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Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day in 1936.…
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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.
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
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.
Learn the unusual stories behind six Civil War-era Southern territories where Unionist sentiment was most widespread.
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.
From Leonardo Da Vinci’s android to a French-made artificial duck, learn more about seven early mechanical wonders.
From Edgar Allan Poe to Salvador Dalí, learn more about six historical figures who were expelled from school.
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.
Learn eight surprising facts about the execution device once dubbed the “National Razor” of France.
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.
Learn 10 surprising facts about the heroic and controversial life of the aviator known as “The Lone Eagle.”
Below, learn 10 surprising facts about the short and infamous life of the man the authorities branded “Public Enemy No. 1.”