HISTORY Lists

Author: Evan Andrews

The Electric Light

11 Innovations That Changed History

From pioneering inventions to bold scientific and medical advancements, find out more about 11 innovations that changed the course of human history.

Ferdinand Magellan

10 Surprising Facts About Magellan’s Circumnavigation of the Globe

Explore 10 little-known aspects of one of naval history’s most legendary—and deadly—voyages.

Roman Inventions

10 Innovations That Built Ancient Rome

From aqueducts to battlefield surgery, explore 10 inventions that epitomize the innovative spirit of ancient Rome.

King Tut hippopotamus

11 Things You May Not Know About Ancient Egypt

From the earliest recorded peace treaty to ancient board games, discover 11 surprising facts about the Gift of the Nile.

The Mutiny on the Bounty

6 Famous Naval Mutinies

Get the facts on six of history’s most ferocious naval rebellions.

Vlad The Impaler

7 Terrifying Historical Figures

From Vlad the Impaler to Jack the Ripper, meet seven of history’s creepiest figures.

5 Attacks on U.S. Soil During World War II

5 Attacks on U.S. Soil During World War II

The Germans and Japanese waged small-scale campaigns of bombing, sabotage and espionage on American soil during World War II.

Marie-Antoinette

7 Historical Figures Famous for Something They Never Did

Find out the truth about seven people who’ve become forever linked with something they never did.

Fulin, the Shunzhi Emperor

6 Child Monarchs Who Changed History

Find out about six young rulers whose actions and decisions had very grown-up consequences.

Famous Prisoners of the Tower of London

6 Famous Prisoners of the Tower of London

Find out about six prominent captives who did time in one of history’s most forbidding prisons.

Civil War Guerilla Leaders

6 Civil War Guerrilla Leaders

Meet six guerrilla leaders whose unconventional—and often barbaric—tactics played a major role in the Civil War.

5 Would-Be U.S. States

5 Would-Be U.S. States

From Franklin to Absaroka, a number of upstart territories just missed out on statehood at various points in U.S. history.