HISTORY Lists

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9 Things You May Not Know About Isaac Newton

Find out more about this fascinating Englishman, from the job he held that involved sending people to the gallows to the cause of one of his most bitter rivalries.

The ticker-tape parade celebrating the end of Operation Desert Storm. (Credit: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)

7 Things You May Not Know About Ticker-Tape Parades

New York City has thrown more than 200 ticker-tape parades in its history, honoring a wide range of groups and individuals. Check out seven surprising facts you may not know about these unique celebrations.

Howard Hughes in the cockpit of the Spruce Goose in November 1947. (Credit: J.R. Eyerman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

7 Things You May Not Know About Howard Hughes

From the development of his massive Spruce Goose aircraft to his involvement in a top-secret CIA plot to recover a Soviet sub, get the facts about the eccentric billionaire.

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6 Famous Coincidences

History is full of bizarre, seemingly impossible coincidences. Check out six stories that may sound unbelievable—but are all true.

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5 Notorious Female Pirates

Take a look back at the criminal careers of five of history’s most ferocious seafaring women.

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6 Bizarre Natural Disasters

From a climate-changing volcanic eruption to a mysterious explosion in Siberia, learn the stories behind six weird weather events that made their mark on history.

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8 Famous Texas Rangers

From the days of the Texas Republic to the capture of Bonnie and Clyde, meet some of history’s most famous Texas Rangers.

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8 Things You Might Not Know about Booker T. Washington

Check out fascinating facts about the most famous and influential African American of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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8 Unusual Wartime Conservation Measures

Learn the stories behind eight of history’s most outside-the-box wartime cutbacks.

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8 Things You May Not Know About “The Wizard of Oz”

Explore the story of this literary classic and its author, L. Frank Baum, whose jobs ranged from chicken breeder to frontier storekeeper before he struck literary gold in 1900.

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7 Things You May Not Know About Sam Houston

Learn seven surprising facts about the legendary political and military leader who fought for Texan independence.

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8 Legendary Battle Cries

Learn the stories behind eight of military history’s most intimidating rallying cries.