Matthew Henson, the Arctic Explorer Who Stood on Top of the World
Remembering the man who probably beat Robert Peary to the North Pole, but didn’t get the credit he deserved until years later.... READ ON
Weather Channel Meteorologist Dave Schwartz Dies at Age 63
You weren’t Dave Schwartz’s audience. You were his friend.... READ ON
Margaret Vinci Heldt, Creator of the Beehive Hairdo
Just like the decade it came to represent, the beehive was revolutionary.... READ ON
Les Waas, Writer of the Mister Softee Jingle
He was also president of the Procrastination Club of America.... READ ON
Ray Tomlinson, Pioneer of Email and the @ Symbol, Dies at Age 74
Tomlinson developed the first network person-to-person email in 1971.... READ ON
Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies at Age 63
During his career, the Emmy-winning voice actor added over 100 movie and television credits to his resumé.... READ ON
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Last Survivor of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Dies
Willian A. "Bill" Del Monte was 3 months old when his family escaped the burning city in a horse-drawn wagon.... READ ON
New Jersey Fossil Haven Might Reveal What Killed Off the Dinosaurs
A quarry pit may hold clues pointing to a mass extinction more than 65 million years ago.... READ ON
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Remembering Oliver Sacks
The author of "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" died today. Let's celebrate him.... READ ON
Who's Buried in Westminster Abbey?
London's Westminster Abbey is not only a grand and glorious place of worship, but also the final resting place of hundreds of history's most famous figures.... READ ON
5 Stories About Shirley Temple
Former child actress Shirley Temple has passed away at the age of 85. But thanks to DVDs (and Turner Classic Movies), she will remain a dimpled, curly-topped 5-year-old for generations to come. We hope you enjoy these fun facts about the life and career of Shirley Temple Black.... READ ON
Rest in Peace, Baby Beluga
The whale that sparked decades of elementary school sing-alongs has swum to the big ocean in the sky. Kavna, a beluga whale who inspired the children’s song “Baby Beluga,” died August 6 at Vancouver Aquarium. She was 46 years old. Kavna lived a remarkably long life: most beluga whales don’t live past 30. A quick necropsy showed that she probably died of cancer. Kavna wasn’t exactly a baby when singer-songwriter Raffi Cavoukian wrote the famous tune. She was about 14 years old. Raffi... READ ON
The Stories Behind Donna Summer's Biggest Hits
© JONAS CUNHA/dpa/Corbis Disco Queen Donna Summer has passed away after a battle with lung cancer at age 63. Even though her name is always automatically entwined with disco, it was a sobriquet that she was never fully comfortable with. And rightfully so; unlike so many studio-manufactured singers of that era, Summer possessed a pure, sparkling mezzo-soprano voice and felt that she performed her best on ballads and show tunes. Here are a few stories behind some of her biggest hits. "Love to Love... READ ON
Remembering Levon Helm
Yesterday Levon Helm, the multi-instrumentalist best known as the singer and drummer for The Band, died after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 71. Helm was a southern gentleman, owner of one of rock and roll’s all-time great beards, easily the genre’s best singing drummer and, as Esquire’s Charles Pierce wrote, the “real voice of America”: “I wanted to thank him for the way he sang, and for the throb of his drums, and for the way he helped point the way home for all of us who... READ ON
RIP Dick Clark (1929-2012)
© Bettmann/CORBIS Since so much will be written about Dick Clark’s tenure on American Bandstand and the Pyramid game shows elsewhere, we'll try to provide you with some Dick Clark stories you may not necessarily read in the various official obituaries. Feel free to share any Bandstand or New Year’s Rockin’ Eve or Pyramid memories as we bid a sad farewell to an old friend. He Wanted to Share His Youthful Look with Other... READ ON
11 of the Most Beloved Sherman Brothers Songs
Whether you’re a Disney fan or not, chances are pretty good that you’ve had a Sherman Brothers song firmly stuck in your head at one point or another. The songwriting duo got their big break when Annette Funicello turned one of their songs – “Tall Paul (He’s My All)” into a hit in the late ‘50s. Disney asked them to write more songs for the popular Mouseketeer, and you could say that things kind of took off after that. The Sherman Brothers’ influence can be found in everything from... READ ON

It took three people to compose “The Hokey Pokey." Roland Lawrence “Larry” LaPrise, Charles Macack, and Taft Baker wrote the tune in 1949 to entertain tired skiers at nightclubs in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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