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Dismantling the "Atom Smasher" at Rockaways' Playland, 1987; Queens Library, Arc
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January 20 marks the 127th anniversary of the patenting of the roller coaster. These scream-inducing attractions have spread all over the world and endured their own peaks and troughs of popularity...

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The Wright brothers achieve flight for the first time, December 17, 1903
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December 17 is a big day for aviation history. In 1903, Ohio bicycle makers Orville and Wilbur Wright took their homemade craft down to Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina and became the first to...

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1904 photograph of the children of J.A. Homeyer. Courtesy of the Queens Library,
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The tradition of the Christmas tree was already well-established in the United States by the end of the 19th Century. Although the first national Christmas tree wasn’t set up until 1913, (...

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Cornelis Claeszoon Anslo, Preacher, an etching by Rembrandt.
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Art lovers had a lot to fret about recently: The Associated Press reported that on Tuesday, October 16, thieves broke into a Dutch museum and stole seven paintings by legendary artists such as...

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