HISTORY Lists

Author: Elizabeth Nix

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7 Things You May Not Know About Walt Disney

From the business setback that spurred him to develop his most famous cartoon character to the persistent myth surrounding his death, check out seven fascinating facts about this entertainment legend.

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6 Viking Leaders You Should Know

From Erik the Red, who founded Greenland’s first Norse settlement, to Cnut the Great, who ruled a vast empire in northern Europe, find out about six fascinating figures of the Viking Age.

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6 Daring Double Agents

Learn about six fascinating double agents, from the FBI counterspy who brought down a major espionage ring in the United States to the operative who fooled the Nazis about D-Day.

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7 Things You May Not Know About Jesse James

From his days as a teenage Confederate guerilla to his murder at age 34, get the facts about one of America’s most notorious outlaws.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Mark Twain

Check out eight fascinating facts about the world-famous author, including why his riverboat career was marred by tragedy and who served as the real-life model for Huck Finn.

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7 Famous Mayflower Descendants

From Humphrey Bogart to Julia Child, find out about seven famous Americans whose relatives came over on the Mayflower.

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6 People You Didn’t Know Were WWII Spies

From baseball player Moe Berg to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author Roald Dahl, learn about six famous people who once were wartime secret agents.

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7 Historical Haunts

From an abandoned prison in Ohio to the historic Colorado hotel that inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining,” explore seven spooky spots where ghosts and other paranormal phenomena have been reported.

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5 Famous Company Towns

From Pullman, Illinois, to Hershey, Pennsylvania, learn about life in towns built and once controlled by a single company.

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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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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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The Unusual Origins of 6 Famous Brands

Find out how well-known brands such as Wrigley, Duncan Hines and Gillette got their starts.