History & Culture


    Why Robert Frost Didn’t Get to Read the Poem He Wrote...

    On March 26, 1959, prior to a dinner in honor of his 85th birthday, Robert Frost held court before a throng of reporters at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Fielding a question about the supposed decline of New England, his longtime home base and poetic muse, Frost responded, "The next ...Continue reading

    Who Performed at the First Woodstock Music Festival?

    On August 15, 1969, thousands of people gathered at a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for what would become one of the biggest events in music history. The idea behind the first Woodstock musical festival — which was conceived by John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield, and Michael ...Continue reading

    John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Remarkable Life in Photos

    Born on November 25, 1960, in Washington D.C., John F. Kennedy Jr. would become the first infant to call the White House his home and was affectionately photographed with his big sister, Caroline, playing with their mother and father within the hallowed halls of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  But ...Continue reading

    The Final Days of John F. Kennedy Jr.

    A scion to a family many Americans considered the closest thing to homegrown royalty, John F. Kennedy Jr. lived his final days fraught with concerns: his political/pop culture magazine George was floundering, a recent ankle injury required him to move about with the aid of crutches, one of his ...Continue reading

    Why Princess Margaret Was the Worst Party Guest

    It was a delightful sight. Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, the Countess of Snowdon, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II of England, blithely singing a Cole Porter medley at a party in Kensington Palace with one of her many unlikely friends – John Phillips of The Mamas and the ...Continue reading

    How Pablo Picasso’s Wives and Mistresses Inspired His Art

    Sex, love and art were interconnected in the world of Pablo Picasso, and while some of his supporters would argue he had a demonstrably tender side towards women, it would be difficult to deny that the serial philanderer, by and large, used his wives and mistresses as a means to a self-serving end ...Continue reading

    Helen Keller and Mark Twain Had an Unlikely Friendship That Spanned...

    For over a decade, the legendary author and humorist Mark Twain and the deaf and blind writer and activist Helen Keller formed a mutual appreciation society that neither distance nor disability could dampen. To Twain, Keller was “the eighth wonder of the world” who was “fellow to Caesar, Alexander, ...Continue reading

    Was Shakespeare the Real Author of His Plays?

    The son of a glovemaker and sometimes municipal politician from Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare seems to have risen from modest means to become one of history’s greatest writers, a peerless poet and dramatist whose works have thrilled readers for more than 400 years. But did William ...Continue reading

    How Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Were Selected for the Apollo...

    Two young men, both born in 1930, shared the same dream: To soar through the skies. The one from New Jersey joined the Air Force and the one from Ohio became a U.S. Navy pilot. Both fought in the Korean War. But it wasn’t until they were brought together that they ended up flying higher…

    Nelson Mandela: 14 Inspiring Quotes From South Africa’s First Black President

    In the small village of Mvezo in Transkei, South Africa, a child was born on July 18, 1918 with the name Rolihlahla, meaning “pulling the branch of a tree” in the Xhosa language, or more colloquially: "troublemaker." And Rolihlahla Mandela, who grew up to become Nelson Mandela, sure lived up to ...Continue reading