History

An account of historical fact about an event, place, or time

The Story of Gennie Pilarski

Genevieve "Gennie" Pilarski quietly passed away in her nursing home room one September day in 1998 at the age of 79.  Few noticed or...

Buried from the public: Hart Island, New York

At first glance this modest island in New York appears unremarkable. The 131-acre dark speck of land has crumbling buildings, is off-limits to the...
Phineas Gage

Medical Firsts: The Story of Phineas Gage

The year was 1848, and 25-year-old Phineas Gage was earning wages as a railroad worker in Vermont. His task was to blast rock to...

Ambassador Apartments of Gary, Indiana

There certainly isn't a dearth of classic early twentieth century architecture around Gary, Indiana. Another fine example is that of the Ambassador Apartments at...
Somerton man

Unsolved Death from 1948: The Somerton Man (The Taman Shud Case)

The day was December 1st, 1948.  Around 6:30 a.m. on Somerton Beach in Adelaide, Australia, passerbys found the body of a man laying on...
Beach Pneumatic Transit

Beach’s First Subway: Pneumatic Transit System

Alfred Beach was an inventor and editor of Scientific American magazine. He was also a visionary for subterranean rapid transit. By 1849, New York...