More stories about History

  • Design Evolution

    Over the past two decades, many rectangular neighborhood pools that were state-of-the-art in the 1950s and ?60s became the ?dinosaurs of the industry.

  • Leisure Pools

    If you were to have asked someone to describe a pool 20 years ago, they’d probably have drawn something rectangular with six or eight lanes for swimming.

  • The Original Million Dollar Mermaid:The Annette Kellerman Story

    The modern world of Aquatics has produced some incredible personalities during the past 125+ years.

  • The Great Swim

    During the summer of 1926, journalists from America and Europe focused their readers' attention on who would become the first woman to swim the English Channel.

  • Off the Deep End

    In evolution, animals migrated from the water to land. In team sports, the opposite appears to be happening.

  • Surfing USA

    The Beach Boys had the concept in the 1960s: If everybody had an ocean, everybody would be surfing.

  • Questionable Values

    Not so long ago, the ability to swim was considered a valuable skill in America, so valuable, you couldn’t graduate from many colleges without it

  • Golden Opportunity

    A mid the bustle of Tiananmen Square is a semitrailer-sized digital sign that once counted down the seconds before Hong Kong’s return to China

  • Challenging Conventional Wisdom

    History is littered with examples of people mistaking collective wisdom for scientific fact. Probably the most notorious is the flat-earth theory. It took science and research to disprove that notion and show that, in fact, our world is quite the opposite

  • A Matter of Maturity

    In America, 15-year-olds aren’t allowed to do much, at least not legally.