Jim Henson became known worldwide in 1969 after joining the children's television program Sesame Street. His job was to create characters for the show. Henson was involved with Sesame Street for over 20 years. He made successful movies and won two Emmy Awards for his television programs.
Bob Ross was one of the most well-known painters in the United States. He was able to share his love of painting on the popular television show The Joy Of Painting. Ross recorded over 400 episodes of his show and millions of people would regularly watch it.
Bruce Lee was a martial arts expert and movie star. He mastered the art of kung fu and could perform it to near perfection. Bruce Lee made martial arts movies that were extremely popular. They were considered a new type of action cinema. He is a legendary icon of Kung Fu martial arts movies.
Steve Irwin was an international celebrity and conservationist. His television series The Crocodile Hunter thrilled audiences around the world. He is remembered for his many efforts to preserve wildlife. Irwin owned and ran a popular zoo. He died from a Stingray attack while filming a documentary.
Evel Knievel will be remembered for making motorcycle jumps over record-setting numbers of vehicles while wearing a patriotic jumpsuit. His fans will never forget all the excitement he provided sold-out audiences. Knievel's best-known jumps and crashes were seen on ABC's Wide World of Sports.
John Clem was the Union Army's youngest soldier at 9-years-old. He was the drummer boy for an Army Unit from Michigan. He was called The Drummer Boy of Chickamauga after being in the Civil War battle. Clem's bravery was legendary. He was in the Army for 53 years and retired as a brigadier general.
Chris Farley was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1964. He was a very successful American comedian and actor. Farley is remembered for his acting on shows like Saturday Night Live and in movies like Beverly Hills Ninja, Tommy Boy and more.
Bessie Coleman wanted to be a pilot at a young age. African-Americans had no flight-school opportunities in the early 1900s. She saved up her money and went to France to attend a flight school. Bessie Coleman earned a pilot’s license and instantly became an inspiration for many people.
In 1891, James Naismith was told to create a game that could be played inside during the winter. He decided to nail two peach baskets on opposite ends of a gymnasium. Balls put in them were retrieved using ladders by the baskets. This is how the sport we know today as basketball got started.
In the early 1900s, Audrey Munson was one of the most sought after models in New York. Her fame brought her offers to be in the film industry. Scandals and unfortunate circumstances destroyed her career. She is still considered America's first supermodel.
Joshua Norton’s failed business deal financially devastated him. In 1859, he declared himself Emperor of the United States. Citizens of San Francisco made him a celebrity. He got free theater tickets, ferry rides, his own currency, made official proclamations and more.
Nellie Bly was one of the first female investigative journalists in the United States. She went undercover at an insane asylum to expose the serious abuse of patients. In 1889, she traveled around the world by herself in just 72 days. An amazing accomplishment for a female at the time.
After seeing their village, friends and family destroyed by the German army, the Bielski Brothers led people into the woods for protection. Once there, they created a new village and developed a successful fighting force.
Bass Reeves may have been the inspiration for the character The Lone Ranger. He was a U.S. Deputy Marshal who worked with a Native American, gave out silver dollars and always got the criminal he was assigned to bring to justice.
“It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” is a Halloween classic that first aired during October of 1966. Since then it has been a regular part of the Halloween celebration. Many interesting things happened during its production.
Cassandra Peterson created the character Elvira in 1981. It was done for a local television station in Los Angeles. The show was called Movie Macabre. Once her shows started to broadcast, Elvira quickly became a very popular personality.
Robby the Robot is a movie prop first seen in the 1956 movie Forbidden Planet. It cost 7 percent of the movie's budget to build. It forever altered the way movie audiences viewed robots in cinema.
Malala Yousfazi won a Nobel Prize for her work in advocating education for girls around the world. This is the reason she was shot by the Taliban. She survived the attack and continues to advocate that all girls have a right to an education.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was part of the German resistance to Hitler. He actively preached, wrote and spoke against Hitler. Bonhoeffer helped Jews escape, passed intelligence to Britain and more.
Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar playing and musical talent is legendary. He is credited with creating a blues revival during the 1980s and more.
Betsy Terrell was with Poppa Neutrino for many of his amazing adventures. This includes performing as a street musician worldwide, crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a raft and more.
Despite his son having a severe case of cerebral palsy, Dick Hoyt participated in marathon races as well as Ironman Triathlons and more with his son Rick. Their special relationship has inspired millions of people.
Xia Boyu made four previous attempts to climb Mount Everest. He succeeded on his fifth attempt at the age of 69. Boyu was a double amputee.
Dale Sanders accomplished at the age of 82 what people much younger fail to do every year. He hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.
Christy Brown could only control his left leg as a result of his cerebral palsy. He overcame his disability to become an accomplished painter and international best-selling author.
Wilma Rudolph suffered several childhood illnesses, including polio. She overcame all of them to win three gold medals at the Summer Olympics of 1960, earning her the title of the fastest female in the world.
Agatha Christie is known for her 66 detective novels. She is one of best selling authors of all time. Christie is in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling over 2 billion books.
Eddie Feigner pitched over 9,700 victories, 140,500 strikeouts, and more than 930 no-hit games. He was called the greatest softball pitcher who ever lived by the Washington Post.
J.K. Rowling is a hugely successful author. At one time she was a single mother struggling to pay her bills. Today, she is one of the wealthiest writers in the world.
Ian Fleming is the author of the James Bond spy novels. He based these stories on the many experiences he had as a British naval intelligence officer during World War II.
When people meet Frank Abagnale today, they meet a well-known security consultant. His life prior to starting his business made him one of the most famous con artists in American history.
The real name of Curly Howard was Lester Horwitz. He was the youngest of the family and determined to follow his brothers into show business. Some consider him the most popular of the Three Stooges.
Mo'ne Davis made little league history. She is the first African-American girl to play in the Little League World Series, pitch a shutout, and be on the cover of a major sports magazine.
Larry Ellison was born into a poor family. His mother gave him up for adoption when he was nine months old. Today, he is one of the wealthiest people in the world.
During the 1980s, Chris Gardner was a homeless man struggling to raise his son. He eventually became a successful stockbroker and investor. This inspired a book and movie about his life.
When she was 13, Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark when surfing. She lost her left arm. A month later Hamilton began surfing again. Two years later, she won a surfing championship.
A man-made famine instituted during the 1930s by Joseph Stalin caused widespread terror and starvation in the Ukraine. It's estimated to have killed between 7 and 10 million people.
Nancy Wake was very successful at covert operations during World War II. By 1943, she was the most wanted person by the German Gestapo. She received medals from France, Britain and the United States.
Harland David Sanders didn't have enough money to retire at 65. He decided to open a restaurant selling his special fried chicken. It resulted in one of the most successful franchises in U.S. history.
Terry Fox was an athlete who had his leg amputated because of cancer. In 1980, he ran across Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien was an Oxford professor, poet, and author. He is best known for writing “The Hobbit” and the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.”
The Mercury 13 were women who completed the initial astronaut training in 1961, as part of a privately funded program. They never went into space because they were females.
Polly Letofsky spent five years walking around the world. She did it as part of a campaign to increase breast cancer awareness.
An Agreement with the students on a high school baseball team forever changed the life of Jim Morris. He went from being a high school teacher into being a professional baseball player.
Peace Pilgrim walked over 25,000 miles in North America for world Peace. She carried only a pencil, toothbrush, comb and a single set of clothes when she traveled.
Poppa Neutrino is known for his many adventures. One of them is building a raft out of debris found on the streets of New York City and sailing it across the Atlantic Ocean.
It is estimated H.H. Holmes killed hundreds of people in a building he designed and built to efficiently commit murder.
Roy Chapman Andrews was an adventurer in the 1930s. He worked for a museum collecting exhibits. His fear of snakes, battles with bandits and more may have inspired the movie character Indiana Jones.
Chuck Wepner was a professional boxer from Bayonne, New Jersey. His fight against Muhammad Ali in 1975 inspired Sylvester Stallone to make the movie “Rocky.”
Natalie du Toit lost her leg in an accident at 17. She is the first amputee to swim in the Olympics when she qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is internationally recognized for its artwork by Native Americans, First Nations, and other Indigenous peoples.
Jackie Mitchell was a professional female baseball player who pitched for the Chattanooga Lookouts. At the age of 17, she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig consecutively in a 1931 exhibition game.
A man named Julian Santana Barrera found a dead girl in a canal. He spent decades placing hundreds of dolls on an island to honor her spirit. It's known as the Island of the Dolls.
Eddie Gaedel was 26-years-old and stood 3 feet 7 inches. He drew a walk during his only major league baseball at bat on August 19, 1951.
The Spruce Goose was the largest aircraft ever to take flight. It was built and piloted by Howard Hughes.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles were forced to combine as one team for the 1943 NFL Season in order to survive. They were known as the Steagles.
Alnwick Castle provides visitors with stunning landscapes, gardens, a museum, tree house and other attractions.
In 1864, the submarine H.L. Hunley sunk the USS Housatonic making it the first submarine in history to successfully carry out such an attack.
The Fort Pitt Block House was part of Fort Pitt and has been standing in the same location since 1764.
After 26 seasons George Blanda had the longest NFL career. He was able to win games as a quarterback and as a kicker.
ToonSeum is a fascinating place. It is a museum dedicated to the cartoon and comic arts. Toonseum is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
It's known as the most famous diamond in the world. The Hope Diamond can be seen at the National Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. It is an impressive diamond surrounded by a legendary curse
The Hollywood Bowl is a historic landmark. Musicians such as Al Jolson, Nat “King” Cole, Alicia Keys and more have performed there. It's also seen Mikhail Beryshiniknov Mickey Rooney and many others.
The CN Tower is a magnificent structure. It is an iconic landmark and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Canada.
The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park is a great place to see old US Navy ships, submarines, military aircraft, and more.
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is a great place to visit. People of any age who are loyal hockey fans will enjoy it.
The much loved Buffalo wing got its start at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY in the 1960s. It's a place where history occurred that forever changed how chicken wings are prepared.
The USS Midway Museum is a ship that was the longest serving aircraft carrier in the history of the US Navy. It has flight simulators, audio tours and over 60 different locations to see on the ship.
The House on the Rock in Wisconsin is a unique structure filled with unusual exhibits and displays. Everything from carousel creatures, robotic instruments being played, special doll houses and more.
The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is located in downtown, Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is a stunning example of 19th century architecture. It was built by Bishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy.
Flight 93 Memorial is located in western Pennsylvania. It is designed to honor the passengers and crew who died on September 11, 2001. It has a memorial plaza, wall of names, ceremonial gate and more.
The National Air And Space Museum is a place where people can view a number of historic artifacts from flying as well as space exploration. There are double winged planes, spacecraft and more.
The Idaho Potato Museum is a fun place where people can see exhibits and learn about the development of the famous Idaho Potato. It has interesting displays, a hall of fame, gift shop and more.
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village provide visitors with numerous historical artifacts and interactive experiences. People can see a variety of historical buildings, cars, tools and more.
The Devils Tower is an amazing thing to see. It is a favorite place for climbers and hikers to practice their sport. The park has trails, a visitors center and various amenities for visitors.
Biosphere 2 is a huge structure in Arizona built to see if people could colonize other planets. It provides tours and information about the Biosphere 2 missions, experiments and more.
The Mob Museum is also called the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. People can visit here and learn about the Mob and law enforcement members who worked to bring them to justice.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a place to go for anyone who is a fan of rock and roll music. People can learn about the history of their favorite performer, see the hall of fame inductees and more.
Hershey's Chocolate World is a place where people can take tours and learn about the many aspects of chocolate manufacturing. Visitors are able to spend time in chocolate shops, restaurants and more
The United States Space Camp is a place where children and adults can learn about space exploration. There are hands-on activities, simulators and exhibits. Popular overnight camps are also available.
The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum is the former home of Margaret Mitchell. It's the place where she wrote “Gone With The Wind.” A book that won a Pulitzer-Prize and set publishing sales records.
Sutter's Fort is a place that enables people to see and experience life in the 1840s in California. It was part of fascinating historical events like the California Gold Rush, Donner Party and more.
At the International UFO Museum And Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico people can see exhibits, obtain UFO information and do research. It's also where a famous UFO incident took place in 1947
Alcatraz Prison is a popular tourist destination. It is located on Alcatraz Island off the shore of San Francisco. It's been the subject of movies and books. Several famous criminals spent time there.
The Indian Watchtower at the Grand Canyon is a stunning building designed to have a Native American appearance. It has paintings, a gift shop and also provides a spectacular view of the Grand Canyon.
The Fort Pitt Museum is a place where people can learn about the area's role in the French and Indian War as well as Revolutionary War. It has exhibits, documents, artifacts, artwork and more.
Madame Tussauds is a museum of wax figures that has been entertaining people since the 1700s. A number of these museums are available to visit in large cities around the world.
The National Museum of Crime and Punishment was designed to help people learn about forensic science and criminology. It offers interactive exhibits and simulations the entire family can enjoy.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium provides the opportunity to see an amazing number of sea creatures. Penguins, living kelp, sharks and more are on display. It's one of the largest aquariums in the world.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame is in Alexandria, Virginia. It is a place that honors inventors and their inventions. It also has a number fascinating exhibits and excellent educational programs.
Fort Sumter is a great place to visit and see history. It's where the American Civil War started. There is a museum as well as the actual fort that can be experienced and more.
Niagara Falls is a place that has casinos, museums, botanical gardens, great restaurants, fine hotels and more. It also has one of the most amazing natural waterfalls in the world.
This is one of the few biblical botanical gardens found in North America. It has been open to visitors since 1987. The Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical garden has new plants every year to see.
The Winchester Mystery House was built by Sarah Winchester. She inherited a fortune from her husband. It's called the house built by spirits. The mansion was constructed to appease angry spirits.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum provides visitors the opportunity to see work created by an American female artist whose paintings and other art creations are recognized around the world.
The Heyward-Washington House is a structure built during the 1700s. It was the home of a signer to the Declaration of Independence and a place where George Washington stayed when visiting Charleston.
The Andy Warhol Museum provides visitors with the opportunity to view thousands of pieces of art created by the iconic artist Andy Warhol. It's the largest museum dedicated to one artist in the U.S.
The Bolivar Heights battlefield at Harpers Ferry is a place to visit for fans of the Civil War. Union and Confederate troops fought five times to gain control of the area.
The Biltmore is the largest private residence in the United States. Built by George Washington Vanderbilt, it has over 135,200 square feet of living area.
Point Stat Park is a 36 acre park located in the city of Pittsburgh. It is a beautiful place that provides a variety of recreational opportunities to all who go there.
The New Mexico State Capitol Building is an impressive looking structure. Inside is beautiful artwork to be enjoyed by the public. Outside is a garden with statues of native peoples and more.
The mansion at Hartwood Acres is a 31 room architectural work of art. People can take tours and enjoy the many stunning antiques contained within it.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a huge challenge. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is available to provide important information on all aspects of hiking the trail.
The Rattlesnake Museum provides education on rattlesnakes and other types of venomous creatures. Visitors can experience a diverse collection of live rattlesnakes and other animals.
The mystery behind the Loretto Chapel staircase has been the subject of television shows, books and movies.
Visitors Are Welcome At One Of The Oldest Working Observatories in the United States
The NHL started in 1917. It had never had a black player. Things changed in 1958 when Canadian Willie O'Ree played a game for the Boston Bruins. He was called professional hockey's Jackie Robinson. He played from 1955 to 1979.
Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues played for 15 seasons in the NBA despite being only 5'3". During his career, he had over 6,000 assists, 1,200 steals, and more than 6,000 points.
The American Football League existed from 1960 to 1969. It officially merged with the NFL in 1970. It instituted the wild card playoff, two- point conversion, Thanksgiving Day football and more.
Jim Abbott is a baseball legend. He was born with no right hand. He pitched a no-hitter with the New York Yankees
The game of horseshoes can be played at any picnic for fun. It can also be played as part of a tournament for winnings. It's been a popular sport since the times of the ancient Romans.
In the past, a dodgeball game was most often played on playgrounds and in school gymnasiums. It is now a professional sport with leagues, championships and professional players.
Demolition derby is the gladiator sport for vehicles. The goal is for drivers to survive crashing into vehicles, as others crash into theirs. The last vehicle running wins.
All-women roller derby leagues are growing in popularity. The sport has been around since the 1930s, and is currently being considered as an Olympic sport for the 2020 games.
Segway Polo is growing in popularity. It requires players to control their segway while trying to hit a ball with their mallet across a goal and score.
Sport stacking requires superior hand-eye coordination as well as timing and in many cases, teamwork. This sport provides fun and excitement for all those involved with it.
There are many physical, mental and emotional benefits to training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It involves learning to control emotions, as well as improve health and more.
Bossaball is a sport that has taken playing volleyball to a new level. It provides players with the ability to do moves using a trampoline and land on an inflated surface.
Joggling is running while juggling 3 to 7 balls. It's not a new sport. It's been around for over 40 years.
Arm wrestling is no longer just something people do on a whim. It is a now a professional sport. Its athletes can make a significant amount of money by winning arm wrestling tournaments.
There is a form of boxing that require brawn and brains. Chess boxing is for the intelligent person who also has athletic ability.
Disc Golf is a sport that resembles golf. It requires skills and abilities using a disc that works like a Frisbee. Players try to get the disc in a chain basket. It's not easy.
One of the most popular water sports is wakeboarding. It is growing in both popularity and status as a sport.