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This Mayan costumed figure from the 7th–8th century was included in burial rituals of early Mesoamerica. (via the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

virtual-artifacts: “ Costumed Figure Date: century Geography: Mexico, Mesoamerica Culture: Maya Medium: Ceramic, pigment ”

In November 1920, over eight million women voted for the first time after the 19th Amendment was passed, as a result of efforts led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. (photo: Library of Congress)

November Elizabeth Cady Stanton is Born On this day in abolitionist and women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, New York. As the daughter of a prominent.

Stripes on the move! Lord Walter Rothschild used this zebra-drawn carriage to demonstrate that wild animals could be tamed. (via The Historical Times)

Thought you couldn't tame Zebras?: Lord Walter Rothschild with his famed zebra carriage, which he drove to Buckingham Palace to demonstrate the tame character of Zebras to the public, early

President John F. Kennedy's posthumous official portrait by Aaron Shikler. (via White House Historial Association)

John F Kennedy Official Portrait - Aaron Shikler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In 2005, civil rights activist Rosa Parks became the first woman to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C after her death at age 92

Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., 1955 - Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".

In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 33.5 hours. (photo: National Archives)

usnatarchives: “Today in Charles A. Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in hours. That same year, Pan American World Airways, Inc. began its services when.

Did you know that there was a fully automated grocery store in Memphis, TN in 1948? It was called Keedoozle.  (Photo: Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

National Proposal Day: Patti Stanger Judges 7 Viral Engagements

The Vending Machine Supermarket, 1948 // Welcome to the the first fully automated grocery store in the United States; a most futuristic shopping experience that the world just wasn't ready for.

Harry Houdini left home at 17 to begin his magic career. He caused a lot of commotion as he continuously escaped from policemen, whether he was in handcuffs or behind bars. (photo: New York Times/Wikimedia Commons)

pbsthisdayinhistory: “March Harry Houdini Is Born On this day in Ehrich Weisz, or as we know him – Harry Houdini, was born in Budapest, Hungary. Houdini left home at seventeen to begin.

The birthplace of the Marines is tied to the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which was used as a recruiting headquarters for the Revolutionary War in November of 1775. (photo: Couresy of USMC War Memorial Night by Catie Drew)

The birthplace of the Marines is tied to the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which was used as a recruiting headquarters for the Revolutionary War in November of (photo: Couresy of USMC War Memorial Night by Catie Drew)

“The Confederates were now our countrymen, and we did not want to exult over their downfall.” - Ulysses S. Grant upon Robert E. Lee’s surrender on April 9, 1865.

9 April 1865 ~ At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War.

A French collecting card depicting the first-ever manned balloon flight, which took off in 1783, by De Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes. (photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public domain)

A French collecting card depicting the first-ever manned balloon flight, which took off in by De Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes.

Previously lost in the Holocaust, these uncovered dress designs can be seen at the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee's "Stitching History from the Holocaust" exhibit. Learn more w/ @pbsnewshour.

Family history comes to life: Dress designs lost in the Holocaust were uncovered. Read more from PBS NewsHour.

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