" Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy. "
Louisa May Alcott

Back in the day

History

Barbie Doll Debuts

When Ruth Handler, wife of Mattel toy company co-founder Elliot Handler, realized that there were no adult-bodied dolls on the toy market, she suggested to her husband that Mattel begin producing one. In 1959, Barbie made her debut. She was based on a German doll called Bild Lilli and was marketed as a "Teen-age Fashion Model." According to estimates, over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide and many have become collector's items. How much is a mint-condition original Barbie worth?

Feature

Article

Capoeira

An Afro-Brazilian dance form that incorporates self-defense maneuvers, capoeira originated among African slaves in 19th-century Brazil and is now a popular art form practiced worldwide. Capoeira is performed in a special roda, or circle, where practitioners take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring. While capoeira focuses on skill rather than injuring opponents, the intensity of an individual game depends on the rhythm of the music. Why was capoeira outlawed in Brazil in 1890?

Born on a day like today

Article

Yuri Gagarin

Gagarin was a Russian cosmonaut who, in 1961, became the first human being to successfully travel into space. Gagarin circled the earth once during his 1-hour-and-48-minute flight aboard the Vostok 1. His success is believed to have ushered in the modern era of man in space, and Gagarin toured widely to promote the Soviet achievement. Ironically, he died in a plane crash just seven years later. What factors did Soviet officials consider when choosing Gagarin for the historic space flight?

Last updated on Monday, 9th March 2009

More sponsors

Sponsors