Deals abound this time of year, and many of those holiday bargains can be found online. In the past, one of the drawbacks of shopping online had been the added cost of shipping. However, retailers are stepping up their efforts to boost online sales and are offering free shipping promotions.
But is “free” shipping really free? We investigated what online retailers are really offering.
Dec. 3, 1907: In his annual Message to Congress – the predecessor of the State of the Union Address – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt says “We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so."
Dec. 2, 1942: Scientists stage the first successful nuclear chain reaction in a makeshift lab beneath the grandstand of the University of Chicago football stadium.
Dec. 1, 1923: Poor construction is blamed for the collapse of the Gleno Dam in the Italian Alps. A wall of water buries three towns and claims over 400 lives.
Nov. 30, 1980: The U.S. Congress passes the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, protecting over 100 million acres of Federal land in Alaska and doubling the acreage included in the National Parks System. President Jimmy Carter signs the bill into law two days later.
Nov. 29, 1979: The floodgates are closed for the first time on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Tellico Dam, ending a six-year controversy. The dam’s construction was opposed due to the presence of the snail darter, a small endangered fish, in the Tellico River.
Nov. 27, 1966: New York City is enveloped in smog, resulting in hundreds of hospitalizations. At right, smog covers the city in 1998.