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Today in 1901: First Nobel Prize in Medicine is awarded. It's for work on serums, such as this diphtheria serum.

Diphtheria was known as the "scourge of childhood." The bacterial disease was particularly hard on young children and often spread quickly through schools. The infection works in a horrifying way, simultaneously poisoning the victim and slowly suffocating him or her as the bacteria...
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How horses helped cure diphtheria

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Join us for a close look at these fascinating banknotes.

Hidden turtles and rude gestures in World War II-era Chinese banknotes

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Go Army? Go Navy? Whichever side you're on in today's Army-Navy game, enjoy some history of this tradition.

Army-Navy Saturday: A family tradition

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Love jazz? Love history? Our Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra is live right now for their December concert, "Jazz & Spirituality." Watch the performance with us here!

Tonight's concert will feature our big band, as well as special guests Harolyn Blackwell and Howard University's Afro Blue. Together they will explore how jazz and spirituality have intersected throughout the history of...
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Today in 1979: The World Health Organization declares the eradication of small pox. Twelve kids helped a doubting public accept the vaccine back in 1809.

12 kids who helped a doubting public accept the smallpox vaccine

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"We are all in it—all the way," President Franklin D. Roosevelt told Americans during a radio broadcast on today's date in 1941. "Every single man, woman and child is a partner in the most tremendous undertaking of our American history."

The United States had just joined the Allies in a global war against Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and imperial Japan that had been raging for two years....
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Happy first birthday to our Wegmans #Wonderplace! We've had over 102,000 visitors and appreciate the hard work of our 30 volunteers. If you've visited this learning space for ages 0-3, share your favorite part of the experience.
Today is the 130th birthday of frozen food pioneer Clarence Birdseye. On the blog, learn about Kubla Khan frozen food, which brought chop suey to the masses.

From the wok to the frozen food aisle

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Happy 110th birthday to Grace Murray Hopper! The computer scientist and Navy Rear Admiral was a fascinating person.

Women Mathematicians | Grace Hopper: The Navy and Computers

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Today we reflect on the legacy of John Glenn.

This tin lunch box in our collection was made by Thermos in 1963. The front side of the box shows a cross section of the Mercury manned space flight module, showing John Glenn operating the capsule. The reverse side shows the Atlas rocket launching from the space pad.
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Today in 1894: Cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar is born. More commonly known as E. C. Segar, he was the creator of Popeye. The sailor started out as a comic-strip character 1929 but later made appearances on radio, television, and movies.

The lunch boxes shown here are in our collection. The one on the black background is from 1964. The one on the white background is from 1980. Are you a...
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Ready for #HairsprayLive tonight? We are. Check out our hair care history: [ S.si.edu Link ]
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ben Kuroki wanted to serve his country. He was turned away from the first recruitment office due to his Japanese heritage, but that didn't stop him.

Ben Kuroki's blood chit

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"Dearest Mother and Dad, How can I write at such a time?" Beth Slingerland watched the attack on Pearl Harbor from her home 75 years ago today—and recorded the whole thing in letters to her parents.

Eyewitness to a "Day of Infamy": Commemorating Pearl Harbor

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On a quiet Sunday morning in Honolulu, a teacher looked out her window. From there, she watched the attack on Pearl Harbor unfold. Lucky for us, she recorded everything she saw.

Eyewitness to a "Day of Infamy": Commemorating Pearl Harbor

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How well does your outfit hold up over the course of the day?
In 1884, these four miners posed for a picture after emerging from the Kohinoor Colliery, a coal mine near Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.

Though their clothes and tools differ, the men share the same tired expression. Their headgear also boasts a common feature: a front-facing lamp. In the late 1900s, few miners wore caps in order to...
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Today in 1889: Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, dies in New Orleans. This is the Great Seal of the Confederacy, featuring an image of President George Washington.

A few things to notice about the seal:
• The wreath is made of the main agricultural products of the Confederacy, including cotton, tobacco, sugar cane, wheat, and rice.
• The...
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Humans have used the sun's light and heat for millennia but only recently learned how to convert solar energy to electricity. Learn more from The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center.

Solar on the Line | Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

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A local diner reveals a part of Civil Rights history we don't often remember: [ S.si.edu Link ]