AUTHOR: Evan Andrews
Andrew Carnegie’s Surprising Legacy
February 23, 2017

Before his death in 1919, steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie helped fund the creation of some 2,800 libraries across the world Read More

World War II’s Bizarre “Battle of Los Angeles”
February 23, 2017

On February 25, 1942, an infamous false alarm saw American military units unleash a torrent of anti-aircraft fire in the skies over Los Angeles. Read More

John Tyler’s Passionate White House Romance
February 10, 2017

During his lone term as president, widower John Tyler launched into a passionate courtship with a New York socialite 30 years his junior. Read More

The Green Book: The Black Travelers’ Guide to Jim Crow America
February 6, 2017

For nearly 30 years, a guide called the “Negro Motorist Green Book” provided African Americans with advice on safe places to eat and sleep when they traveled through the Jim Crow-era United States Read More

The Gruesome Blood Sports of Shakespearean England
January 30, 2017

Bear-baiting, dog fights and gladiatorial combat involving chimps were just a few of the grisly animal blood sports that were once a hot ticket in 16th and 17th century England. Read More

The Amazonian Expedition That Nearly Killed Theodore Roosevelt
January 26, 2017

Following a disappointing loss in the 1912 presidential election, Theodore Roosevelt struck out on a treacherous expedition to navigate an unmapped river in the Amazon. Read More

How “Tokyo Rose” Became WWII’s Most Notorious Propagandist
January 20, 2017

Convicted of treason for her infamous “Tokyo Rose” propaganda broadcasts during World War II, American Iva Toguri eventually spent nearly three decades waiting for her name to be cleared. Read More

The Treacherous Race to the South Pole
January 17, 2017

In the early 1910s, explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott engaged in a frantic, and ultimately tragic, race to be the first man to reach the South Pole. Read More

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919
January 13, 2017

Sugary-sweet molasses turned deadly on January 15, 1919, when a holding tank burst and sent 2.3 million gallons of the sticky liquid sweeping through the streets of Boston. Read More

Did a Premature Obituary Inspire the Nobel Prize?
December 9, 2016

Dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel never explained why he created the Nobel Prizes in his 1895 will, but he may have been inspired by reading an unflattering obituary—his own. Read More