Around 1940, the result of 2 small studies set off a panic. A handful of subjects deprived of Vitamin B1 (thiamine) became sluggish and apathetic. One experiment concluded that thiamine deficiency was causing Americans to lack energy and motivation—conditions a country mobilizing for war could not afford. Consequently, the government endorsed products enriched with thiamine. […]
During the first game of a July 5, 1924 doubleheader with the Senators, Babe Ruth ran into a wall after running after a foul ball. He was knocked out for about five minutes. According to an July 6, 1924 article in the New York Times: [It] happened in the fourth inning, when Babe made a valiant effort […]
Two seamstresses stitch together a sun-shade for the Skylab Orbital Workshop – the first United States Experimental space station in orbit – which lost its thermal protection shield during the launch on May 14, 1973. Without the heat shield, the temperature inside the Orbital Workshop became dangerously high, rendering the workshop uninhabitable and threatening the […]
Captain J. W. Finley of Hazelhurst, Ga., Co. F, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, although suffering from severe neck and face wounds as a result of an exploding Chinese grenade, braces himself upright between two jeeps and refuses to leave until he has finished directing first aid treatment and evacuation of wounded men of […]
Three pickers going home from work on September 13, 1911. Anne, 7 years old, and brother Vincent said 11. Vincent picked last summer. Inez, sister said 6 years old, “and picked last summer wid me mudder.” Smallest one not quite large enough to get work. Their father works in Parker Mills, Massachusetts.
Women pick cotton for the U.S. Crop Corps in 1943. From 1943 to 1947, the Women’s Land Army (WLA) was formed as part of the U.S. Crop Corps and the Victory Farm Volunteers (for teenage boys and girls). It recruited more than one million women workers to fill the void left by men fighting overseas. […]