Superman Comic Strip Debuted January 16, 1939

Sci Fi Newspaper strips had been around long before Superman would make his first appearance as a newspaper comic strip on January 16, 1939.  His first appearance was in the April, 1938 issue of Action Comics, just nine months earlier. Although he was the first comic book hero, there were more other-wordly heroes before him. […]

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January 13 in Pop Culture History

January 13 in Pop Culture History 1854 – US patent (#11062) for an accordion was issued to Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, Pa. 1863 – Thomas Crapper invented the portable toilet. 1888 – National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C. 1930 – Disney’s ‘Mickey Mouse’ newspaper strip first appeared. 1906 – The 1st radio set […]

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What is Shadow Banning?

What is Shadow Banning? Shadow Banning is when a social network or website will take a post and make sure nobody, or very few people see it. It began on forums in 2006 to cut back on trolling and spamming, and shortly thereafter major sites like Craigslist and Reddit used it, initially for spammers. Craigslist… Read More

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January 11 in Pop Culture History

January 11 in Pop Culture History 1693 (Earthquake) Sicily, Italy 1908 – The Grand Canyon National Monument was created. 1922 – Leonard Thompson (1908-35) was the first person to receive an injection of insulin as a treatment for diabetes. 1927 – Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), announced the creation of the Academy of […]

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January 10 in Pop Culture History

January 10 in Pop Culture History 1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published. 1863 – London’s Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened. 1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil. It is now part of ExxonMobil. 1899 – The US patent (#617592) was issued for an “Electric Device,” invented by David […]

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January 10 in Pop Culture History

January 10 in Pop Culture History 1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published. 1863 – London’s Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened. 1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil. It is now part of ExxonMobil. 1899 – The US patent (#617592) was issued for an “Electric Device,” invented by David […]

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America’s First Hot Air Balloon Flight

In the late 1700s, there was a major change in a lot of people’s perception of the world. It was the end of the Age of Enlightenment and the Start of the Industrial Age. Call it The Age Before Pop Culture. People were doing more than just just thinking what was possible, they started thinking […]

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January 5 in Pop Culture History

January 5 in Pop Culture History 1889 – The word hamburger first appeared in print in the Walla Walla Union, a Walla Walla, Washington, newspaper. 1905 – The National Association of Audubon Society incorporated. 1914 – The Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and that it would pay a “living wage” of at least […]

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December 31 in Pop Culture History

December 31 in Pop Culture History 1600 – The British East India Company was chartered. It was the first global mega-corporation. 1805 – The ‘Calendar of Reason’ had been introduced in France on November 24, 1793. It was abandoned, and the Gregorian calendar, which we still use today, replaced it. 1831 – Gramercy Park was […]

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December 30 in Pop Culture History

December 30 in Pop Culture History Only two Atlantic storms/hurricanes were ever observed to span two calendar years: Alice (Dec 30, 1954 – Jan 6, 1955) and, exactly 51 years later, Zeta (Dec 30, 2005 – Jan 7, 2006) 1903 – Iroquois Theatre Fire, Chicago, Illinois – over 600 people were killed. 1916 – Grigory […]

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December 27 in Pop Culture History

December 27 in Pop Culture History 1831 – Charles Darwin set sail in the HMS Beagle, beginning his journey discovering evolution. 1895 – “Stag” Lee Sheldon killed his friend Billy Lyons over a drunken political argument. Various versions of the encounter have been sung about “Stagger Lee.” 1904 – Peter Pan the Boy Who Wouldn’t […]

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December 25 in Pop Culture History

December 25 in Pop Culture History 0 (possibly 4 or 6 BC) – Jesus was born. 350 – Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. 800 – Charlemagne was coronated as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome. 1066 – William the Conqueror, the Duke of […]

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December 25 in Pop Culture History

December 25 in Pop Culture History 0 (possibly 4 or 6 BC) – Jesus was born. 350 – Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. 800 – Charlemagne was coronated as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome. 1066 – William the Conqueror, the Duke of […]

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Christmas Trivia and The Reason For The Season

Christmas Trivia and The Reason For The Season (PCM) The word Christmas originated as a compound word, meaning “Christ’s Mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. “Cristes” is from Greek Christos and “mæsse” is from Latin missa (the holy mass). While it […]

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December 23 in Pop Culture History

December 23 in Pop Culture History 1823 – A Visit From St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, was published. Clement Clarke Moore acknowledged authorship in 1837. 1888 – Suffering from severe depression, Vincent Van Gogh cut off the lower part of his left ear with a razor in Arles, France. 1913 – […]

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Are You Ready For Your Fitness Routine in 2021?

How to Keep up With Your Fitness Routine in 2021 Making resolutions is easy. The real work starts in February when burpees stop being fun and you remember how tasty donuts are in the morning. Mmm… donuts.  As gyms swiftly lose their New Year’s Day members, you may find yourself losing motivation. Resist the temptation […]

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December 18 in Pop Culture History

December 18 in Pop Culture History 1620 – The British ship Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony. Passenger William Bradford became the first governor of the colony. 1787 – New Jersey became the 3rd state. 1839 – John William Draper took a daguerreotype of […]

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December 17 in Pop Culture History

December 17 in Pop Culture History 497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome. 1538 – Pope Paul III excommunicated England’s Henry VIII. 1790 – The Aztec Stone (‘Sun Stone’) was excavated in the Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City. It is about 12 feet across and weighs about 24 […]

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December 16 in Pop Culture History

December 16 in Pop Culture History 1707 (Eruption) The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan. 1773 – The Boston Tea Party. Massachusetts colonists, ‘the Sons of Liberty,’ disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into Boston harbor. 1811 (Earthquake) An 8.6 magnitude earthquake hit the […]

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More Than 50 Christmas Jokes, Facts and Trivia And… Who Is Santa Claus?

More Than 50 Christmas Jokes, Facts and Trivia And… Who Is Santa Claus?Who Is Santa Claus? (PCM) Greek native, Nicholas, born a few hundred years after Jesus Christ, had prior to that led a very righteous life, helping many people, particularly by providing children with gold coins. Raised as a devout Christian, Nicholas took all… Read More

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December 15 in Pop Culture History

December 15 in Pop Culture History 1827 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts, the School Committee voted to require, effective March 1 1828, that public school students show that they had been vaccinated against smallpox prior to school entrance. Certificates to the board of health were to be issued where necessary for free vaccination. This […]

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Nostradamus Born on December 14, 1503

Michel de Nostredame (December 14 1503 – 2 July 1566) is usually Latinized to Nostradamus, was a French mystic who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known for his book Les Propheties (The Prophecies), the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book,… Read More

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December 14 in Pop Culture History

December 14 in Pop Culture History 1287 – St. Lucia’s Flood, Netherlands 1656 – Imitation pearls were first manufactured by a Frenchman, named Jacquin. 1852 – Cullen Whipple, of Providence, R.I., patented (# 9477) his “Mechanism for Pointing and Threading Screw-Blanks in the Same Machine.” Prior to that screws were generally made with a flat […]

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December 13 in Pop Culture History

December 13 in Pop Culture History 115 (Earthquake) Antioch, Byzantine Empire (Turkey) 1545 – The Council of Trent began; it was the planning of responding to the Protestant Movement, by the Catholic Church. 1962 – Relay I, the first U.S. communications satellite was launched. 1968 – Science magazine published the essay ‘Tragedy of the Commons’, […]

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December 12 In Pop Culture History

December 12 in Pop Culture History 1787 – Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi sent the first Atlantic wireless (radio) transmission (three beeps) from Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada. 1913 – Stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris on August 11, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The […]

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December 11 In Pop Culture History

December 11 in Pop Culture History Babies born today were probably conceived on Saint Patrick’s Day. 1769 – Venetian Blinds were patented in London by Edward Bevan in England. 1844 – Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a tooth extracted after receiving an anesthetic (Nitrous Oxide) for the dental procedure, by Dr. […]

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