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Las Vegas and Formula 1 Team Up to Make an Incredible Travel Opportunity

There are plenty of reasons to visit Las Vegas, though it is a city that’s most famous for being the casino capital of the United States – and the world. Its entire existence is owed to the casino industry which evolved in Vegas to serve the crowds of workers involved … Read more   Read more

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TODAY IN HISTORY: Edison is born, Mandela is freed (Feb. 11th)

Thomas A. Edison On this day in 1846, Thomas A. Edison was born in Milan, Ohio.  During his lifetime, 1,093 patents were issued to Edison during his lifetime, the last at age 83.  He was nothing short of practical, saying once that he never wasted time inventing things people did not want … Read more   Read more

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TODAY IN HISTORY: The Grand Canyon becomes a National Park (Feb. 26, 1919)

In 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed legislation giving the Grand Canyon status as a National Monument. On February 26th, 1919, by an act of the United States Congress, Grand Canyon National Monument became Grand Canyon National Park. Today, the Grand Canyon National Park receives over 4 million visitors and contains … Read more   Read more

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TODAY IN HISTORY: Ponce de Leon (March 3, 1513)

On this day in 1513, Ponce de Leon set sail from Puerto Rico to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Caribbean Indian legends spoke of waters, a drink of which would guarantee a life free from the worries of old age. Ponce de Leon had served with Christopher Columbus on … Read more   Read more

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TODAY IN HISTORY: Founding of AAA (March 4, 1902)

It was 1902 and automobiles were quickly becoming the vehicle of choice. Road conditions, however, were deplorable. The relatively small number of drivers had to fight for the right to even use some roads in favor of horse drawn carriages. Small groups of drivers had formed clubs across the country … Read more   Read more

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TODAY IN HISTORY: Founding of Aer Lingus (May 22, 1935)

On May 22, 1935, Aer Lingus was founded as the flag carrier of Ireland. In Gaelic, Aer Loingeas means “Air Fleet” – the term was anglicized to name the airline. Established as the national carrier owned by the government, the airline today is owned 25% by the government of Ireland and 29% … Read more   Read more

Ireland History
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TODAY IN HISTORY: Good-bye Star Trek, Welcome baby Tonya (Sept. 2)

On this Labor Day in history, World Footprints host Tonya (Johnson) Fitzpatrick was born.  Having grown up as a “Trekkie” today also carries another special memory. On Sept. 2, 1969, the original Star Trek aired its final episode after running for only three years and never placing better than No. 52 in … Read more   Read more

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TODAY IN HISTORY: Apartheid ends, Mandela elected in South Africa (May 2, 1994)

On this day in 1994, South Africa officially ends aparheid and elects Nelson Mandela in the country’s first multiracial election.  Watch amazing history happen here:     Read more

Africa History
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TODAY IN HISTORY: La Marseillaise (April 25, 1792)

On April 25th, 1792, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composed “La Marseillaise” the song destined to become the French national anthem. Rouget composed the song as a rallying cry as Prussian and Austrian armies marched on France. The song became the French national anthem on Bastille Day, 1795. However, Napoleon … Read more   Read more

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TODAY IN HISTORY: Aloha Airlines flight 243 (April 28, 1988)

On April 28, 1988, Aloha Airlines Flight 243 took off from Hilo International Airport at 1:25 PM for the short flight to Honolulu. On board were 90 passengers and five crew members. At approximately 1:48 the aircraft reached its flight altitude of 24,000 feet when a section of the hull … Read more   Read more

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