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Mary Shelley and Frankenstein

On this day in 1818, novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece “Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus”…

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The First Dixieland Jazz Recording

On this day in 1917, the Original Dixieland Jass Band releases the first-ever jazz recording, “Livery Stable Blues,” for the Victor (not yet RCA) label….

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Hattie McDaniel Wins an Oscar Making History

On this day in 1940, American actress and singer Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award. She took the Oscar…

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The Academy Awards Begin

On this day in 1935, Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night” sweeps the top categories at the seventh Academy Awards held in the Biltmore Hotel,…

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James “Cool Papa” Bell and the Baseball Hall of Fame

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…

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George Gershwin and Modern Music

Rhapsody in Blue is performed live for the first time in New York City’s Aeolian Hall. The entire evening’s program, billed as an “Experiment In…

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