HISTORY Lists

Author: Evan Andrews

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5 Cold War Close Calls

While it’s certainly the most famous example, 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis was not the only time the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union almost went “hot.”

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6 World War II Propaganda Broadcasters

Find out more about six World War II broadcasters who used the radio waves as a weapon.

Diego Rivera's recreation of Man at the Crossroads, now known as Man, Controller of the Universe. (Credit: Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City)

8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

From a Russian national treasure looted by the Nazis to a da Vinci painting that no one has ever seen, find out more about eight of art history’s missing masterworks.

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6 Historical Figures Who May or May Not Have Existed

From Britain’s most beloved outlaw to the founder of Sparta, find out more about six historical figures whose existence remains up for debate.

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7 Famous Presidential Pardons

The pardon is one of the most controversial presidential powers, but in some instances it has helped ease tensions, heal political wounds and even right historic wrongs

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7 Amazing Rags to Riches Stories

Get the facts on seven people who defied the odds to establish themselves among the richest and most powerful figures of their time.

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7 Brutal Sieges

As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the siege of Vicksburg, get the facts on seven of the most prolonged standoffs in military history.

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7 Infamous Gangs of New York

From river pirates to knife-wielding adolescents, get the facts on seven of 19th century New York’s most notorious street gangs.

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7 People Who Pretended to be Royals

History is filled with examples of ambitious swindlers who took on the identities of kings, queens and other royals.

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10 Common Sayings With Historical Origins

Find out more about the unusual origin stories behind 10 everyday phrases.

The storming of Fort Wagner in 1863. Calcium floodlights would be used in the siege that followed. (Library of Congress)

8 Unusual Civil War Weapons

Musket, bayonets and cannons weren’t the only deadly weapons to haunt the battlefields of the 1860s.

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6 Explorers Who Disappeared

Get the facts on six famous explorers who journeyed to the far reaches of the earth, only to never be seen again.