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One Time in History There Was a February 30th

February is the month on our calendar that has 29 days except during a leap year when there are 28. There was a time in history that there was a February 30th! It happened only once and it was in Sweden and Finland in 1712

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Ben Gabbe, Getty Images

Grand Central is 100 Years Old + Celebrating

It is an iconic New York City landmark. Even if you have never been there in person, you probably have seen it in movies and TV, Grand Central Station. Grand Central Station is celebrating its centennial

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The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe Puplished January 29, 1845

‘Once upon a midnight dreary, while I ponder, weak and weary’, the first line to  ‘The Raven,' by Edgar Allen Poe. It was, and I think still is, a must read for school children of all grades.  'The Raven' was first published January 29, 1845. It is a story of a man trying to forget his lost love when a raven flies through his window and the man speaks to it.

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This Day in History — Brooklyn Dodgers Hire Emmett Kelly as Mascot

On this day in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers announced that they had hired the infamous circus clown Emmett Kelly to entertain their fans at games. (Read: On this day in history, a lot of people developed a debilitating phobia at a friendly afternoon baseball game in Brooklyn.)

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History’s ‘Vikings’ Trailer: New Footage Takes Us Into the West

Unaccustomed to seeing historical fiction on the History Channel as we are, History's 'Vikings' seems more and more an intriguing new series worthy of carving out a new place in the TV pantheon. The original series will hit TV screens on March 3, 2013, and apart from the teaser and photos we've seen, the network has issued the most real footage yet in the latest trailer for 'Vikings.' Will you watch Ragnar Lothbrok sail into the west? Check out the new trailer for Vikings inside, and judge for yourself!

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This Day in History — First Can of Beer is Sold

It's almost the weekend, which is my favorite time to crack open a can of...well, if I'm honest, these days it's usually PBR. Times are tough, but not as tough as they probably were before this day in 1935, when the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered it's first batch of 2,000 cans of Krueger's Finest Beer and Cream Ale to one of my favorite cities in America: the dirty river city of Richmond, VA.

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This Day in History — ‘The A-Team’ Debuted on TV

On this day in 1983, we learned a valuable moral lesson about human compassion from a very large, loud man in gold chains: We learned to pity fools.

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Why Does the Word ‘Dixie’ Refer to the South?

Funny how the mind works…I was whistling the song ‘Dixie’ the other day and my son started whistling along. It made me wonder how ‘Dixie’ became known as the Southern states.

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After 84 Years, Popeye is Still a Popular Cartoon

‘I’m Popeye the sailor man..toot toot.' In 1929 the Popeye comics, first appeared and our ‘sailor’ man has been a favorite since.  The original Popeye had characters like Olive Oyl, her first boyfriend Ham Gravy and her parents Cole and Nana Oyl.

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Photo by Andy Capwell

Andy Capwell Class Of ’83: ‘Then And Now’

I saw an event on facebook for a meeting to organize my high school's 30th reunion! Turning 30 didn't bother me. 40 wasn't that painful, but this 30th year reunion is making me feel old.

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