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Here are the top ten articles for the Today in History Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. May the 4th is the Start of Star Wars Days
Jedi fans celebrate Star Wars Day this week because the pun is irresistible: May the 4th be with you. And its a trilogy, of course, as Vader devotees continue to geek out for the two days after that. Join me, and together well find out how it all started.
2. The Samuel Applegate Alarm Clock
Heavy sleepers could have thanked Samuel S. Applegate for his invention, which was patented on April 11, 1882. Too bad it was just too weird to be constructed!
3. 16 Things We Love about Shakespeare
The greatest playwright in history shuffled off his mortal coil on his 52nd birthday: April 23, 1616. Exactly 400 years on, this eventful day still arouses excitement in all corners of the world. What merit lived in Shakespeare that we should love after his death?
4. First Day of George Orwells 1984
Published in 1949, George Orwells most famous novel starts on April 4, 1984. Thankfully, the postwar world did not coalesce into totalitarian superstates, and thoughtcrime is mostly fictional. Yet why is Nineteen Eighty-Four still relevant today? What Orwellian future do we still fear?
5. The Rose-Mar Killings
Robert Benjamin Smith just wanted to make a name for himself. Following in the footsteps of his new heroes, he did just that on November 13, 1966, when he shot and killed five women, including a 3-year old-child, at the Rose-Mar College of Beauty in Mesa, Arizona.
6. The Bizarre Belly Flop of Devon Loch
Youve heard of Seabiscuit and Secretariat, and maybe even Red Rum and Black Caviar. But do you know what happened to Devon Loch? On March 24, 1956, this racehorse also made history, but not as a winner.
7. The Last Days of Edgar Allan Poe
There at length they found me lying, weak and wildered, sick and dying, / And my shattered wreck of being to a kindly refuge bore These are just a few lines from a poem entitled The Streets of Baltimore. Hauntingly, they evoke the mysterious death of its purported author on October 3, 1849.
8. Gershwin Debuts Rhapsody in Blue
The Jazz Age had begun, but in 1924 the music was not considered a serious art form. Then, on February 12, an octave-surfing clarinet glided into Rhapsody in Blue, and it made musical history. And to think Gershwin almost didnt write it
9. Laika - The First Dog in Space
On November 3, 1957, Sputnik 2 was launched into orbit around the Earth. It was the second artificial satellite ever to be sent up into space. On board was a dog named Laika. Do you know her story?
10. Gene Krupa - Father of the Drum Solo
Gene Krupa pioneered the drums during a time when soloists had never been. His ingenuity helped create the hi-hat and tunable floor toms something for which many a drummer is highly appreciative. He died on October 16, 1973.
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