A popular magazine was first published on this day. The FCC allowed for the beginning of a popular cultural institution on this day too. Find out what these things were and more when you listen to today’s episode.
A famous French heroine made her appearance on the scene on this day in history. Today also marks the debuts of an iconic musical and an iconic sports show. Listen to today's episode to find out who, what, where and when.
Today marks an infamous milestone in the history of environmental disasters. We also have a famous pitcher reaching a career milestone along with other items from history. Find out what they are in today's episode.
What was the United State's first federal cultural institution? Hint: It was rather bookish. Who coached the Celtics during their record eight consecutive NBA championships? We've got your answers to these questions along with more history from this day in today's episode.
If you've ever watched a video online, today is a significant day in online video history. Today is also the anniversary of one of the most famous faux-pas in soft drink history. Learn these historical tidbits and more in today's On This Day.
US coinage, TV memorabilia, major league baseball, and a famous country singer/songwriter/musician all received mention in today's episode. Listen to get an ear full of historical footnotes for April 22, 2019.
Today is an important day in the history of Texas. This is also the day a famous photograph was published, and the Chicago Bulls reached a significant milestone. Find out what we're talking about when you listen to On This Day for April 21, 2019.
Which US President cast the first veto? When was "We Are the World" simultaneously broadcast around the world? Who is the NBA's all-time career scoring leader? Find out the answers when you listen to today's On This Day.
When was the design of the United States flag made official? What song did Elvis Presley record on this day? Who tied Babe Ruth's homerun record on this day? Listen for the answers.
During the show I mention Malcolm Gladwell's podcast episode about the song that Elvis Presley recorded on this day. You can find that episode here: Revisionist History Podcast - Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis
Today marks the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's first non-violent civil rights campaign. In what city did this campaign commence? In what year did the NCAA institute a shot clock for men's basketball? What soulful singer was born on this day? If you don't know the answers, you will after you listen to today's episode.
What famous symbol is Oliver Pollock credited with creating? When did the last episode of The Andy Griffith Show air? If you don't know the answers, you'd better listen to today's episode of On This Day.
On this day in history, the US got a great deal on Alaska. One of our favorite superheroes made his debut this day in history. Lend us your ear, and you'll also find out which famous artist was born on this day. All this and more in today's episode of On This Day.
Did you know Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day for natural reasons? Who were the two NHL teams to play in the first US-only Stanley Cup Final? Get answers to these questions and more in today's episode.
Who took over as lead singer of Van Halen on this day? What notable officiating tool was made a permanent part of the NFL by a vote of the owners on this day? We also have a famous singing diva celebrating her birthday today. Know who it is? Get your answers on today's episode.
What famous Dallas TV show character was shot on this day? Who tied Gordie Howe's NHL goals record on this day? Today is also the birthday of a famous classical composer. Listen to find out the answers.
The first AC power plant came online in the US in what year? On this day, drag racer Kenny Bernstein broke what speed barrier? What beloved children's television host was born on this day? Answers to these questions and more in today's episode.
Beware the Ides of March! Do you know in what year Julius Caesar was assassinated? Or, in what year did professional baseball get its start, and what was the team? What state is celebrating its birthday/admittance into the Union today? If you don't know, you should listen to today's episode.
Can you name the first US astronaut to ride into space aboard a Russian spacecraft? What precursor to the modern NFL draft got started on this day? Learn these facts and more in today's episode. Plus, at the end of the show, I share with you a couple news and notes from the show.
We published our first On This Day Extra this week. It's all about eyewitnesses to history. Visit the post for videos and audio of persons who've been on-hand for some of the most historical events in America's history: On This Day Extra - Witnesses to History
In what year did Alexander Graham Bell make his first telephone call? Who was the first PA announcer for a major league team? What famous martial artist was born on this day? Listen to the podcast to get your answers.
In what year did the Barbie doll make its debut? When did "Gone With The Wind" become available for home video purchase? Who was the first athlete to throw the discus over 160ft? What country musician was born on this day? If you don't know the answers, listen to today's episode to find out.
I had to do a bit of 'splaining in today's show since today is the anniversary of Johann Kepler's discovery of the third Law of Planetary Motion. Listen to today's episode to find out when Kepler discovered it, and what it is.
"We Are the World" debuted on radio in what year on this day? Know where football great Lynn Swann was born? Who played in the first professional football game televised on *cable*? Press play to listen and find out.
Remember the Alamo? Well, do you know which year the Battle of the Alamo was fought? Who was baseball's first designated hitter? Who does Publisher's Clearing House have to thank for being born on this day? Get your answers in today's episode.
When did the first US Congress meet? Know when Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" debuted? Who was the first MLB team to hold their spring practice outside the United States? The answers are in today's episode.
Which US President signed the resolution to annex the Republic of Texas? When did Wayne Gretzky become the NHL's all-time assists leader? Listen for the answers.
Bonus: Did you notice I ran a sponsored segment with some of this week's episodes? Check out the On This Day blog for details about my experiment with ads.
How many Grammys did Michael Jackson receive for his "Thriller" album? Know when the first basketball game was broadcast on TV? What famous auto racer celebrates his birthday today? Today's episode has your answers.
What important event with regards to the "taming of the West" happened today? What did Cassius Clay do on this day? Do you know what famous impressionist artist celebrates his birthday today? Get your answers in today's episode.
Who was the last US Navy officer to attain the rank of fleet admiral? What was the first album to be certified platinum by the RIAA? When was the nylon bristle toothbrush introduced? Today's episode has your answers.
What device did Thomas Edison patent on this day? What member of the royal family is celebrating a birthday today? Who was behind the creation of the AMA show? Learn the answers to each of these questions and more in today's episode of On This Day.
Care to guess when the first high school driver's ed class was introduced? What famous hall of fame opened on this day in Springfield, MA? What all-time great basketball player was born on this day? Get your answers in today's episode.
What famous national flag debuted on this day in 1965? When did Dale Earnhardt win his first Daytona 500? What famous suffragist was born on this day? Get your answers to these questions and more in today's episode of On This Day.
Happy Valentines Day! Do you know what was Oscar Wilde's final play and the year it opened? When was the first NHL All-Start Game held? What famous 20th century comedian was born on this day? Listen to today's episode, and you'll know the answers.
Know when the Hollywood Walk of Fame was started? Learn some notable details about the 9th president of the United States. Those things and more in today's On This Day.
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In what year did the British Invasion begin? Who signed the first six-figure major league baseball contract? When was Charles Dickens born? Think you know the answers? Find out in today's episode of On This Day.
Learn why it became safer to walk the streets of New York on this day. Do you recall what year the Pittsburg Steelers won their fifth Super Bowl? What home run hitting baseball player was born on this day? Answers to these and more in today's On This Day.
What does this day in history have to do with the Revolutionary War? Do you know what year the first US Winter Olympics opened? What famous aviator has a birthday today? Get the answers in today's On This Day.
With Tax Day coming up, do you know why this day is notable? Also, what does today have to do with baseballs, basketballs, tennis balls, golf balls, and footballs? Find out the answers to those questions and more in today's episode of On This Day.
While recording today's episode, I referenced the "National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs". It sounded stilted when I read it, but I guess that's what happens when you refer to "baseball" as two words. Listen to the episode to find out when we got professional baseball here in the States.
Without searching, do you know when the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published? How about when the National League released their first 162 game schedule? Find the answers and more in today's episode of On This Day.
Your daily micro-dose of history. In this first episode of On This Day, I’m sharing historical tidbits about the Apollo program, the first daytime TV soap, a famous sports stadium, and the birthday of one of baseball’s all time greats.