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The Navy’s V-12 Program

During the Second World War, the United States Navy commissioned over 5,500 ships, created six Marine divisions, and built hundreds of naval shore bases...

Musical Chairs Part 2

In 1941, James Caesar Petrillo, the outspoken president of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), commissioned a study to determine whether the use of...

New Year’s Day 1929: Which Way the Future?

The huge crowd gathered in Times Square on December 31, 1928, did not know that the “New Era” of eternal good times, proclaimed by...

Christmas 1941

War and Christmas are the antithesis of each other. In December 1941, Americans had to endure one while trying to enjoy the other. Since...

Casablanca and the Missing Reference

This holiday season marks sixty years since the premiere, on Thanksgiving Day 1942, of Warner Brother’s classic motion picture, Casablanca. Many myths have arisen...

Five Seconds in Miami

Guiseppe Zangara's stomach "always hurt." The 33 year-old Italian immigrant bricklayer held and lost numerous jobs from New Jersey to California following his 1923...

Sunday Evening at the Movies

Imagine a heat wave — one of the worst in American history. We are back in the torrid summer of 1934, the third weekend...

The World of Tomorrow in a World Gone Mad

On April 28, 1939, Adolf Hitler stood on the podium of the German Reichstag. In front of Hitler sat his Nazi sycophants; behind and...

The Lindberghs’ Summer Excursion Part 2

Charles Lindbergh flew the seaplane Sirius through the Arctic fog, while Anne Lindbergh sat behind him with her head down listening on her earphones...

The Sound of an Era

On the evening of August 21, 1935, a dilapidated bus carrying the Benny Goodman Band pulled up in front of Los Angeles’s Palomar Ballroom....
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