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10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn. Here’s a handy 10-pack of facts to give the holiday some perspective. 1. It started with the Civil War Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers on both [...]

The Quick 9: 9 Victims of the Curse of Tippecanoe

It was 30 years ago today that Ronald Reagan was nearly killed in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr. The more superstitious among us chalk that up to the Curse of Tippecanoe, a gift to William Henry Harrison from Chief Tecumseh’s brother after the Battle of Tippecanoe. The curse apparently damned Harrison and every [...]

5 Things You Don’t Know About 5 Different People

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Ethan Trex digs up things you might not know about various authors, artists, actors, politicians, athletes and so on. We gave him today off, so we’re running excerpts from five previous installments. If there’s someone you’d like to learn more about, leave your suggestion in the comments. Billy Wilder 1. Before He Was [...]