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116 seasons of Gonzaga basketball

The starting point – Dec. 15, 1905 – was a 40-5 victory over Medical Lake High School at Gonzaga's new gymnasium, the first game of 116 seasons of Bulldogs basketball. But even as recently as 25 years ago, no one could have imagined the program becoming the most remarkable story in college basketball. Here's a look at the Zag timeline, then to now.

Dams of the Northwest

There are more than 60 dams and up to 150 hydroelectric facilities in the quarter-million square miles that make up the Columbia River watershed. On average, there’s a dam every 72 miles of river. The Snake River alone has 20 dams. Our own Spokane River has seven.

The ‘iron curtain’ of Europe

On this date 75 years ago, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred to the closing of Eastern Europe by the Soviet Union after World War II as an “iron curtain” that had descended across Europe. This speech is often cited as the uno­fficial start of the Cold War that would affect the world for the next half-century. But, of course, the seeds of the Cold War had been planted much earlier than that.

Francis Scott Key writes the national anthem

Over the night of Sept. 13-14, 1814, lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key had a front-row seat to an enormous attack on the U.S. by the British navy. The British attack failed, inspiring Key to write the poem that would become the national anthem.

The birth of rock and roll

Seventy years ago, Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm band recorded what many music historians consider to be the first rock ‘n’ roll record: Turner’s composition, “Rocket 88” – an ode to a make of Oldsmobile popular among young people at the time.

The era of the corporate giants

One hundred and twenty years ago, banker and financier J.P. Morgan created U.S. Steel by engineering a merger of three of the nation’s largest steel companies. The result had a market capitalization of $1.4 billion, making it the world’s first billion-dollar corporation.

‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’: A collection of old German folk stories

Two hundred and nine years ago, brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm – both highly educated experts in German literature – published a collection of old German folk tales they called “Kinder-und Hausmärchen”: “Children’s and Household Tales.” We know these today as “Grimms’ Fairy Tales.”

MVPs: The Most Valuable Players of the first 54 Super Bowls

In a game designed to showcase the very best of the NFL’s best, how can anyone single out just one player to be deemed the “most valuable”? Some years, a player will exceed all expectations and stand out above the rest. Some years, it’s a single moment that fans will remember for years to come. And in others still: It can be a difficult choice. Here’s a look at Super Bowl MVPs over the years.

Results of the first 54 Super Bowls

Whether you tune in because you love pro football, because you’re a fan of one of the two teams or if you just like seeing the debut of the world’s greatest TV commercials, you’ll most likely watch the 55th annual Super Bowl Sunday. Here’s a look at the rich history of the National Football League’s big finale:

Chasing the Babe: Hank Aaron made baseball history

He made baseball history without the help of steroids or the kind of fame national TV or 24-hour sports channels could bring. He did it despite the racism he encountered in baseball and society. But 47 years ago this spring, Hank Aaron – who died Friday at age 86 – broke Babe Ruth’s not-so-un- breakable-after-all career home run record.

Eight previous attacks in or on the U.S. Capitol

The incident Wednesday in which a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump overran the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., is not the first time the building has found itself under attack. Over the past 185 years, the building and its occupants have been bombed three times, seen one presidential assassination attempt, an attack with anthrax-laden mail and a gun attack by four armed men from the gallery of the House of Representatives. And one incident in which a congressman nearly beat a Senator to death.

New Year’s traditions

New Year’s Eve is nearly upon us already (and, seriously, good riddance to 2020). Here’s a look at some of the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions in the U.S. and around the world:

Christmas by the numbers

Christmas 2020 has certainly been an odd year for many of us: There are fewer public gatherings and shopping habits have changed. But still, people are shopping and, presumably, sharing of gifts and good cheer is still at the center of our holiday plans.

A super American: Captain America turns 80

The iconic comic book hero Captain America first hit newsstands 80 years ago this month, in a book with the cover date of March 1941. Cap has starred in movies and serials, served as leader of the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers – and was frozen in a giant block of ice for a couple of decades. Here’s a look at the (fictional) life and times of Captain America, Steve Rogers.

The kinda sorta real Election Day

You remember Election Day, right? Six weeks ago tomorrow? Lots of political ads? Guys on TV, excitedly talking in front of giant U.S. maps? What if we told you that was just one Election Day for 2020 ... and that our next president is actually elected today?

Updating NASA’s plan to return to the moon

In early 2019, the White House directed NASA to put astronauts on the moon by 2024. That would require an enormous increase in the agency’s budget – and at a time when folks on Capitol Hill haven’t been favorable to more big-ticket items or more requests from the Donald Trump administration. Despite the apparent lack of funding, NASA on Wednesday named 18 astronauts – including Spokane’s Anne McClain – to its team of astronauts to fly its projected Artemis missions and has been moving forward on getting a real lunar landing vehicle built.

Very special holiday TV specials

Forget trimming our trees or singing Christmas carols. Let’s admit what we really look forward to this time of year is watching the annual broadcasting of our favorite holiday TV specials.

The all-too-brief life of John Lennon

Forty years ago today – Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon – former leader of The Beatles – was gunned down by a fan with mental issues in front of his apartment building near New York’s Central Park. Here’s a look at highlights of the post-Beatles career of Lennon: