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With widespread adoption of electricity and the telephone and the introduction of newer technologies like indoor plumbing, movies, and automobiles, 1900 was one of the years when a huge number of inventions were embraced.
Drought was only partly responsible for the Dust Bowl, lack of crop rotation and plowing methods that left straight rows and no native grasses destroyed the Plains' ability to resist erosion.
After being dismissed as Chief of Staff, Donald Regan never spoke to Ronald or Nancy Reagan again.
When Reagan went to Hollywood in 1937, he actually enjoyed the blinding bright lights of the movie set because they gave him a feeling of privacy and security.
The "Spanish Flu" was one of the first pandemics, caused by increased mobility of the world's populations and was probably aided by transmission in close quarters during the Great War (World War I).
Florida would have been impossible to develop as a destination to live if it weren't for the extensive draining of wetlands and swamps - damaging the ecosystem severely.
Truman was so angry at post-war labor strikes that he attempted to use executive power to draft striking workers into the army.
One of the few boy of the time to attend High School in western Missouri, Truman lost the opportunity to go to college when his father squandered the family's money on grain futures.
It is estimated that approximately 100 thousand mostly inexperienced men traveled to the Klondike in the late 19th century.
"Nellie Bly" was a misspelled pseudonym taken from a Stephen Foster song and used when Bly first went to work for a Pittsburgh newspaper.
Unlike elevated railways, subway construction required "cut and cover" methods that tore up streets and blocks of real estate for years.
Farnsworth not only understood the principles of electronic television (electrons being separated to "read" a picture and assembled to create it once again), he also bragged that he could make it a reality for a mere 25 thousand dollars.
At the turn-of-the-century, most switchboard operators were young boys. They were replaced by women after years of complaints of rude behavior to customers.
Lili'uokalani was a talented musician and composed the famous Island song "Aloha Oe" and many others.
Carnegie's professional career began with the Pennsylvania Railroad, a company he would later try to break.
A special conference convened by Roosevelt was a major turning point in stressing the role of conservation as well as the beauty of protected lands.
Roosevelt won a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating a treaty between Russia and Japan.
Some sources say the Soviet Union was particularly angry at U2 pilot Gary Powers because he was flying his mission on May Day.
The Wright's flight in LeMans, France gained them far more fame than their initial short flight at Kitty Hawk.
Hedda Hopper was one of the first critics to despise Citizen Kane and was also one of the first people to alert Hearst of the film.