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Athens, Attica, Greece — Greece, Attica, Athens, Acropolis, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO — Image by © René Mattes/Hemis/Corbis

Why Greece Is Considered the Birthplace of Democracy

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 democracy that gave political power to free male Athenian citizens rather than a ruling aristocratic ...read more

(Original Caption) Otto Graham, head coach of the College All-Stars, is carried from the field by victorious All Stars after 35-19 win over the Detroit Lions in the 25th annual All-Star game in Soldiers Filed here 8/15. Left to right: Wayne Walker, #75, Idaho; Bob Jewett, #85, Michigan State; Tony Stremic, #61, Navy and Charles Howley, #73, West Virginia.

When the College Football Stars Played NFL Champs

From 1934-1976, the NFL’s preseason tradition included The Chicago Charities College All-Star Game, a game featuring college standouts against the league champion. The last game in the long-forgotten series, played mostly at Soldier Field in Chicago, was forgettable: a 24-0 ...read more

An illustration of The Great Fire of Peshtigo in Wisconsin. People are shown trying to run and flee the fire in a chaotic scene.

Why America's Deadliest Wildfire Was Largely Forgotten

On the night of October 8, 1871, women snatched their children from their beds, men formed ad hoc fire brigades, and the terrified residents of Peshtigo, Wisconsin fled what would become the deadliest wildfire in American history. So why did the Peshtigo wildfire fade from ...read more