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Today in History
All serious topics and no play would make Today in History much too dull. Read about humor and games, and try your hand at a few quizzes here!

GI Joe Created star
The GI Joe action figure was created Feb. 9, 1964 as the first doll marketed to boys. Hasbro carefully created a masculine image of male doll while mirroring the trends of society.

Lego Teaches Us to Play Well star
Patented on January 28, 1958, the Lego brick lets us use our imagination to build worlds. Did you know it started with a duck? Here’s a partial visual history, with pictures from the Lego website.

May the 4th is the Start of Star Wars Days star
Jedi fans celebrate Star Wars Day this week because the pun is irresistible: “May the 4th be with you.” And it’s a trilogy, of course, as Vader devotees continue to geek out for the two days after that. Join me, and together we’ll find out how it all started.

The Discovery of Dord star
“Dord” was discovered by a lexicographer on February 28, 1939. This was back when a dictionary was a 3,000-page tome, not a search engine with a hidden word list. You’ve never heard of “dord”? Don’t worry – there is a valid reason.

The Samuel Applegate Alarm Clock star
Heavy sleepers could have thanked Samuel S. Applegate for his invention, which was patented on April 11, 1882. Too bad it was just too weird to be constructed!

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