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11 Other Big Events That Also Occurred on September 11th

Even before the tragic attacks of 2001, some pretty noteworthy events had occurred on September 11th. While our brains will forever link the calendar date to the 2001 attacks – and rightly so – let’s take a look at some other notable September 11th happenings from previous years. 1297 William Wallace defeats forces of the English crown [...]

Too Soon to Tell

There’s a story that Zhou Enlai, the premier of Communist China from 1949-1976, was once asked for his impressions of the long term effects of the French Revolution. Zhou famously responded that it was “too soon to tell”, which has been taken as a testament to the value of having an expansive view of history [...]

The Quick 10: A Bunch of Belushi

If John Belushi hadn’t overdosed in 1982, he would have been 63 today. To pay homage to one of the funniest comedians ever, here’s a video Quick 10 of some of Belushi’s greatest moments. 1. Samurai Delicatessen, my personal favorite. 2. As the Incredible Hulk. 3. John imitates Joe Cocker. 4. Little Chocolate Donuts. 5. His [...]

The Origins of 8 Classic Board Games

Continuing our look at the history of board games, here are the histories of some more modern classic games, from backgammon to Scrabble to Hex. 1. Backgammon Other than chess – the history of which is well-covered elsewhere – the most enduring table game of the last few centuries is backgammon, also known as “tables” early in [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Henry Kissinger

© Bettmann/CORBIS You probably know Henry Kissinger as a Nobel Peace Prize winner and former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the German-born political scientist and diplomat (pictured above with Pele in the Giants Stadium locker room before a New York Cosmos game [...]