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First Lady Abigail Powers Fillmore began teaching at a country school house in Cayuga County, NY when she was 16 years old. In the winter of 1818 a self taught teenager named Millard Fillmore enrolled her class. They were engaged a year later and married in 1826. As First Lady, she worked to create a permanent library in the White House which still exist today on the second floor of the White House.

Between 1876 and 1882, the arm of the Statue of Liberty was in Madison Square Park, NY, for fund-raising to complete the Statue. Anyone could pay 50 cents to climb to the torch balcony.

Car Radio: In 1930, Paul and Joseph Galvin, along with William Lear, developed the first automobile dashboard radio and named it the "Motorola," or motorized Victrola—and demonstrated the 5T71 prototype (PHOTO) in a Studebaker.

The History of the Car Stereo

On October 16, 1829, the first modern hotel in the U.S. opens in Boston. The Tremont Hotel had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day and included four meals. Exactly 40 years later, on October 16, 1869, it became the first hotel in the U.S. to provide indoor plumbing.

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The 1950's also brought about the birth of our Interstate Highway System. It was originally called the National Defense Highways and was suppose to provide military ground transport routes connecting 209 major cities with populations of 50,000 or more.

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Gateway Arch under construction in St. Louis, circa 1963-65

Gateway arch, St. Louis, under construction

1950 - Quincy, MA: William "Bill" Rosenberg opened his first Dunkin' Donuts shop. He sold sweet cakes for just 5 cents a pop (a dozen donuts was 69 cents and coffee was just a dime.) By 1955, Rosenberg had five locations. Soon after, he licensed the brand.

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Built in 1902, Macy’s at 151 West 34th Street in New York City was the first building in the world to have a modern-day escalator, and it was made of wood. You can see still see Macy’s wooden escalator in use today!

Completing the transcontinental phone line, Wendover, Utah, 1914

Out of the approx. 750,000 soldiers that fought for the South, these were the last three surviving Confederate Civil War veterans. Photo taken in 1951

Probably the most famous photograph of the guillotine ever taken, it depicts the last public execution to take place in France. Taken on June 17, 1939 in Versailles, it shows Eugene Weidmann, a six-time murderer, about one second away from losing his head.

Off with his head

September 27, 1804: Anna McNeill Whistler was born in Wilmington. McNeill was made famous in the renowned painting, “Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother,” commonly known as “Whistler’s Mother” - At home in the Louvre.

Whistler’s Mother, North Carolina Native

Robert May, the man who wrote the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in 1939, stands in front of his home in Skokie, IL with his Rudolph creation on December, 19, 1949. May wrote the story, at the request of his boss, to hand out as a promotional item to customer's that came into the Montgomery Wards stores that year.

50 Weird And Awesome Inventions From The Consumer Golden Age

The Monuments Men, the group of Allied men and women who recovered stolen artwork from the Nazis in Europe during the Second World War. The group was composed of artists, curators, archivist, soldiers, men and women from over 13 nations.

Once Upon a Time in War

Josef Jakobs (1898 - 1941) - The last execution in the Tower of London took place on Thursday, Aug. 14, 1941, when Josef Jakobs, a German spy, was shot by an eight-man firing squad.

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The real Monuments Men rescuing Michelangelo's Madonna and Child in an underground Altaussee German mine.

1897 the first electric taxis hit the streets of New York City.

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Thomas Jefferson's rough draft of The Declaration of Independence

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Vintage medical photo with Vincenz Czerny (1842-1916) and Dr. Levi Cooper Lane in surgical amphitheater at Cooper Medical College by Stanford Medical History Center.