History Stories
AUTHOR: Becky Little
Why the Star-Spangled Banner is Played At Sporting Events
September 25, 2017

The tradition began during a time of national sorrow Read More

Puerto Rico’s Complicated History with the United States
September 22, 2017

Over a century ago, the U.S. prevented Puerto Rico from gaining autonomy. Read More

Why It Took Two Earthquakes for San Francisco to Finally Build Smarter
September 21, 2017

The city learned from its past as it looked to the future. Read More

How Our Galactic Garbage May Come Back to Haunt Us
September 19, 2017

For the past 60 years, humans have been leaving their junk in space. Read More

A Brief History of Creepy Clowns
September 13, 2017

Why exactly have creepy clowns become such a trope in pop culture? Read More

Why Are Hurricanes Classified by Category?
September 12, 2017

The Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale was originally created to help people decide how they should respond to storms. Read More

The Deadliest Earthquake Ever Recorded
September 8, 2017

Estimates say it killed 830,000 people. Read More

The Birth of ‘Illegal’ Immigration
September 7, 2017

For a long time, it wasn't possible to immigrate “Illegally" to the U.S. Read More

Why Hurricane Harvey is Poised to Become America’s Costliest Storm
September 6, 2017

Hurricane Harvey will be more expensive than Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy combined. Read More

The First 1940s Coders Were Women–So How Did Tech Bros Take Over?
September 1, 2017

Computer programming used to be a ‘pink ghetto’—so it was underpaid and undervalued. Read More