When Castro Won a Hemingway-Sponsored Fishing Tournament in May 1960

In 1939, Ernest Hemingway purchased a home in Cuba, ten miles from Havana, in the village San Francisco de Paula. The “Finca VigĂ­a” (the “lookout house”) was a place of retreat. It was there where he wrote seven of his books, including “The Old Man and the Sea”. Despite living on and off in Cuba…

Fear as a Political Weapon and the Death of Joseph McCarthy

On this day, May 2, 1957, Joseph McCarthy, the controversial U.S. Senator, dies at the age of 48 due to alcohol-related illnesses (probably cirrhosis of the liver). Mccarthy was notorious for his anti-communist rhetoric and for making deceitful, biased and insubstantial accusations towards his political opponents, charging them with subversion and philo-communism. This practice would…

Nixon Releases Watergate Tapes to Investigators: April 29, 1974

  During a nationally televised address from the White House, on this day in 1974, President Nixon announced that he was going to release the White House tapes to the House Judiciary Committee which subpoenaed the tapes of 42 White House conversations. One of those tapes later became known as the “smoking gun”, in which…

MC Escher: 10 Things You Should Know About The Artist of Impossible Worlds

His artwork has been reproduced countless times in pop culture and you’ve probably seen it somewhere even if you have never heard of MC Escher. Maurits Cornelis Escher was an artist with a unique perspective and a keen sense of geometry and mathematics which he used to create impossible worlds and three-dimensional optical illusions. Despite…