First woman to fly solo over the Atlantic
NATIONAL ARCHIVES/Shutterstock You probably slept through your last flight over the Atlantic ocean. (Unless you’re a pilot and then we sincerely hope you didn’t.) But less than a century ago, flying was a dangerous, risky sport. And on May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart earned her place on the list of high-flying adrenaline junkies when she became the first woman aviator to pilot a solo transatlantic flight. She was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross by the U.S. Congress. History buffs, do you know the true facts behind these 18 history lessons your teacher lied to you about?
First telephone call
Nara Archives/Shutterstock “Mr. Watson, come here” —these dry words were immortalized in historical cannon on March 10, 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call to his assistant, Watson, who was just in the next room. We wonder if he might have chosen something a little more auspicious if he’d known how famous those first, crackly words would become? Either way, at least he didn’t have to pay for long distance!