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The Rise and Fall of Telephone Operators

The Rise and Fall of Telephone Operators

As their numbers grew, women operators became a powerful force—for workers' rights and even serving overseas in WWI.In the earliest days of the telephone, people couldn’t dial one another directly. They needed an intermediary—a telephone operator—to manually relay...

How Democracy Developed in Ancient Greece

How Democracy Developed in Ancient Greece

Athens developed a system in which every free Athenian man had a vote in the Assembly.In the late 6th century B.C., the Greek city-state of Athens began to lay the foundations for a new kind of political system. This demokratia, as it became known, was a direct...

When the College Football Stars Played NFL Champs

When the College Football Stars Played NFL Champs

The last game, a 24-0 win by the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in 1976, was played in a 'surreal' deluge.From 1934-1976, the NFL’s preseason tradition included The Chicago Charities College All-Star Game, a game featuring college stars against the league...

What Caused the Bronze Age Collapse?

What Caused the Bronze Age Collapse?

More than 3,200 years ago, a vast, interconnected civilization thrived. Then it suddenly collapsed into the Dark Ages. What happened?More than 3,200 years ago, the Mediterranean and Near East were home to a flourishing and interconnected Bronze Age civilization fueled...

6 Times the Olympics Were Boycotted

6 Times the Olympics Were Boycotted

Disapproval over wars, invasions, apartheid and doping scandals have all prompted countries to pull out of the Games.The Olympic Games aim to help build a better, more peaceful world through sports. But in the 125-year history of the modern Games, the quadrennial...

8 Facts About Ancient Egypt’s Hieroglyphic Writing

8 Facts About Ancient Egypt’s Hieroglyphic Writing

The script found on the insides of ancient Egyptian temples, monuments and tombs represents a complex remnant of history.Next to the pyramids, the Sphinx and mummies, one of the most intriguing discoveries from ancient Egyptian civilization is a form of writing that...

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