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John Marshall, as painted by artist James Reid Lambdin.

How Justice John Marshall Expanded the Power of the Supreme Court

When John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1801, the nation’s highest court occupied a lowly position. There was no Supreme Court Building in the newly completed capital, Washington, D.C., so the six justices heard cases in a borrowed room in the ...read more

The Beatles, circa 1967.

Why Did the Beatles Break Up?

The four Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—changed music forever in a relatively brief timespan, bursting onto the scene in 1963 with "Please Please Me" and recording their last albums, "Let It Be" and "Abbey Road," in 1969. The foursome came ...read more

Gesprengte Ketten, Great Escape, TheKino. Gesprengte Ketten, Great Escape, The, Gesprengte Ketten, Great Escape, The, Richard Attenborough, Steve McQueen Auf der Flucht werden Barlett (Richard Attenborough) und Hilts (Steve McQueen) von den Deutschen an der Schweizer Grenze abgefangen., 1963. (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)

‘The Great Escape’: The Audacious Real Story of the WWII Allied Prison Break

The mass escape of 76 Allied airmen from a Nazi POW camp in March 1944 remains one of history’s most famous prison breaks. Although the German Luftwaffe designed the Stalag Luft III camp to be escape-proof, the audacious, real-life prison break immortalized in the 1963 movie The ...read more