HISTORY Lists

Author: Evan Andrews

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7 Historical Treasures Discovered by Accident

From the Terra Cotta Army to the Dead Sea Scrolls, get the stories behind seven chanceencounters that led to the discovery of priceless historical relics.

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6 Famous Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities

From the infamous nuclear disaster zone near Chernobyl to Henry Ford’s doomed jungle paradise, learn the stories behind six of the world’s most famous vacant towns and villages.

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6 Ancient Naval Battles

Long before the invention of cannons and other modern weaponry, ancient navies often clashed in spectacular sea battles involving hundreds of vessels and thousands of sailors.

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8 Works of Literature Written From Prison

From Martin Luther King’s immortal jailhouse letter to a classic of philosophy completed on death row, get the facts on eight of the most influential and incendiary works written from behind bars.

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6 Unusual Riots

From a booze-fueled rampage at the nation’s most prestigious military academy to a melee over a ballooning exhibition, get the facts on six public disturbances that were as ridiculous as they were destructive.

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6 Famous Wild Children from History

From a wild boy kept as a pet in King George’s court to an Indian who was supposedly raised by wolves, learn the puzzling and often tragic stories of six famous feral children

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8 Historical Figures with Unusual Work Habits

From Charles Dickens’ obsession with order to a Greek politician’s bizarre trick for avoiding procrastination, learn more about eight historical figures that had unorthodox methods for getting things done.

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6 Southern Unionist Strongholds During the Civil War

Learn the unusual stories behind six Civil War-era Southern territories where Unionist sentiment was most widespread.

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7 Failed Predictions from History

From a July 2 Independence Day to a doomed Civil War general’s last words, get the facts on seven predictions that were famously off the mark.

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7 Early Robots and Automatons

From Leonardo Da Vinci’s android to a French-made artificial duck, learn more about seven early mechanical wonders.

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6 Historical Figures Who Were Kicked Out of School

From Edgar Allan Poe to Salvador Dalí, learn more about six historical figures who were expelled from school.

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5 Daring Slave Escapes

From a slave who mailed himself to freedom to a husband and wife team of impostors, learn the true stories behind five of American history’s most audacious slave escapes.