History In The Headlines

Category: Hoaxes

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The Cardiff Giant Fools the Nation, 145 Years Ago

In 1869, trickster George Hull masterminded one of the 19th century’s most sensational hoaxes: the discovery of a 10-foot-tall giant.

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“The War of the Worlds” Broadcast, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles radio drama “The War of the Worlds,” look back at the most famous broadcast in radio history.

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History’s Most Famous Literary Hoaxes

Thirty years after the Hitler Diaries were exposed as a fraud, here’s a look back at some of history’s other famous fictions.

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8 Zany April Fools’ Day Hoaxes

From spaghetti trees to a Nixon comeback, check out some of history’s most elaborate April Fools’ Day pranks.