History Stories
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How the Black Power Protest at the 1968 Olympics Killed Careers
February 22, 2018

When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Summer Games, Australian runner Peter Norman stood by them. It lost him his career. Read More

The California Activists Who Scared the Soviets Away From the 1984 Olympics
February 21, 2018

The last time Russia skipped the Olympics, it was due to a fringe group encouraging mass defections of its athletes. Read More

Meet Kenny Washington, the First Black NFL Player of the Modern Era
February 2, 2018

He was an athletic phenomenon who broke the NFL's "color barrier." Read More

To Understand 2017, Here Are the History Lessons You Need
December 15, 2017

Discover the backstories behind the news that shaped 2017. Read More

The Man Who Invented Figure Skating Was Laughed Out of America
December 12, 2017

But Jackson Haines became the toast of Europe—and made the world fall in love with ice dancing. Read More

Why the Star-Spangled Banner is Played At Sporting Events
September 25, 2017

The tradition began during a time of national sorrow Read More

Hoover Home Movies Offer Unique Peek of the White House
March 24, 2017

The recently released reels may be the earliest color film ever taken of the building. Read More

The 19th-Century Black Sports Superstar You’ve Never Heard Of
March 23, 2017

Boxer Bill Richmond’s improbable rise from slavery to superstardom came almost a century before Jack Johnson even picked up a pair of gloves. Read More

You Won’t Believe Where the First NHL Outdoor Game Was Played
December 28, 2016

The Detroit Red Wings played the first outdoor game in National Hockey League history in a most unlikely place—in the yard of a maximum-security prison. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About Babe Didrikson Zaharias
June 24, 2016

Explore 10 fascinating facts about the multi-sport titan that the Associated Press once named the “Woman Athlete of the Half Century.” Read More