Betsy Ross May Not Have Made The First Flag, But She Really Did Make Flags (Cool Weird Awesome 917)

Today in 1752, the birthday of the woman known today as Betsy Ross. The legend goes that after meeting with General George Washington, Mrs. Ross put together the very first version of what would become the flag of the United States. Historians are pretty sure that’s just a legend, but there are reasons why the story came to be.

By |2023-01-02T08:48:32-05:00January 1, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Cheers To The First Woman To Perform Shakespeare Onstage, Whoever She Was (Cool Weird Awesome 900)

Today in 1660, for the first time a woman took to the stage in England and performed a role in a production of Shakespeare’s Othello. We know she was a trailblazer. We know she was a pioneer. We don’t know who she was.

By |2022-12-09T16:12:14-05:00December 8, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Helen Hulick, Who Went To Jail For The Right To Wear Slacks In Court (Cool Weird Awesome 888)

Today in 1938, a California woman took a stand in court for the right to wear slacks instead of a dress in court. Here's the story of Helen Hulick and her campaign against "anti-slackism."

By |2022-11-15T09:13:13-05:00November 15, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Hisako Koyama Tracked Sunspots For Almost Half A Century (Cool Weird Awesome 859)

International Astronomy Day is coming up this weekend, so we’re talking about Hisako Koyama, an astronomer who hand-drew tens of thousands of daily observations of the sun and its spots.

By |2022-10-05T05:59:15-04:00October 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Margaret Abbott Won Olympic Gold Even Though She Didn’t Know She Was In The Olympics (Cool Weird Awesome 858)

Today in 1900, Margaret Abbott became the first American woman to win an Olympic title, even though she didn’t know she was in the Olympics.

The U.S. Had An Aunt Sammy As Well As An Uncle Sam (Cool Weird Awesome 857)

Today in 1926, America’s aunt made her debut on the airwaves. That would be Aunt Sammy, who gave cooking tips to millions of listeners in the early days of radio.

By |2022-10-03T08:06:50-04:00October 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

At Age 11, Venetia Burney Named Pluto (Cool Weird Awesome 807)

Today in 1918, the birthday of Venetia Burney, who at age eleven, did something few people have done: she named a planet!

By |2022-07-11T09:37:17-04:00July 11, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Bessie Stringfield Became Miami’s “Motorcycle Queen” (Cool Weird Awesome 806)

It's National Motorcycle Day, so it's a perfect day to tell the story of one of the most legendary riders of all time: Bessie Stringfield, whose cross country trips and daring won her the name "Motorcycle Queen of Miami."

By |2022-07-08T07:22:15-04:00July 8, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

How Did U.S. Dollars Get Their Name? (Cool Weird Awesome 804)

Today in 1785, the US Congress decided that the name of our country’s currency would be the dollar. Getting to that point was kind of a trek.

When Jacqueline Cochran Broke The Sound Barrier (Cool Weird Awesome 774)

Today in 1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier. Then again, Cochran moved at high speed her whole career. Plus: today in 1838, the birthday of Alexander Miles, a Black inventor who made elevators what they are today. 

By |2022-05-18T06:19:11-04:00May 18, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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