Associated Press photographer Nick Ut snapped an iconic moment of the Vietnam War on this day in 1972. The subject: a nine-year-old girl named Phan Thi Kim Phuc running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack.
If you've driven around downtown Chicago, you've undoubtedly seen the trains whipping around on tracks above your car. The iconic 'L' system began service on this day in 1892, which makes it the second-oldest rapid transit system in America after New York City's Subway. It also trails behind NYC as the second-longest system in total mileage.
W. Heath Robinson is in the UK who Rube Goldberg is in the US. He was an English cartoonist best known for his drawings of eccentric machines: complex inventions that achieved absurdly simple results (a la Wallace and Gromit).
If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, you'll have to wait a while. "White Christmas" was recorded by Bing Crosby and the Ken Darby Singers, with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, on this day in 1942, which would become the best-selling single of all-time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide.
It's a good day to be a geek! Today is the 35 year anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars IV. It's also Towel Day, based on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, and The Glorious 25th of May from Discworld.