HISTORY Lists

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9 Things You May Not Know About Nikola Tesla

Check out some fascinating facts about the Serbian-American physicist and engineer.

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7 Presidential War Stories

From James Monroe’s Revolutionary War heroics to George H.W. Bush’s brush with death during World War II, get the facts on the wartime experiences of seven American chief executives.

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10 Fascinating Facts About Charles Lindbergh

Learn 10 surprising facts about the heroic and controversial life of the aviator known as “The Lone Eagle.”

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6 Infamous Impostors

From a murderer who claimed he was a Rockefeller to a woman who passed as a male soldier during the U.S. Civil War, get the story behind six of history’s most fascinating phonies.

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10 Famous Elephants From History

Whether revered as a divine symbol of luck and wisdom, used as unique tools of diplomacy between leaders, deployed to intimidate opposing armies or put on display in the service of status or science, elephants have loomed large in the historical record.

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10 Things You May Not Know About John Dillinger

Below, learn 10 surprising facts about the short and infamous life of the man the authorities branded “Public Enemy No. 1.”

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6 Vicious Rivalries

From warring paleontologists to a pair of dueling founding fathers, explore six of history’s fiercest rivalries.

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6 Famous Castaways

Explore six incredible stories of people who were stranded in unforgiving territory and lived to tell the tale.

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6 Early Amusement Parks

Take a trip through six of history’s most enchanting and influential amusement parks.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Praetorian Guard

Equal parts secret service, special forces and urban administrators, Rome’s Praetorian Guard was one of the ancient world’s most prestigious military units.

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The Fascinating Stories Behind 8 Famous Photos

Get the stories behind some of the world’s most iconic photos, from the flag-raising on Iwo Jima to the day Elvis met Nixon.

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6 Legendary Mercenary Armies

Get the facts on six of history’s most infamous and influential private armies.