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On This Day

On this day in 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez went off course in a 10-mile wide channel in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and hit submerged rocks on a reef. The hull of the tanker was gashed in several places and over 11 million gallons of crude oil (22% of its cargo) leaked out, causing […]

On This Day (February 13th)

On this day in 1974, James “Cool Papa” Bell was inducted in the the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Said to be the fastest man to ever run the base paths, he played in the National Negro League and in Latin America, and finished his professional career with a .341 batting average; he hit .391 […]

On This Day (November 21st)

On this day in 1980, TV overtakes reality as more than 83 million Americans tune in to “Dallas” to finally find out who shot J.R. The November 21 episode solved the mystery, identifying Kristin Shepard, J.R.’s wife’s sister and his former mistress, as the culprit.

On This Day (October 26th)

On this day in 1825, the Erie Canal opens, finally connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River and a man-made waterway spanning 425 miles. Visionary Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York led the opening ceremonies and rode the canal boat Seneca Chief from Buffalo to New York City.