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Nylon: First Synthetic Fiber

Nylon became the world’s first synthetic fiber when it was introduced on October 27, 1938. DuPont chemist Wallace Carothers created the material from chemicals found in petroleum. The material was introduced as nylon stockings. By the 1950s, nylon was in everything and made up 63% of the world’s textiles by 1965.

Retrospectacle: The Rise of the Miniskirt

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The Legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Steve Dahl’s Notorious 1979 Disco Demolition

Disco Demolition was a promotional event held at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979. The Chicago ... more
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