Soviet Occupation of Hungary
Hungarian Revolution of 1956

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See footage of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The uprising was against the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from 23 October until 10 November 1956. Though leaderless when it first began, it was the first major threat to Soviet control since the USSR’s forces … Continue reading

Howard Hughes
Flight of Spruce Goose

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The Hughes Flying Boat—the largest aircraft ever built—is piloted by designer Howard Hughes on its first and only flight. Built with laminated birch and spruce, the massive wooden aircraft had a wingspan longer than a football field and was designed to carry more than 700 men to battle. Howard Hughes … Continue reading

Orson Welles
AT&T Operators on Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds

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AT&T Operators describe how the board lit up and the calls they received on the night Orson Welles’ famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast triggered fear.  “The people really believed it,” reported the operators.  Welles’ famous show was broadcast on October 30, 1938…the eve of Halloween.

ARPANET
Leonard Kleinrock Describes Arpanet

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Internet pioneer and UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock discusses the process of connecting the first host computer to the fledgling Internet, then known as the ARPANET, in September 1969, and sending the first host-to-host message a month later on October 29, 1969 between himself and Charlie Klein.  They typed … Continue reading