<p style="text-align: left">Some things never change, or so suggested the <em>Duluth News Tribune</em> in 1916:</p>
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The origins of America’s national pastime are murky to say the least. How- ever, the contest now recognized as the first officially recorded baseball game in U.S. history took place 165 years ago on June 19, 1846.
One thing we know for certain about baseball’s origins is it was not invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York in 1839. The beginnings of baseball are more likely found in earlier games such as rounders, town ball, and old cat. The latter is described in a 1905 <em>Baltimore American</em> article.
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One of the joys of browsing American historical newspapers is discovering the unexpected from around the world. Take this photograph, for example, of a car being dragged across a Siberian river during the Peking-to-Paris race in 1907:
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</a><p>Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer; Date: Aug. 18, 1907; Page: 29</p></div>
Or this photo of European ostrich racing in the 1920s:
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</a><p>Source: Morning Oregonian, Feb. 5, 1910</p></div>
Low-fat? Low-calorie? Low-carb?
Headlines seem to grab the public’s interest every day with warnings about what and what not to eat. With food-related health issues and rising obesity rates getting so much attention in the United States and around the world, it is tempting to think that mankind’s struggles with diet are new. But of course they aren’t!
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