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An astounding forty million Americans listened to the 1938 radio broadcast of Seabiscuit's head-to-head victory over the heavily-favored War Admiral.
A reunion of mother and daughter in Vietnam in the 1990s exposed vast cultural differences that hampered any real bond between the two women.
The earliest clinical tests of birth control pills in Puerto Rico had damaging side effects on women, leading to an eventual modification of the dosage.
The African-American Vivien Thomas began his career at Vanderbilt University as a custodian.
Though Till's murderers were very probably falsely acquitted, Till's uncle was allowed to testify against white defendants (a first in Mississippi history).
While the Union Pacific Railroad laid more miles of track, the Central Pacific was charged with much more difficult tunnels and bridges in the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Chicago's politics have been so corrupt at times that it was once said that a meeting of alderman broke up upon seeing a photographer because of fears that the police were making an identification record.
Before Chicago installed elevated trains, it was said that it took longer to get from the neighborhoods to downtown than it took to take a train to Milwaukee.
When Chicago was first laid out in the 1830s, surveyors made sure to set aside lakefront strips of land that would never be developed.
Practically no politicians or diplomats of any political persuasion were aware of the extent of the violent antipathy held by Iranians toward the Shah of Iran in the later 1970s.
Carter was so determined to be admitted to the US Naval Academy that he attended local college classes just to prepare for applying.