new American Embassy in Moscow was suspended after listening devices were discovered.

Here are some things you may not have known about the diplomatic incident.

Construction …

Pony Express: A Legendary 19-Month Failure

October 26th, 2016

4:31

On this date in 1861, the Pony Express ceased operations after a 19-month run. 

Here are some things you may not of known about the old west mail …

Charge of the Light Brigade: Into the Valley of Death

October 25th, 2016

5:00
 

On this date in 1854, a hopelessly overmatched British cavalry unit, charged into battle against the Russians during the Crimean War.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Niagara Falls Stunts: Five Things You Didn't Know

October 24th, 2016

6:01
 

On this date in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Here are five things you probably didn’t …

Kamikaze: Five Things You Didn't Know

October 21st, 2016

4:31
USS Bunker Hill was hit by kamikaze pilots on May 11, 1945. 389 personnel were killed or missing and 264 wounded from a crew of 2,600. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1944, the first Kamikaze attack …

"Save the Last Dance for Me": The Story Behind the Song

October 20th, 2016

4:50

On this date in 1960, the song “Save the Last Dance For Me” by The Drifters hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Here are some things you might not have known about the song.

It’s a song you’ve probably heard a million …

Battle of Yorktown: The End of the Revolutionary War

October 19th, 2016

4:08
 

On this date in 1781, British Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington, effectively ending the American Revolutionary …

Eva Peron: A Long Journey in Death

October 18th, 2016

5:06
 

On this date in 1945 Juan Peron, the future president of Argentina, married Eva Peron.

Here are eight things you may not have known about the woman …

Theodore Roosevelt Shot, Finishes Speech

October 14th, 2016

5:04
 

On this date in 1912, former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was shot before giving a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Here are some …

Columbus Day Storm: Six Things You Didn't Know

October 13th, 2016

4:53
 

On this date in 1962, the western coast of the United States and Canada was hit by what is said to be the strongest storm in the region’s recorded history.

Here are some things you may not have known about the …

6 Things You Didn't Know About 5-Star Generals

October 11th, 2016

4:50
 

On this date in 1976, George Washington was posthumously promoted to the rank of General of the Armies of the United States by President Gerald Ford.

Here are six things you might not known about the highest ranks in …

Great Chicago Fire: Five Things You Didn't Know

October 10th, 2016

4:23
 

On this date in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire ended after burning for two days.

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

• The fire started at about 9 p.m. on October 8, 1871, in or near a barn owned by …

KLM: World's Oldest Airline

October 7th, 2016

4:15
 

On this date in 1919, KLM, the national airline of the Netherlands was founded. It is the oldest airline operating under its original name.

Here …

"The Jazz Singer": Hollywood's First Words

October 6th, 2016

4:14
 

On this date in 1927, “The Jazz Singer,” the first feature-length film with synchronized sound debuted.

Here are some things you may not have known …

PBS: Five Things You Didn't Know

October 5th, 2016

4:44

On this date in 1970, The Public Broadcasting Service launched in the United States.

Here are some things you may not have known about PBS.

It’s not a network, per se. It’s a program distributor, which receives payment …

Mount Rushmore: History Carved in Stone

October 4th, 2016

4:46
 

On this date in 1927, construction began on Mount Rushmore.

Here are some things you may not have known about the monument.

The original idea was to depict western heroes like Buffalo Bill Cody and explorers Lewis and …

Shot Heard 'Round the World: Giants Win the Pennant

October 3rd, 2016

5:42
 

On this date in 1951, Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball history.

Here are some things you may not have known about “The Shot Heard ’Round the World.”

On August 10, …

Berlin Airlift: A Lifeline for a City

September 30th, 2016

6:18
 

On this date in 1949, the Berlin Airlift ended.

Here are some things you may not have known about the effort to keep West Berlin supplied during a …

Washington National Cathedral: The Nation's House of Prayer

September 29th, 2016

4:30
 

On this date in 1907, construction began on the Washington National Cathedral. In 1990, construction was completed.

Here are some things you may not of known about what is known as America's "National House of Prayer."

Around the World by Airplane in 175 Days

September 28th, 2016

4:36

On this date in 1924, the first aerial circumnavigation of the world was completed.

Here are some things you don’t know about the feat.

Two years …

Model T: The Everyman's Automobile

September 27th, 2016

5:34
 

On this date in 1908, the first Ford Model T left the factory.

Here are some things you may not have known about the iconic car.

Contrary to …

Presidential Debates: A Short History Long on Influence

September 26th, 2016

7:38
 

On this date in 1960, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the first presidential general election debate.

Here are some things you …

Bob Marley: One Love For Music

September 23rd, 2016

5:46

On this date in 1980, Bob Marley played what would be his final concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Here are some things you may not have known …

National Geographic Magazine: 9 Things You Didn't Know

September 22nd, 2016

4:16
 

On this date in 1888, the first issue of National Geographic magazine was published.

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

The magazine is now known for its use of vivid photography. That wasn’t always …

"The Hobbit": 5 Things You Didn't Know

September 21st, 2016

4:58
 

On this date in 1937, “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien was published for the first time.

Here are some things you may not have known about the book.

RMS Olympic: An Inauspicious Start for Titanic's Sister

September 20th, 2016

5:01
 

On this date in 1911, the RMS Olympic collided with the HMS Hawke off the Isle of Wight.

Here are some things you may not have known about the …

Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park, 35 Years Later

September 19th, 2016

6:01
 

On this date in 1981, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel played their landmark “Concert in Central Park.”

Here are some things you may not have known …

Mexican Independence Day Isn't On May 5th

September 16th, 2016

4:45
 

Today is Mexican Independence Day. Here are some things you may not have known about it.

As you’re hopefully aware, today is not the 5th of May. …

Khrushchev Visits the United States

September 15th, 2016

6:01
 

On this date in 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev began a two-week tour of the United States.

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

Khrushchev’s visit was preceded by American Vice President …

Hoagies, Heroes, Subs and Grinders

September 14th, 2016

5:16
 

Today is National Eat a Hoagie Day.

Here are some things you may not have known about the sandwiches.

“Hoagie” is a term used mainly in the Philadelphia region for a submarine sandwich.

Regionally in the U.S., they’re …

Phineas Gage: A Story of Survival

September 13th, 2016

6:06
 

On this date in 1848, Phineas Gage survived an accident in which an iron rod was driven through his head.

Here are some things you may not have known about him.

Gage was a railroad construction foreman, who was …

"Bonanza": The Old West in Living Color

September 12th, 2016

5:20

On this date in 1959, the television show “Bonanza” premiered.

Here are some things you may not have known about the landmark Western program.

The series focused on Ben Cartwright and his three sons. Each of the sons …

Traffic Safety: An American Success Story

September 9th, 2016

5:01

On this date in 1966, the U.S. National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was signed into law.

Here are some things you may not have known about traffic safety.

Between 1925 and 1965, the annual number of motor …

Scotch Tape: 5 Things You Didn't Know

September 8th, 2016

4:16

On this date in 1930, the 3M company introduced Scotch Tape.

Here are some things you may not have known about the adhesive tapes.

Until 2002, 3M stood for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. The company was founded in …

Pro Football Hall of Fame: Five Things You Didn't Know

September 7th, 2016

4:18
 

On this date in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio. 

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

Canton was chosen as the site of the Hall of Fame because the predecessor of the NFL, …

Grocery Stores: Everything In One Place

September 6th, 2016

4:58
 

On this date in 1916, Piggly Wiggly, the first self-service grocery store in the United States, opened its doors in Memphis, Tennessee.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the history of grocery stores.

Labor Day: Celebrating Workers Since 1894

September 5th, 2016

4:24

Put away your white clothes and seersucker, today is Labor Day in the United States and Canada.

Here are some things you may not have known about the …

Theodore Roosevelt and the Big Stick

September 2nd, 2016

4:45

On this date in 1901, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt used the phrase "Speak softly and carry a big stick" for the first time in public.

Here are some things you may not have known about Roosevelt and "big stick …

St. Petersburg: Russia's Gateway to the West

September 1st, 2016

5:09
 

On this date in 1914, the city of St. Petersburg, Russia was renamed Petrograd.

Here are some things you may not have known about St. Petersburg and its frequently changing name.

The city was founded in 1703 by Czar …

Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

August 31st, 2016

5:48

On this date in 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris.

Here are some things you may not have known about the events of that night.

Diana had spent the previous nine days with her companion …

Gene Wilder: Behind the Scenes of "Blazing Saddles"

August 30th, 2016

6:16
 

On Monday, actor Gene Wilder died at the age of 83 of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Here are a few things you may not have known about one of his most memorable movies, “Blazing Saddles.”

Wilder played Jim, …

Goodyear: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

August 29th, 2016

5:30

On this date in 1898, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded.

Here are some things you may not have known about Goodyear.

The company was not founded by Charles Goodyear, who was credited with inventing …

Kindergarten: A Learning Experience

August 26th, 2016

5:20

On this date in 1876, the school board of St. Louis, Missouri, authorized the first kindergarten at a public school in the United States.

Here are …

100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service

August 25th, 2016

5:00
 

On this date in 1916, the U.S. National Park Service was formed.

Here are some things you may not have known about the national parks of the United States.

If you remember our first, episode, back in March 2015, …

Eruption of Mount Vesuvius

August 24th, 2016

4:52

On this date in the year 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying several towns, most notably Pompeii.

Here are some things you may not know about Vesuvius.

There is disagreement over the exact date of the eruption. Some …

No Show Today: Internet Connection Issues

August 23rd, 2016

0:09

Due to Internet connection issues, there won't be an episode of the Trivia Minute today.

We hope to have the situation resolved in time for …

Presidential Cars: White House on Wheels

August 22nd, 2016

5:52

On this date in 1902, Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to ride in an automobile in public.

Here are some things you may not know about presidential cars.

Roosevelt’s predecessor William McKinley was …

Indianapolis: The World's First Speedway

August 19th, 2016

7:06
 

On this date in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway played host to its first auto race.

Here are some things you may not have known about the …

19th Amendment: Women Gain the Right to Vote

August 18th, 2016

4:35
Today is the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which gave women the right to vote.

Here are some things you may not have known about the amendment.

Campaign Memorabilia: Buttons, Bumper Stickers and More

August 17th, 2016

4:59
 

Campaign memorabilia in the United States dates back to the beginning of American democracy.

The first campaign buttons were actual buttons sewed on to clothing. Buttons were given out for George Washington’s first …

Klondike Gold Rush: Get Rich or Die Tryin'

August 16th, 2016

6:26
On this date in 1896, gold was discovered in a tributary of the Klondike River in the Yukon Territory of Canada.

Here are some things you may not …

Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music

August 15th, 2016

5:49

On this date in 1969, the Woodstock festival opened in upstate New York.

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

It wasn’t held in Woodstock. It was originally planned for Woodstock, but local residents …

"Wizard of Oz": What You Don't Know About a Classic

August 12th, 2016

6:30
 

On this date in 1939, “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Here are some things you may not have known about the landmark film.

Fire Sprinklers: The Best Defense is an Early Defense

August 11th, 2016

5:47
 

On this date in 1874, the first automatic fire sprinkler head was patented.

Here are a few things you may not have known about sprinklers.

The first fire sprinkler in recorded history was designed by Leonardo da …

Electoral College: The Complicated Way to Pick a President

August 10th, 2016

10:00
 

In 2000, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore won the popular vote, but was not elected president. How does something like that happen, you …

Singapore: From Unwanted Island to Economic Power

August 9th, 2016

4:50
 

On this date in 1965, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia, becoming the only country to earn its independence unwillingly.

Here are some things you may not have known about the world's only island city-state.

Airships: From Blimps to Zeppelins

August 8th, 2016

7:08
 

On this date in 1929, the Graf Zeppelin began its round-the-world flight.

Here are some things you may not have known about Zeppelins, blimps and other types of airships.

Airships, also known as dirigibles, are …

American Bandstand: The Televised Dance Party

August 4th, 2016

5:50
 

On this date in 1957, “American Bandstand” premiered on national television.

Here are some things you may not have known about the long-running music show.

The show started on a local Philadelphia TV station in 1950. …

Champagne: Bubbles Weren't The Plan

August 4th, 2016

5:56
 

August 4, 1693, is the traditional date given for the invention of Champagne by monk Dom Perignon.

Here are some things you may not have known about Champagne.

First off, Perignon didn’t invent sparkling wine. 

Election Special: Third Parties

August 3rd, 2016

7:50

The American political system is dominated by two major parties, the Democrats on the left, and the Republicans on the right. However other parties …

Cable Cars: A San Francisco Icon

August 2nd, 2016

6:46
 

On this date in 1873, the first cable car in San Francisco began operating.

Here are some things you may not have known about the Bay Area icon.

San Francisco’s first cable car system ran along Clay Street from Kearny …

MTV: "Video Killed the Radio Star"

August 1st, 2016

6:46
 

With the song “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles, MTV went on the air for the first time 35 years ago today.

Here are some things you may not have known about MTV.

MTV billed itself as the first 24-hour …

NASA Inventions: From Space to You

July 29th, 2016

5:12

On this date in 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Space and Aeronautics Act, which authorized the formation of NASA.

Here are a …

Bonus Army: Protesting for Veterans Benefits

July 28th, 2016

5:04

On this date in 1932, U.S. President Herbert Hoover ordered the army to forcibly evict a group of veterans which had gathered in Washington, D.C.

Here are some things you may not have known about the Bonus Army.

In …

Election Special: Political Conventions

July 27th, 2016

7:03
 

On this week’s election special we look at the history of the Democratic and Republican presidential nominating conventions.

The Democrats have convened this week in Philadelphia and picked Hillary Clinton as their …

Esperanto: A Language for the World

July 26th, 2016

4:31
 

On this date in 1887, a book called “Dr. Esperanto’s International Language” was published for the first time.

Here are some things you may not have known about the language that came to be known as Esperanto.

It is …

In Vitro Fertilization: Giving Couples Hope

July 25th, 2016

4:34

On this date in 1978, Louise Brown, the first child conceived through in vitro fertilization or IVF, was born.

Here are some things you may not have known about what were known as “test-tube babies.”

The first thing to …

John Dillinger: Public Enemy Number One

July 22nd, 2016

6:48

On this date in 1934, gangster John Dillinger was killed in a shootout with law enforcement outside a Chicago theater.

Here are some things you may not have known about “Public Enemy No. 1.”

John Dillinger was born in …

Ernest Hemingway: Larger Than Life

July 21st, 2016

6:43
 

On this date in 1899, writer Ernest Hemingway was born.

Here are some things you may not have known about him.

He was born in a suburb of Chicago. His father was a doctor and his mother was a musician. 

Hemingway had …

Freeways: Life in the Fast Lane

July 20th, 2016

4:56

On this date in 1940, California opened its first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway.

Here are some things you may not have known about freeways.

Jane Grey: The Nine-Day Queen of England

July 19th, 2016

6:11

On this date in 1553, the disputed nine-day reign of Lady Jane Grey as Queen of England ended.

Here are some things you may not have known about the shortest reign in British history.

Jane Grey was born in either 1536 …

The 'Glory' Regiment: Leading the Way

July 18th, 2016

6:46

On this date in 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry was defeated in the second battle of Fort Wagner, near Charleston, South Carolina.

Here’s a few …

Boeing: Soaring Since 1916

July 15th, 2016

6:49

Today is the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Boeing Company.

Here are some things you may not have known about the world’s largest aerospace company.

The company was founded as Pacific Aero Products Co. by …

Big Money: Who Needs a $10,000 Bill?

July 14th, 2016

5:16
On this date in 1969, the United States retired all currency above $100.

Here are some things you may not have known about large denomination …

Hollywood Sign: Above It All Since 1923

July 13th, 2016

4:43

On this date in 1923, the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles was dedicated.

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

Originally the sign read …

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond

July 12th, 2016

4:25

On this date in 1862, the Medal of Honor was authorized by the United States Congress.

Here are some things you may not have known about America’s highest military honor.

The medal is sometimes known as the …

Hamilton: The World Was Wide Enough

July 11th, 2016

8:18

On this date in 1804, former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton was shot in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.

Here are some things you may not have known about the duel.

Alexander Hamilton was born in the …

Wall Street Journal: Financial News since 1889

July 8th, 2016

4:06
 

On this date in 1889, the Wall Street Journal was published for the first time.

Here are some things you may not have known about the newspaper.

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate

July 7th, 2016

6:00

Today is International Chocolate Day.

Here are some things you may not have known about chocolate.

Chocolate is made from the cacao tree, which …

Louis Pasteur: Saving Lives, One Microbe at a Time #history #trivia #podcasts

July 6th, 2016

5:30
Louis Pasteur (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1885, Louis Pasteur tested his vaccine for rabies on a boy who had been bitten by a rabid dog.

Here are some things you may not have known about Pasteur.

Secret Service: Protecting the President and Catching Counterfeiters #history #trivia #podcasts

July 5th, 2016

4:45
Secret Service agents providing security for Pope Benedict XVI in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jcs27 via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1865, the United States Secret Service was formed.

Here are some things you …

Fireworks: A Fire in the Sky #history #trivia #podcasts

July 4th, 2016

4:38
(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is Independence Day in the United States.

Here are some things you may not have known about fireworks.

The history of fireworks can be traced to the seventh century in China, …

Tour de France: A Long Ride #history #trivia #podcasts

July 1st, 2016

5:20

On this date in 1903, the first Tour de France bicycle race began in Paris.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the Tour de France.

The 1903 race was sponsored by a sports newspaper called L’Auto as a …

Asteroids: A Threat from Space #history #trivia #podcasts

June 30th, 2016

4:48
A 1929 photo of trees knocked over by a meteorite blast in 1908 near Tunguska, Russia. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is Asteroid Day, marking the anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska Event, the largest asteroid …

Apple I: Function over Form #history #trivia #podcasts

June 29th, 2016

4:23
An Apple I computer with a homemade case (Photo by Ed Uthman via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1975, Steve Wozniak tested the first prototype of the Apple I computer.

Here are some things you may not have …

Saxophone: A Bridge Between Woodwinds and Brass #history #trivia #podcasts

June 28th, 2016

4:34
Lisa Simpson playing her saxophone from "The Simpsons." (Image from FOX)

On this date in 1846, Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone.

Here are …

O Canada: The True North Strong and Free #podcasts #trivia #history

June 24th, 2016

3:48

On this date in 1880, "O Canada" was performed for the first time.

Here are some things you may not have known about the Canadian national anthem.

First: The lyrics were originally written in French to celebrate Saint …

Title IX: Ensuring Equal Rights in Education #trivia #podcasts #history

June 23rd, 2016

5:44
Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Indiana, exercises with athletes at Purdue University in the 1970s. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1972, Title IX of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to prohibit …

Cuyahoga River: From Flames to Fish #history #trivia #podcasts

June 22nd, 2016

5:30
Cuyahoga River fire of 1952. There are no known photos of the 1969 fire.

On this date in 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, caught fire.

Here are some things you may not have known about what was once …

Greenland: It's Not As Big As You Think #podcasts #trivia #history

June 21st, 2016

4:47
Flag of Greenland (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 2009, Greenland assumed self-rule as an autonomous region of Denmark.

Here are …

Hotline: Linking Washington to Moscow Since 1963 #history #trivia #podcasts

June 20th, 2016

6:01
A non-dial "Red Phone" which is on display in the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. This telephone is actually a prop, erroneously representing the hotline between Washington and Moscow. (Photo by Piotrus via …

Iceland: A Northern Light #trivia #podcasts #history

June 17th, 2016

6:32
Colorful rooftops in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. (Photo by Bjorn Giesenbauer via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1944, Iceland …

Roller Coasters: Going for a Ride Since 1884 #podcasts #trivia #history

June 16th, 2016

5:56
The Scenic Railway at Luna Park in Melbourne, Australia (Photo by Stevage via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1884, the first purpose-built …

Blood Transfusions: Saving Lives One Pint at a Time #history #trivia #podcasts

June 15th, 2016

6:27
Plastic bag  containing red blood cells in citrate, phosphate, dextrose, and adenine (CPDA) solution (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date …

Ballpoint Pens: Writing the Future #podcasts #trivia #history

June 10th, 2016

4:41
Four blue, red, black and green BIC pens and four pen caps. (Photo by Carlos Delgado via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1943, a patent for the ballpoint pen was awarded to Laszlo Biro.

Here are some things you …

Donald Duck: Second Billing to No One #trivia #history #podcasts

June 6th, 2016

3:19
Donald Duck (Image from Disney)

On June 9, 1934, Donald Duck made his debut in the Disney animated short "The Wise Little Hen."

Here are some things you may not have known about Donald.

First, Donald Duck has …

Porsche: Making Cars Since 1948 #history #trivia #podcast

June 6th, 2016

4:06
A 1948 Porsche 356 (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On June 8, 1948, Ferdinand Porsche completed the first prototype of his namesake sports car.

Here are some things you may not have known about Porsche and his cars.

Graceland: At Home with Elvis #history #trivia #podcast

June 6th, 2016

3:31
Graceland (Photo by Joseph Novak via Wikimedia Commons)

On June 7, 1982, Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, was opened to the public.

Here are some things you may not know about the Memphis mansion.

Muhammad Ali: 1942-2016 #history #podcasts #trivia #ripAli

June 6th, 2016

4:46
Muhammad Ali in 1966. (Photo from The Dutch National Archive via Wikimedia Commons)

On Friday, former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, possibly the biggest sports star of all-time, died at the age of 74 …

Mmmmm, Doughnuts #history #trivia #podcasts

June 3rd, 2016

3:57
A plain glazed donut. (Photo by Evan-Amos via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is National Doughnut Day.

Here are some things you may not have known about the event and the confectionery itself.

National Doughnut Day was …

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II #history #podcast #trivia

June 2nd, 2016

4:20
Appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the coronation (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Get your free 30-day trial of Audible at triviapeople.com/audible

On this date in 1953, the coronation of Queen …

Scotchy Scotch Scotch: Down Into My Belly #history #trivia #podcasts

June 1st, 2016

4:22
Various Scotch whiskies (Photo by Chris Huh via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1495, the first first official record of the production of Scotch whisky was made.

Here are some things you may not have known …

Alaska Pipeline: Moving Oil Since 1977 #history #trivia #podcasts

May 31st, 2016

5:36
The Alaska Pipeline zigzags about 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Alaska. (Photo by Luca Galuzzi via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1977, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was completed.

Here are some …

Centralia Mine Fire: Burning Since 1962 #history #podcasts #trivia

May 27th, 2016

5:03
A plume of smoke wafts from the ground in Centralia, Pennsylvania, site of an underground coal fire in 2007. (Photo by Mredden via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1962, a mine fire under the town of Centralia, …

Kaspar Hauser: Feral Child or Scheming Codger? #history #trivia #podcasts

May 26th, 2016

5:59
Kaspar Hauser painting by Johann Friedrich Carl Kreul (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1828, an alleged feral child named Kaspar …

Gateway Arch: Welcome to the West #history #podcasts #trivia

May 25th, 2016

4:38
The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. (Photo by Daniel Schwen via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, was dedicated.

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

The …

Concorde: Faster Than the Speed of Sound #history #trivia #podcasts

May 24th, 2016

5:50
A British Airways Concorde. (Photo by Eduard Marmet via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1976, the first Concorde flight between London and Washington, D.C. took place.

Here are some things you may not have …

Turtles: Who Doesn't Like Them? #trivia #history #podcasts

May 23rd, 2016

4:40
Photograph of St Helena tortoise Jonathan in around 1885. Jonathan is still alive today. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is World Turtle Day. Here are some things you may not have known about them.

Turtles are …

Canada's National Parks: Grandeur on Display #history #trivia #podcasts

May 19th, 2016

3:57
Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada (Photo by Gorgo via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1911, the world’s first national parks service was founded in Canada.

Here are some …

Sports Broadcasting: Spreading the News Since 1921 #trivia #history #podcasts

May 17th, 2016

4:08
Johnny Ray, center, was one of the participants in the first sporting event to be broadcast on the radio. (Image via OldRadio.org)

On this date in 1939, the first live television broadcast of a sporting event in …

Uh-Oh, 51 Years of SpaghettiOs #podcasts #trivia #history @Campbells

May 16th, 2016

4:17
A closeup of SpaghettiOs.

On this date in 1965, SpaghettiOs were introduced.

Here are some things you may not have known about the convenience food and other similar products.

For those that don’t know, …

Around the World in an Amphibious Car #history #trivia #podcasts

May 13th, 2016

6:30
Half-Safe travels past the Statue of Liberty with Elinore Carlin atop and Ben Carlin at the helm. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1958, Ben Carlin became the first, and so far only, person to …

Alcoholics Anonymous: Helping Since 1935 #history #trivia #podcasts

May 12th, 2016

7:01
The logo of Alcoholics Anonymous (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1935, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith met for the first time, …

What's the Deal with Luxembourg? #history #podcasts #trivia

May 11th, 2016

6:00
Luxembourg City (Photo by By Martin Röll via Wikipedia)

On this date in 1867, Luxembourg gained its independence. At just under 1,000 square miles, it’s considered by some to be the largest European microstate.

Shakespeare Riot: Guns, Fire and Macbeth #podcasts #trivia #history

May 10th, 2016

7:26
The Astor Place Riot (Image from New York Public Library via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1849, about 25 people were killed and more than …

European Union: United for Peace #history #podcasts #trivia

May 9th, 2016

4:56
The Flag of Europe

Today is Europe Day, the anniversary of the first major step toward what is now known as the European Union.

Here are some …

Roger Bannister: Breaking the Four-Minute Mile #history #podcasts #trivia

May 6th, 2016

7:08
Roger Bannister crosses the finish line after breaking the four-minute barrier in the mile. (Image via Pinterest)

On this date in 1954, Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in less than four …

Three Stooges: Making Them Laugh Since 1934 #history #podcasts #trivia

May 5th, 2016

5:35
The Three Stooges in 1938. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1934, the first Three Stooges short film was released.

Here are some things you may not have known about the classic comedy trio.

The …

Rolls-Royce: History on the Road and in the Air #history #podcasts #trivia

May 4th, 2016

6:01
20/25 Rolls-Royce Limousine. (Photo by Ed Callow via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1904, Charles Stewart Rolls met Frederick Henry Royce …

Washington, D.C.: A Capital Idea #history #podcasts #trivia

May 3rd, 2016

4:40
The United States Capitol in Washington,D.C. (Photoby UpstateNYer via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1802, Washington D.C. was incorporated as …

King James Bible: The Standard Since 1611 #history #podcasts #trivia

May 2nd, 2016

4:56
Frontispiece to the King James' Bible, 1611, shows the Twelve Apostles at the top. Moses and Aaron flank the central text. In the four corners sit Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, authors of the four gospels, with …

Casey Jones: You'd Better Watch Your Speed #history #trivia #podcasts #archive

April 30th, 2016

2:16

(Originally published in 2015)

Today marks the 115th anniversary of the death of legendary train engineer Casey Jones.

Here are some things you may not know about Casey Jones:

One: On board engine number 382, Jones and …

3D: Your Eyes are Playing Tricks on You #trivia #history #podcasts

April 29th, 2016

5:24
Audience wearing special glasses watch a 3D "stereoscopic film" at the Telekinema on the South Bank in London during the Festival of Britain 1951. (Photo from UK National Archives via Wikimedia Commons)

On this …

Occupation of Japan: 1945-52 #trivia #history #podcasts

April 28th, 2016

4:31
Gaetano Faillace's photo of Douglas MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1952, the Allied occupation …

Palace of Westminster: Seat of British Government since 1016 #history #trivia #podcasts

April 27th, 2016

5:33
The Palace of Westminster in London as seen from the London Eye. (Photo by Marcus Michelson)

On this date in 1840, the foundation stone of the new Palace of Westminster was laid in London.

Here are some things you …

Chernobyl: 30 Years Later #history #trivia #podcasts

April 26th, 2016

5:43
Chernobyl reactor 4 with containment sarcophagus. (Photo by Carl Montgomery via Wikimedia Commons)

Thirty years ago today, a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union exploded, causing the …

License Plates: Identifying Vehicles Since 1893 #history #trivia #podcasts

April 25th, 2016

4:12
Canada's Northwest Territories license plate cut in the shape of a polar bear. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1901, New York …

Archive: Annie Oakley Gets Her Gun #history #trivia #podcasts

April 23rd, 2016

1:47

130 years ago, Annie Oakley was hired to join Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.

Here are a few things you may not have known about Annie Oakley.

One: Her real name was probably Phoebe Ann Moses. Or Mosey, Or Mauzy. She …

Archive: Introducing New Coke! #history #trivia #podcasts

April 23rd, 2016

1:55

Thirty years ago, the Coca-Cola Company introduced New Coke, replacing the formula of its flagship soft drink.

Here are some things you may not have …

Earth Day: Helping Save Our Planet #history #trivia #podcasts

April 22nd, 2016

4:04
Earth as seen from Apollo 17 in 1972. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1970, Earth Day was celebrated for the first time.

Here are …

Loch Ness Monster: Missing since 1933 #history #trivia #podcasts

April 21st, 2016

5:36
A photo of the alleged Loch Ness Monster. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1934, what went on to become known as the most famous photo of the purported Loch Ness Monster was published in The Daily Mail.

Wrigley Field: Home of the Cubs for 100 Years #history #podcasts #trivia

April 20th, 2016

5:09
The marquee at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Photo by Buster7 via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Cubs' first game played at what is now Wrigley Field.

Here are some things you may not …

Lexington and Concord: The Start of Independence #trivia #podcasts #history

April 19th, 2016

5:52
An engraving of the Battle of Lexington (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the …

Name Game: Country Edition #history #podcasts #trivia

April 18th, 2016

3:50
Flag of Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1980, the Republic of Zimbabwe came into existence, replacing Rhodesia.

Here are a few facts about countries that have been …

Rand McNally: The Lost Episode #trivia #podcasts #history

April 18th, 2016

4:01

On this date in 1924, Rand McNally published its first road atlas.

Here are some things you may not have known about the company that went on to become synonymous with road maps in the United States.

The company was …

Black Sunday: The Worst Storm of the Dust Bowl #history #podcasts #trivia

April 14th, 2016

5:16
Black Sunday dust storm approaches Beaver, Oklahoma, on April 14, 1935. (Photo via U.S. National Archives)

On this date in 1935, the Black Sunday dust storm pummeled the panhandles of the states of Oklahoma and …

Department Stores: Everything in One Place #history #trivia #podcasts

April 13th, 2016

4:30
The J.C. Penney "Mother Store" in Kemmerer, Wyo. (Photo by Bernd00 via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1902, James Cash Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

Here are some things you may not have …

Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space #history #podcasts #trivia

April 12th, 2016

5:10
Ukrainian postage stamp from 2011 commemorating the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic flight into space. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

55 years ago today, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to travel …

Stone of Scone: Scotland's Seat of Kings #history #podcasts #trivia

April 11th, 2016

4:31
A replica of the Stone of Scone at Scone Palace, Scotland (Image by Bubobubo2 via Wikimedia Commons) 

On this date in 1951, the Stone of Scone, also known as the the Stone of Destiny and  the Coronation Stone was …

Celebrities in Politics: Stars in Office #history #trivia #podcasts

April 8th, 2016

4:01
Ronald Reagan's official presidential portrait from 1981. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 30th anniversary of actor and director Clint Eastwood being elected as mayor of Carmel, California. Here are some …

Beer: America's Tipple of Choice #history #trivia #podcasts

April 7th, 2016

5:43
(Image by Sam via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is National Beer Day in the United States.

Here are some things you may not have known about the …

Eurovision Song Contest: A Musical Spectacle #history #podcasts #trivia

April 6th, 2016

4:59
ABBA performing "Waterloo" during the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.

On this date in 1974, ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with their song “Waterloo.”

Here are some things you might not known about the contest.

Easter Island: More Than Just Stone Statues #history #trivia #podcasts

April 5th, 2016

4:44
Easter Island moai at Ahu Tongariki (Image by Bjorn Christian Torrissen via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1722, a Dutch explorer became the first European to land on Easter Island.

Here are some things you may …

World Trade Center: Before 9/11 #history #trivia #podcasts

April 4th, 2016

5:55
The World Trade Center as seen from the South in July 2001. (Image by Brandon McCombs via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1973, the World …

Archive: First Handheld Mobile Phone Call #history #podcasts #trivia

April 3rd, 2016

2:02

(Originally published April 3, 2015)

On April 3, 1973, the first handheld mobile phone call was made.

Here are some things you might not know about …

Archive: Falklands Islands War #history #trivia #podcasts

April 2nd, 2016

1:56

(Originally published April 2, 2015)

Today is the 33rd anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory also claimed by Argentina. The invasion sparked the Falklands War.

Here …

Gadsden Lapse: Watch Out for the Details #podcasts #trivia #history

April 1st, 2016

3:45
The skyline of Tucson, Ariz., the largest city in the Gadsden Purchase area. (Photo by Zereshk via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1953, …

Eiffel Tower: Beating the Odds #history #podcasts #trivia

March 31st, 2016

5:16
The Eiffel Tower illuminated in the colors of the French Flag following the terrorist attacks of Nov. 13, 2015 (Photo by Christophe …

Jeopardy: Answers and Questions #history #podcasts #trivia #trebek

March 30th, 2016

5:31

On this date in 1964, “Jeopardy!” debuted on NBC.

Here are some things you may not have known about the long-running game show.

The original …

Coca-Cola: The Real Thing Since 1886 #history #podcasts #trivia

March 29th, 2016

4:14

Today is the 130th anniversary of the creation of the first batch of Coca-Cola.

Here are some things you may not know about the world’s most popular …

Washing Machines: Domestic Industrial Revolution #podcasts #history #trivia

March 28th, 2016

4:50

On this date in 1797, Nathaniel Griggs of New Hampshire was granted the first American patent for a washing machine.

Here are some things you may not have known about washing machines.

Before the invention of washing …

Archives: Typhoid Mary: Spreading Disease #history #podcasts #trivia

March 27th, 2016

2:22

Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary, was quarantined on March 27, 1915.

Here are a few things you might not know about Typhoid Mary, the first person identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid fever:

One: She worked …

Archives: Sandra Day O'Connor: A Supreme Court Pioneer #history #trivia #podcasts

March 26th, 2016

1:56

(Originally published March 26, 2015)

March 26th marks the 85th birthday of former United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female jurist appointed to that position.

Here are three things you …

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: A Turning Point for Labor in America #podcasts #history #trivia

March 25th, 2016

5:42
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911 in New York City's Greenwich Village. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 105th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City.

Here …

Exxon Valdez: An Oil Spill Nightmare #history #podcasts #trivia

March 24th, 2016

5:41
The Exxon Valdez sits in place in Prince Williams Sound after running aground. The Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, March 24, 1989, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil, …

Elevators: Going Up! #history #podcasts #trivia

March 23rd, 2016

4:12
The E. V. Haughwout Building on Broadway at the corner of Broome Street was built in 1856-57 and was the site of the first commercial elevator. (Photo by Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1857, …

Clint Malarchuk: A Gruesome Injury #history #podcasts #trivia

March 22nd, 2016

4:44

On this date in 1989, Clint Malarchuk, the goalie of the Buffalo Sabres, suffered one of the most horrific injuries in sports history.

Here are some things you may not have known about Malarchuk, that night and the …

Burned at the Stake: Dying for Religion #podcasts #history #trivia

March 21st, 2016

5:44
Portrait of Thomas Cranmer By Gerlach Flicke (National Portrait Gallery via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1556, the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer was burned at the stake.

Here are some things you may …

Archive -- Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race #history #trivia #podcasts

March 19th, 2016

1:40
Dogs pull a sled during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Frank Kovalchek via Wikimedia …

Archive -- Gambling in Nevada #podcasts #history #trivia

March 19th, 2016

2:05

Today is the 84th anniversary of the legalization of gambling in the state of Nevada.

Here are three things you may not know about gambling in Nevada.

• In part, you have civil engineering to thank for the casinos of …

Ben & Jerry's: An Ice Cream Story #history #podcasts #trivia

March 18th, 2016

4:16

Today is the birthday of Ben Cohen, one of the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Here are some things you may not have known about the company and its founders.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield met in gym class …

Empire State Building: An Art Deco Masterpiece #history #podcasts #trivia

March 17th, 2016

3:48
Griffins stand guard over the main entrance to the Empire State Building in New York City. (Photo by Ingfbruno via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1930, construction began on the Empire State Building in New …

Jerry Lewis: Entertaining for 85 years #history #podcasts #trivia

March 16th, 2016

6:00
Jerry Lewis

Today is the 90th birthday of entertainer Jerry Lewis.

Here are some things you may not have known about him.

Joseph Levitch was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey. His father was a vaudeville …

Archive: Naming of Harvard #history #podcasts #trivia

March 14th, 2016

1:52

March 13 marks the 376th anniversary of the naming of Harvard College.

Originally founded as "New College" in 1636 by the Massachusetts Bay Colony, …

Cotton Gin: Unintended Consequences #history #podcasts #trivia

March 14th, 2016

4:30
Eli Whitney, portrait by Samuel F. B. Morse (Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1794, Eli Whitney was granted a patent for his cotton gin.

Here are some things you …

Archive: Girl Scouts Founded #history #podcasts #trivia

March 12th, 2016

2:25
Girl Scouts raising the flag at a Municipal Band concert in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (Photo by Villwock via Wikimedia Commons)

March 12 marks the …

Quiz Show Scandal: The Fix Is In #history #podcasts #trivia

March 11th, 2016

4:31
Twenty One host Jack Barry, center, with contestants Vivienne Nearing and Charles Van Doren. (New York World-Telegram photo via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1957, Charles Van Doren ended his four-month run as …

Louisiana Purchase: What a Bargain! #history #podcasts #trivia

March 10th, 2016

3:34
The Gateway Arch in St. Louis commemorates the westward expansion of the United States, which included the Louisiana Purchase in 1804. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons) 

On this date in 1804, France officially turned …

Murrow and McCarthy: A Television Takedown #podcasts #history #trivia

March 9th, 2016

5:34
CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow.

On this date in 1954, CBS television broadcast an episode of “See it Now” with Edward R. Murrow called “A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy.” 

Here are some things you may not have …

Star-Spangled Banner: Official Since 1931 #podcast #trivia #history

March 3rd, 2016

4:51
The Star-Spangled Banner that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what has become the United States national anthem. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Compact Discs: High Quality, Small Space #history #podcasts #trivia

March 2nd, 2016

5:16
A compact disc (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1983, compact discs and their players were released in the United States.

Here are some things you may not have known about CDs.

They trace their roots …

Lindbergh Kidnapping: Crime of the Century #podcasts #history #trivia

March 1st, 2016

6:16

On this date in 1932, Charles Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family’s home in East …

Leap Day: March Will Wait Another Day #history #podcast #trivia

February 29th, 2016

3:48

Today is not March 1st, in case you’re just waking up, It’s still February, at least according to the Gregorian calendar. 

Every four years, with some exceptions, February has an extra day to help account for the …

Levi Strauss: It's in the Jeans #history #podcasts #trivia

February 26th, 2016

3:37
The tag from a pair of Levi's 501s. (Image from denim inc.)

187 years ago today, Levi Strauss was born in what is now Germany.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the man whose name has become …

Clam Chowder: Say it Right #podcasts #history #trivia

February 25th, 2016

4:33
A bowl of New England clam chowder (Photo by Jon Sullivan via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is National Clam Chowder Day in the United States.

Here …

Miracle on Ice: A (Eventually) Golden Moment #podcasts #history #trivia

February 24th, 2016

8:19

On this date in 1980, the United States ice hockey team won the gold medal during the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

Here are some things …

Iwo Jima: Raising the Flag in Victory #podcasts #history #trivia

February 23rd, 2016

5:56
United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon at night. (Photo by Catie Drew via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1945, five United States Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman raised the American …

Legend of Zelda: A 30-Year Quest for Link #podcasts #history #trivia #videogames

February 22nd, 2016

3:38

30 years ago today, the video game “The Legend of Zelda” was released in Japan.

Here are some things you may not have known about the game.

First off, the playable character is named Link, not Zelda.

Link is a boy who …

Dale Earnhardt: A @NASCAR Champion #podcasts #history #trivia

February 18th, 2016

7:03
Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 1998 (Darryl Moran/NASCAR via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 2001, seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a final-lap crash during the Daytona 500.

Here are some …

Red Cross: Helping in Wartime since 1863 #podcasts #history #trivia

February 17th, 2016

4:16

Today is the 153rd anniversary of the founding of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Here are some things you may not have known about the humanitarian organization.

The founder of the International …

Canadian Flag: Symbol of a Nation Since 1965 #podcasts #history #trivia

February 15th, 2016

4:46

Today is National Flag Day in Canada, in honor of the adoption of The Maple Leaf flag on this date in 1965.

Here are some things you may not have known about the Canadian flag.

The first recorded flag to fly over …

Rhapsody in Blue: Gershwin's Five-Week Miracle #history #podcasts #trivia

February 12th, 2016

7:00
George Gershwin at his piano in 1927.

On this date in 1924, George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” premiered during a showcase concert in New York City.

Here are some things you may not have known about Gershwin and …

Julia Child: Bon Appetit! #history #trivia #podcasts

February 11th, 2016

5:23
Julia Child wielding a knife on the set of "The French Chef."

On this date in 1963, "The French Chef," a cooking show starring Julia Child …

Presidential Succession: Who's Next? #history #podcasts #trivia

February 10th, 2016

5:15
Former U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, left, and Gerald Ford, meet at the White House during the funeral for former Vice President Hubert Humphrey in 1978. (White House photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 49th …

Mardi Gras: Dancing in the Streets #history #podcasts #trivia

February 9th, 2016

3:27
Mondo Kayo revelers parade on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. (Photo by Flickr user radiate2357 via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday and Carnival among other celebrations …

Hollywood Walk of Fame: Stars at Our Feet #history #podcasts #trivia

February 8th, 2016

4:26
Bugs Bunny's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1960, construction began on the Hollywood Walk of …

FDR and His Court-Packing Plan #history #trivia #podcasts

February 5th, 2016

4:37
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into Law in 1935 (Photo from Social Security Administration via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1937, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt …

Postage: Making the Appointed Rounds #podcasts #trivia #history

February 4th, 2016

4:21
The Inverted Jenny postage stamp featuring an upside down Curtiss JN-4 (Photo by U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing via Wikimedia Commons)

25 years ago today, first-class postage in the United States was …

Day the Music Died: A Rock and Roll Tragedy #history #podcasts #trivia

February 3rd, 2016

5:39
Buddy Holly promotional photo from Brunswick Records.

Today is the 57th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, …

Groundhog Day: History Repeating #history #podcasts #trivia

February 2nd, 2016

3:51
Bill Murray and "Punxsutawney Phil" in a scene from the movie "Groundhog Day."

Today is Groundhog Day in North America.

Here are some things you may not know about it.

First the basics: Groundhog Day is celebrated …

Oxford English Dictionary: All the Words! #history #podcasts #trivia

February 1st, 2016

4:10
Seven volumes of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition (Photo by Dan via Wikimedia Commons)

If you’re enjoying the show, …

Dr. Strangelove: A Nuclear War Comedy #history #podcasts #trivia

January 29th, 2016

5:01
Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 52nd anniversary of the release of Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb."

Here are a …

Challenger Disaster: Seven Astronauts Lost on Launch #history #podcasts #trivia

January 28th, 2016

5:06
Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after take-off on Jan. 28, 1986. (NASA photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Thirty years ago today, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff, killing the seven …

Apollo 1: The Space Race Reality Check #history #podcasts #nasa

January 27th, 2016

6:19
From left to right, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee, pose in front of Launch Complex 34 which is housing their Saturn 1 launch vehicle. 

Winter @Olympics: A Sports Tradition Since 1924 #history #podcasts #trivia

January 25th, 2016

3:26
Poster for the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

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On this date in 1924, the first Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix, …

Macintosh "1984" Ad: A Smashing Success #podcasts #trivia #history

January 22nd, 2016

4:15
A Macintosh 128K. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1984 the Apple Macintosh computer was introduced with a commercial during the Super Bowl.

Here are a few things you may not have known about Apple, …

DeLorean: A Man, a Car, a Deal Gone Wrong #podcast #history #trivia

January 21st, 2016

4:28
A DeLorean DMC-12 (Photo by jeremyg3030 via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1981, the first DeLorean DMC-12 rolled off the production line.

Hawaii and the U.S.: An Arranged Marriage #history #podcasts #trivia

January 20th, 2016

4:10
Iolani Palace, the seat of the Hawaiian monarchy and the Republic of Hawaii (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1887, the United …

Janis Joplin: A Powerful Voice Gone Too Soon #history #podcasts

January 19th, 2016

6:28
Janis Joplin

Today would have been the 73rd birthday of singer-songwriter Janis Joplin.

Here are some things you may not have known about her.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Origins #history #podcasts #trivia

January 18th, 2016

3:29
Martin Luther King Jr. and others during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963. (Image by Rowland Scherman/National Archives via Wikimedia Commons)

 

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the …

Great Molasses Flood: A Sticky and Deadly Situation

January 15th, 2016

3:18
On this date in 1919, a massive storage tank failed, sending more than 2 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston, killing 21 …

@TODAYshow: A Morning News Pioneer #history #podcasts #trivia

January 14th, 2016

3:18
Original host of NBC's "Today," Dave Garroway with J. Fred Muggs, left, and Muggs' "girlfriend" Phoebe B. Beebe. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 64th anniversary of NBC’s “Today” show.

Here are some …

Sick Day: No Show Today #history #podcasts #trivia

January 13th, 2016

1:00

As you can probably tell from my voice, I’m a bit under the weather, so there won’t be a show today.

You probably don’t want to listen to me sounding like this anymore than I want to be talking.

Before I go, let me …

David Bowie: A Legend Passes #history #podcasts #trivia

January 11th, 2016

6:31
David Bowie from the cover of his album "Heroes."

Rock icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69, according to his family

Here are some facts you may not have known about the musical innovator.

Bowie was …

Rationing: Making Do During WWII #history #podcasts #trivia

January 8th, 2016

3:03
American fighter plane ration stamps used during World War II. (Image by Bill Faulk via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1940, food rationing …

Charles Addams: A "Family" Man #history #podcasts #trivia

January 7th, 2016

4:15
The cast of "The Addams Family" television show, which ran between 1964-66.

Today is the 103rd anniversary of the birth of illustrator Charles Addams.

Here are some things you may not have known about the creator …

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan: Unsportsmanlike Conduct

January 6th, 2016

4:09
Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan.

On this date in 1994, American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a man hired by the husband of her main competitor, Tonya Harding.

Here are some things you may …

Golden Gate Bridge: Form and Function #history #podcasts #trivia

January 5th, 2016

4:15
The Golden Gate Bridge with San Francisco in the background as seen from Marin. (Brocken Inaglory via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1933, …

Topsy: The Electrocution of an Elephant #history #podcast #trivia

January 4th, 2016

3:40
Topsy the elephant is electrocuted at Luna Park at Coney Island, New York on January 4, 1903. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1903, Topsy, an Asian elephant was euthanized by electrocution at Coney …

Times Square: A New Year's Tradition #history #podcast

January 1st, 2016

2:56
The current Times Square Ball as seen in 2010. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is New Year’s Day, which is marked in New York City by the ball drop in Times Square.

Here are some things you may not have known …

Soviet Union: The Rapid Collapse #history #podcast

December 31st, 2015

3:53
Russian President Boris Yeltsin speaks atop a tank outside the White House in defiance of the August 1991 coup. (Photo from Kremlin.ru via …

Soviet Union: Rising from Revolution #history #podcast

December 30th, 2015

2:59
Vladimir Lenin, left, and Joseph Stalin. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed …

Thomas Becket: The Turbulent Priest #history #podcast

December 29th, 2015

3:57
Portrait of St. Thomas Becket, reassembled from fragments by Samuel Caldwell Jr in 1919. Becket Window 1 in the north aisle of the Trinity Chapel, …

Stan Lee: A 93-Year-Old @Marvel #history #podcast #comics

December 28th, 2015

3:31
Stan Lee

Today is the 93rd birthday of comic book legend Stan Lee.

Here are a few things you may not have known about him.

He was born Stanley Martin Lieber in his parents’ apartment in New York. As a child he …

Christmas: Why Is It Celebrated on December 25? #history #podcast #trivia

December 25th, 2015

3:51
Christmas lights on Regent Street in London, December 2006. (Photo by Diliff via Wikimedia Commons)

Here are some things you may not have known about the history of Christmas.

Christmas is, of course, the …

Eggnog Riot: What Do You Do With a Drunken Cadet? #history #podcast

December 24th, 2015

4:28

Today is the 189th anniversary of the Eggnog Riot, the aftermath of a drunken Christmas party at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Here are some things you may not have known about the riot.

In 1826, …

"A Visit From St. Nicholas": Playing the Reindeer Name Game #history #podcast #trivia #christmas

December 23rd, 2015

3:33

On this date in 1823, “A Visit From St. Nicholas” was published for the first time.

Here are some facts you may not have known about what has come …

Crossword Puzzles: Looking for Answers Since 1913 #history #podcast #trivia

December 21st, 2015

3:42
(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1913, the first crossword puzzle was printed in the New York World newspaper.

Here are some things you may not have known about crossword puzzles.

The first puzzle was …

Prohibition: America's Dumbest Idea #history #podcast #trivia

December 18th, 2015

4:35
Orange County sheriff's deputies dump illegal booze on March 31, 1932, in Santa Ana, Calif. (Photo from Orange County Archives via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1917, the 18th amendment to the U.S. …

Richard Jewell: A Life Turned Upside Down by False Accusations #history #podcast #olympics #atlanta

December 17th, 2015

3:59
Richard Jewell testifies before the House Judiciary Committee.

Today is the birthday of Richard Jewell, the security guard who discovered a bomb during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and was later considered a …

Beethoven: A Beloved Talent Who Overcame Adversity #podcast #history

December 16th, 2015

6:33
Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is probably the birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, perhaps the most famous of all composers.

Here are some things you may …

John Hammond: Mastering the Art of Musical Talent Scouting #podcast #history #trivia

December 15th, 2015

3:16
John Hammond

Today is the birthday of American music producer and talent scout John Hammond.

Here are a few facts about a man whose career spanned several decades and several genres.

John Hammond was born in New …

Toledo War: The Largely Bloodless Battle Between Michigan and Ohio #podcast #history #trivia

December 14th, 2015

4:44
Map of the disputed Toledo Strip area of what is now Ohio. (Map by Drdpw via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1836, the Toledo War, a battle …

Ponzi Schemes and Pyramid Schemes: What's the Difference? #podcast #trivia #history

December 11th, 2015

4:20
Charles Ponzi was a businessman born in Italy who became known as a swindler for his money scheme. (Image from Boston Library via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 2008, Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged …

Lutefisk: What Is It and Why Do People Eat It?

December 10th, 2015

3:14
Lutefisk for sale in Norway. (Photo by Flickr user Adam_d via Wikimedia Commons)

We’re talking about lutefisk today.

As someone of Scandinavian descent, who grew up in a town nicknamed Little Norway, lutefisk has …

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Premieres on @CBS @Snoopy #history #trivia #podcast

December 9th, 2015

4:04
Charlie Brown, left, and Linus with Charlie Brown's Christmas tree from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 50th anniversary of the original airing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Death of @JohnLennon #history #podcast #beatles #trivia

December 8th, 2015

4:47
Publicity photo of John Lennon and host Tom Snyder from the television program "Tomorrow." Aired in 1975, this was the last television interview Lennon gave before his death in 1980. (NBC Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Instant Replay is Introduced During Army-Navy Football Game

December 7th, 2015

3:34
Rollie Stichweh runs with the ball during the 1963 Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia. (Image from ForWhatTheyGave.Com)

On this date in …

Burger King Opens For Business in 1954

December 4th, 2015

3:25
Burger King logo from 1966 (Image via Logopedia)

On this date in 1954, the first Burger King restaurant opened in Miami, Florida.

Here are some things you may not have known about the fast-food chain.

It was the …

226: Heart Transplant

December 3rd, 2015

3:17
Cover of Dec. 11, 1967 issue of Time magazine featuring Dr. Christiaan Barnard, the first surgeon to perform a human heart transplant. (Image via …

225: St. Paul's Cathedral in London is Consecrated

December 2nd, 2015

3:40
An aerial view of St. Paul's Cathedral in London (Photo by Mark Fosh via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1697, the current St. Paul’s …

@DrPepper is Served for the First Time #history #podcast #trivia

December 1st, 2015

2:59

On this date in 1885, the first Dr Pepper soft drink was served in Waco, Texas.

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

Dr Pepper was …

223: Thriller by Michael Jackson is Released

November 30th, 2015

4:25
"Thriller" album cover (Image via Epic Records)

On this date in 1982, Epic Records released Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Here are some things you may not have known about the best-selling album of all time.

222: Joe DiMaggio: From a Fishing Boat to the New York @Yankees #podcast #history #trivia

November 25th, 2015

4:51
Photo of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio from the cover of the January 1954 issue of Now magazine (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 101st anniversary of the birth of baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio.

221: D.B. Cooper Jumps into History

November 24th, 2015

3:22
An FBI artist sketch of the man who called himself "Dan Cooper" and hijacked a flight between Portland, Ore., and Seattle in 1971 (Image via U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation)

On this date in 1971, a man using …

220: It's Harpo Marx's Birthday

November 23rd, 2015

3:25
Harpo Marx

Today is the 127th anniversary of the birth of Harpo Marx, the second-oldest of the Marx Brothers comedy troupe.

Here are some things …

Alan Freed and the Early Days of Rock and Roll

November 20th, 2015

3:07
Alan Freed on a Topps trading card in 1957. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1959, disc jockey Alan Freed, who popularized the term …

Milli Vanilli and the Case of the Vanishing Grammy

November 19th, 2015

3:42
Rob Pilatus, left, and Fabrice Morvan of Milli Vanilli (Promotional photo)

On this date in 1990, Milli Vanilli was stripped of its Grammy Award after it was revealed that the duo did not sing on the album it won …

"Steamboat Willie" and the Debut of Mickey Mouse

November 18th, 2015

2:56

“Steamboat Willie” was the first Disney cartoon with synchronized sound and the first cartoon with a fully post-produced soundtrack. All of the …

216: The Suez Canal Opens

November 17th, 2015

2:47
USS America in the Suez Canal in 1981. (Photo by W.M. Welch via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1869, the Suez Canal opened. 

Here are some things you may not have known about it.

The Suez Canal links the …

The Mad Bomber Strikes #history #podcast #trivia #newyork

November 16th, 2015

3:57
Police mugshot of George Metesky, also known as "The Mad Bomber." (Image via seanmunger.com)

Today is the 75th anniversary of the first in a …

214: Edwin Booth, America's Greatest Actor of the 19th Century #history #podcast #trivia

November 13th, 2015

3:10
Edwin Booth by John Singer Sargent, 1890; Oil on canvas; (Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas/Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the birthday of the man, considered by some to be the greatest …

212: Get Your Kicks on Route 66

November 11th, 2015

2:43
A Historic Route 66 sign in New Mexico. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1926, the United States Numbered Highway System was established.

Here are some things you may not know about highways in the …

211: Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

November 10th, 2015

3:50
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald in 1971. (Photo by Greenmars via Wikimedia Commons) 

Today is the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Great Lakes freighter the Edmund Fitzgerald, which was immortalized in song by …

210: Presidential Travel

November 9th, 2015

2:58

On this date in 1906, Theodore Roosevelt became the first American president to travel outside the United States while in office.

Here are some facts you may not have known about presidential travel.

Roosevelt visited …

209: First College Football Game

November 6th, 2015

2:41

On this date in 1869, the first college football game was played between what is now Princeton and Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Here are …

208: Guy Fawkes

November 5th, 2015

2:47

Today marks the 410th anniversary of the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, an assassination attempt against King James I of England.

Here are a few things you may not have known about what has come to be celebrated as Guy …

207: The First (and Only) Flight of the Spruce Goose

November 2nd, 2015

2:57

On this date in 1947, the Hughes H-4 Hercules made its first and only flight.

Here are some things you may not have known about the airplane known as …

206: Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" Broadcast

October 30th, 2015

3:34

On this date in 1938, the village of Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, was ground zero for an invasion by Martians in the radio drama “The War of the Worlds,” directed by and starring Orson Welles.

Here are some things you may …

206: The Birth of the Precursor of the Internet

October 29th, 2015

2:56

Welcome to the Trivia Minute, your daily dose of history, facts and tidbits from TriviaPeople.com … I’m Marcus Michelson.

On this date in 1969, two computers were linked on ARPANET, a precursor of today's Internet for …

204: Construction of the Alaska Highway

October 28th, 2015

3:03

Today is the 73rd anniversary of the completion of the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Delta Junction, Alaska.

Here are some …

203: Wallis Simpson and the Abdication of Edward VIII #history #podcast #trivia

October 26th, 2015

3:48

On this date in 1936, Wallis Simpson was granted a divorce from her second husband, Ernest Aldrich Simpson, setting up the British constitutional crisis that led to the abdication of King Edward VIII.

Here are some …

202: It's "Weird Al" Yankovic's Birthday

October 23rd, 2015

3:23

Today is the 56th birthday of musician and actor “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Here are some things you may not have known about him.

Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born and raised in the Los Angeles suburbs. He had his first …

201: Panama Canal Expansion

October 22nd, 2015

2:48

On this date in 2006, 77.8 percent of voters in Panama voted to expand the Panama Canal to allow larger ships to transit the Isthmus of Panama.

Here’s a little bit about the history of the Panama Canal and the …

200: "Back To The Future" Day

October 21st, 2015

2:43

Today is "Back to the Future" Day, the day that Marty McFly traveled to in the movie "Back to the Future Part II."

Here are some facts about the "Back to the Future" trilogy and the predictions the films made about …

199: Sydney Opera House

October 20th, 2015

2:48

On this date in 1973, the Sydney Opera House in Australia opened.

Here are some things you may not have known about the architectural marvel.

Planning for the Opera House began in the late 1940s. In 1957, Danish …

198: Big Tex Burns and More About State Fairs

October 19th, 2015

2:54

On this date in 2012 the 52-foot tall statue of Big Tex at Fair Park in Dallas was destroyed by fire during the Texas state fair.

Here are some things you may not have known about Big Tex and state and county fairs.

Big …

197: Human Rights Protest at the 1968 Olympics

October 16th, 2015

4:11

On this date in 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos of the United States won gold and bronze medals respectively in the 200-meters at the Summer …

196: Author P.G. Wodehouse is Born

October 15th, 2015

3:21

Today is the birthday of English author P.G. Wodehouse, the creator of the character “Jeeves” the quintessential English butler, who actually wasn’t a butler at all.

Here are some things you may not have known about …

195: Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

October 14th, 2015

3:24

On this date in 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first person to break the speed of sound in an airplane.

Here are some facts you may not have known about Yeager and supersonic flight.

Charles Elwood Yeager was born in …

195: Paddington Bear

October 13th, 2015

2:45

On this date in 1958, Paddington Bear made his debut in the children's book "A Bear Called Paddington."

Here are some facts you may not have known about Paddington.

Paddington was created by Michael Bond, who saw a …

193: Hoover Dam

October 9th, 2015

3:25

On this date in 1936, what is now called Hoover Dam began producing electricity.

Here are some things you may not have known about the dam.

The …

192: Don Larsen of the Yankees Throws a Perfect Game in the World Series

October 8th, 2015

3:15

On this date in 1956, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees threw a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series.

Here are a few facts about Larsen and the only perfect game in World Series history.

Larsen was born in 1929 …

191: Death of Edgar Allan Poe

October 7th, 2015

3:18

On this date in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland.

Here are some facts you may not have known about Poe and his death.

Edgar Poe was born in 1809 in Boston. At the age of two, he was orphaned when his …

190: The Chicago Cubs and the Curse of the Billy Goat

October 6th, 2015

2:51

70 years ago today, a man and his goat were kicked out of a World Series baseball game, which some believe led to one of the great curses in sports history.

Here are a few facts you may not have known about the Curse of …

189: Monty Python's Flying Circus

October 5th, 2015

4:01

On this date in 1969, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” premiered on BBC 1 in the United Kingdom.

Here are a few facts you may not have known about the show and its creators.

The six members of the troupe worked together …

188: Rod Serling and "The Twilight Zone"

October 2nd, 2015

3:06

On this date in 1959, “The Twilight Zone” premiered on CBS television in the United States.

Here are some facts you may not have known about the show and its creator, Rod Serling.

Rod Serling was born in Syracuse, New …

187: The Thrilla in Manila

October 1st, 2015

2:59

Today is the 40th anniversary of the third bout between boxers Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the “Thrilla in Manila.”

Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali split their first two …

186: Death of James Dean

September 30th, 2015

3:43

Sixty years ago today, actor James Dean was killed in a car wreck in central California.

Here are some things you may not know about the actor and his death.

He was born on February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana. When he …

185: Jerry Lee Lewis is Born

September 29th, 2015

2:40

Today is the 80th birthday of musician Jerry Lee Lewis.

Here are some facts you may not have known about the man they call “The Killer.”

Jerry Lee Lewis was born in Ferriday, Louisiana to parents Elmo and Mamie Lewis. …

184: Penicillin is Discovered

September 28th, 2015

2:58

On this date in 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered the world's first antibiotic, penicillin.

Here are a few facts about Fleming and his discovery.

Fleming was born in 1881 in Scotland. After moving to London to attend …

183: Tommy John Undergoes Tommy John Surgery -- What Are the Odds?

September 25th, 2015

2:55

On this date in 1974, Dr. Frank Jobe replaced the Ulnar Collateral Ligament in the throwing arm of Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Tommy John.

Here are …

182: Benedict Arnold

September 24th, 2015

4:01

On this date in 1780, American general Benedict Arnold abandoned his post at West Point when it was discovered that he had made a deal with the …

181: The Nintendo Company is Founded

September 23rd, 2015

3:30

On this date in 1889, the Nintendo Company was founded.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the game company.

Its original name was Nintendo Koppai or Nintendo Playing Card Company. The company made a …

180: The Peace Corps is Founded

September 22nd, 2015

2:25

On this date in 1961, the Peace Corps was officially authorized by the United States Congress.

Here are a few facts you may not have known about the Peace Corps.

It was established by by executive order by President …

179: "Looney Tunes" Animator Chuck Jones is Born

September 21st, 2015

3:17

Today is the 103rd anniversary of the birth of animator Chuck Jones.

Here are some things you may not have known about him.

First, Charles Martin Jones was born in Spokane, Washington, and later moved with his family to …

178: The New York Times is Published for the First Time

September 18th, 2015

2:33

On this date in 1851, the first issue of the New York Times was published.

Here are a few things you may not have known about “The Gray Lady.”

It was …

177: Emperor Norton I of the United States and Protector of Mexico

September 17th, 2015

3:10

On this date in 1859, Joshua Norton of San Francisco, declared himself Emperor of the United States.

Here are some facts you may not have known about Emperor Norton the First.

He was born Joshua Abraham Norton, in about …

176: The Mayflower Sets Sail for America

September 16th, 2015

2:54

On this date in 1620, the Mayflower, carrying 102 passengers set sail from Southampton, England toward North America.

Here are some things you may not have known about the voyage.

First, the pilgrims weren’t fleeing …

175: Agatha Christie

September 15th, 2015

2:45
Author Agatha Christie was born on this date in 1890.   Here are a few facts you may not have known about her.   Christie was born in Torquay, England, to a British mother and American father. She was the youngest of …

174: Assassination of William McKinley

September 14th, 2015

3:51

On this date in 1901, U.S. President William McKinley died after being shot eight days earlier in Buffalo, New York.

Here are a few facts you may not have known about McKinley and the assassination.

McKinley was born in …

173: "Louie Louie"

September 11th, 2015

3:09

Today would have been the 72nd birthday of Jack Ely, the lead singer of The Kingsmen, who are best known for their version of "Louie, Louie."

Here …

172: Arnold Palmer

September 10th, 2015

2:49

Today is the 86th birthday of golf legend Arnold Palmer. 

Here are a few facts about the man known as "The King."

He was born on Sept. 10, 1929 in …

171: Colonel Sanders

September 9th, 2015

3:01

Today is the birthday of fried chicken magnate Colonel Harland Sanders.

Here are a few things you may not have known about him.

Sanders was born in …

170: Sid Caesar

September 8th, 2015

2:49

Today is the birthday of American television comedy pioneer Sid Caesar.

Here are a few things you may not have known about him.

Caesar was born Isaac Sidney Caesar on September 8, 1922 in Yonkers, New York. His …

169: Labor Day

September 7th, 2015

2:29

Today is Labor Day in the United States and Canada.

Here’s a few facts about the end-of-summer holiday.

The holiday was promoted by labor unions to …

168: Ford Introduces Edsel

September 4th, 2015

3:15

On this date in 1957, the Ford Motor Company introduced its Edsel division.

Here are a few facts about one of the biggest marketing disasters in automotive history.

In 1955, Ford began developing a new intermediate car …

167: Sweden Switches to the Right Side of the Road

September 3rd, 2015

4:08

On September 3, 1967, drivers in Sweden switched from driving on the left side of the road to driving on the right.

Here are a few things you may not have known about what was called Dagen H.

First off, Dagen is the …

166: The Great Fire of London

September 2nd, 2015

3:15

The Great Fire of London started on this date in 1666. Here are some things you may not have known about the fire.

It started in the bakery of Thomas Farriner in Pudding Lane. The family managed to escape the fire by …

165: Discovery of the Wreck of the Titanic

September 1st, 2015

3:19

30 years ago today, a joint American and French expedition discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic on the floor of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the discovery.

Soon after …

164: Oslo Becomes Capital of Norway

August 31st, 2015

2:45

On this date in the year 1314, the city of Oslo became the capital of Norway.
Here are some things you may not have known about the city.
Oslo traces its history to about 1000 AD with the building of St. Clement’s Church. …

163: Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech

August 28th, 2015

2:27

On this date in 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most iconic speeches of the last century on the steps of the Lincoln …

162: Pennsylvania Oil Rush of 1859

August 27th, 2015

2:52
On this date in 1859, the first large-scale oil well began operating in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Here are some things you may not have known about the early days of oil. Oil naturally seeps from the ground in large …

161: Eruption of Krakatoa

August 26th, 2015

3:32

Today marks the 132nd anniversary of the beginning of the eruption of Krakatoa in what is now Indonesia.

Here are some things you may not have known about the eruption:

The island of Krakatoa is located in the Sunda …

160: Sean Connery's 85th Birthday

August 25th, 2015

3:14
Today is the 85th birthday of actor Sean Connery.   Here are some things you may not have known about him:   Connery was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father was a truck driver and his mother was a cleaning woman. He …

159: Webb, Earhart Make Historic Crossings

August 24th, 2015

2:27
August 24 is the anniversary of two historic crossings. In 1875, Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, while in 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the …

158: Please Mr. Postman

August 21st, 2015

2:33
Today is the 54th anniversary of the first No. 1 hit for Motown, "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes.   Here are some things you may not have known about Motown and the Marvelettes.   Motown was founded by Barry …

157: The Big Burn

August 20th, 2015

2:30
Welcome to the Trivia Minute, your daily dose of history, facts and tidbits from TriviaPeople.com … I’m Marcus Michelson.   Today is the 105th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Fire of 1910, the largest forest …
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  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens