HISTORY Lists

Author: Evan Andrews

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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.

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11 Things You May Not Know About Marco Polo

Discover fascinating facts about the life of Marco Polo and his legendary travels to the Far East.

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8 Reasons It Wasn’t Easy Being Spartan

From fitness tests for infants to state-sponsored hazing, find out why these ancient Greek warriors had a rough go of it.

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6 Soldiers Who Refused to Surrender

Meet six combatants who wouldn’t lay down their arms, long after their wars had come to an end.

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7 Ancient Sports Stars

From early Olympians to the Michael Jordan of Roman chariot racing, these seven sportsmen stand among the athletic elite of the ancient world.

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7 Famous Slave Revolts

Find out about seven groups of slaves who risked everything for a chance at freedom.

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5 Ancient New Year’s Celebrations

Get the facts on the ways 5 ancient civilizations rang in the New Year.