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This Week in History


Goodyear And His Invention

One of the unluckiest entrepreneurs in United States history was born on this day in 1800. His name was Charles Goodyear and he is most noted for inventing vulcanized rubber.

Driving 55

It was 37 years ago today that the Federal government mandated one of the most ignored regulations in U.S. history — the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.

Of Flying Machines And Speeding Computers

On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright took a short flight for a man, but a giant leap for mankind — as his strange-looking flying machine took off at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. As brother Wilbur watched, Orville stayed aloft for 12 seconds, traveling a little over 120 feet.

The Date That Will Live In Infamy

Yesterday was the date that Franklin Delano Roosevelt said would forever “live in infamy,” thanks to the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Election Of 1824

You think some of our recent elections have been controversial? Consider what happened in this country 186 years ago today.

Who Shot JFK And J.R.?

If you’re of “a certain age,” you still remember where you were and what you were doing on Nov. 22, 1963, when you heard the shocking news from Dallas that “The President has been shot!”

The Adoption Of The Articles Of Confederation

It was 233 years ago this week that our original 13 colonies took a huge step toward nationhood. On Nov. 15, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation. The articles vested the conduct of war and foreign policy in a Federal government, but left everything else to the States.

Richard Nixon’s First Retirement

It was 48 years ago this week that a very disgruntled politician told a California press conference that "you won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore." Nixon had just failed in his bid to become Governor of California. He announced that he was retiring from politics. Not quite. Exactly 10 years later, on Tuesday, […]

Historically Speaking, November Begins Best Three Months To Invest

Did you buy some stocks two days ago? If you did, congratulations — it turns out that, historically, Nov. 1 is the best day of the year to invest in the stock market. That’s because most of the time September and October are lousy months for stocks. Since 1950, the S&P has risen an average of 1.6 […]

The Black Monday Crash

It was 23 years ago this week when the stock market suffered its biggest one-day loss in history. On "Black Monday" — Oct. 19, 1987 — the market plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent, on a then-record 604 million shares. The point loss has since been exceeded, but not the percentage. The crash began in Asia, with the Singapore […]

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