A Brief History It is believed that on April 5, 1994, Nirvana front man, Kurt Cobain, killed himself with a shotgun blast to the head.  He was only 27 years old and had been a brilliant musical success, his band having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. Digging Deeper Despite being rich and successful, Cobain was depressed and got into trouble with drugs, specifically heroin.  Sadly, it seems drugs are at the root of many celebrity suicides and accidental deaths. Cobain had not always had it so good.  He had dropped out of high school and had been kicked out of the house by…

From the Series Lil’ History Chips On April 4, 1964, the Beatles, also known as “the Fab Four” or “the Mop Tops,” dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart with songs in each of the top 5 positions!   This incredible display of rock music domination is a feat that had never matched before or even since for that matter.   Defying all precedence, the band also had an additional 7 hits in lower positions on the chart for a total of 12 top 100 hits at one time!  Not even Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll himself, ever achieved this. The facts listed above should give an indication to everyone…

 A Brief History On April 3, 1885, German engineer Gottlieb Daimler had his internal combustion engine that was fueled by gasoline patented, paving the way for the development of what would become the main type of automobile engine.  Digging Deeper Only 5 years later, fellow German Rudolf Diesel patented the rugged engine that bears his name, and the second most prevalent automobile engine was born.  Even before Daimler and Diesel, other Germans had done pioneering work in regard to engines. Siegfried Marcus patented his version of the internal combustion engine in 1864 and later patented a type of magneto used in all…

A Brief History On April 2, 1917, just a few months after being reelected President of the United States on a platform of “He kept us out of war,” Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany, proving that you cannot believe a word a politician says. Digging Deeper Wilson, more or less the “peace candidate” who had initially resisted involvement in World War I, had been the President of Princeton University and the Governor of New Jersey prior to being elected President of the United States in 1912.  To this day, Wilson remains the only American president to have earned a…

A Brief History On April 1, 1939, Phil Niekro, Hall of Fame pitcher and winner of 318 major league games, was born.  Together with his brother, Joe, these 2 Polish-American baseball players won more games than any other brother combination in major league history.  Many other Polish-Americans have also gone on to greatness in major league baseball, and here we list some of the best or most well known (no disrespect to all the others).  Who else would you have included in the list? Digging Deeper 12. Richie Zisk, 1971 – 1983. A reliable 12-year player, Zisk once had 100 RBIs in a season…

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