On This Day

Illustration of "War of the Worlds" (Flickr/TimEvanson)

Space aliens invading? But I heard it on the radio…on this...

Do you believe what you see, read, or hear on the news? Ever fallen for an Internet hoax — a fake celebrity death or...
President Obama and others looking at computer screen (AP Images)

Lo and behold, the invention that changed everything…on this day

1969 was a year of breakthroughs in science and technology. Everyone knew it was a major happening when man landed on the moon, and...
Statue of Liberty (AP Images)

The world meets Lady Liberty…on this day

“I first saw you on the evening of May 4, 1909, from the deck of the immigrant ship that brought me from Norway. I...
Mohammed Usman Shariff, the Dalai Lama and Shivratri Deshikendra (AP Images)

Free to believe…on this day

More than eight of every 10 people are religious believers. Although too many are persecuted for their beliefs, communities of faith are resilient and...
Person in Pony Express costume riding horse (AP Images)

Horses fast. ‘Talking wires’ faster…on this day

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." That’s the unofficial...
Photocopies on announcement board (Ken Schulze/Shutterstock.com)

An information revolution at the touch of a button…on this day

“10-22-38 Astoria.” That phrase — the contents of the world's first photocopy, produced October 22, 1938, in Astoria, New York — launched an information...
Times Square (Trey Ratcliff)

The invention that lit up the world…on this day

Hundreds gathered on New York City's Pearl Street one afternoon in September 1882 to watch an entire city block come to life. Inside a...
Visitors at monument commemorating free speech (AP Images)

Free speech belongs to all of us…on this day

Mahatma Gandhi helped put it in India's constitution. Martin Luther King exercised it from jail. Without it, George Washington thought men would be like...
Drivetrain of vehicle powered by alternative fuel (AP Images)

Alternative-fuel vehicles are the heroes of this odyssey…on this day

What could be better than powering your car with the most abundant element on the planet? What if that resource also produced much less...