HISTORY Lists

Author: Nate Barksdale

Zhu Yuanzhang after assuming power as the Hongwu Emperor

7 Things You May Not Know About the Ming Dynasty

Check out seven surprising facts about the dynasty that made China a global power.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Nikola Tesla

Check out some fascinating facts about the Serbian-American physicist and engineer.

Hannibal crossing the Alps (Credit: DeAgostini/Getty Images)

10 Famous Elephants From History

Whether revered as a divine symbol of luck and wisdom, used as unique tools of diplomacy between leaders, deployed to intimidate opposing armies or put on display in the service of status or science, elephants have loomed large in the historical record.

A 1297 version of the Magna Carta, on display at the U.S. National Archives. (Credit: Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

6 Things You May Not Know About the Magna Carta

Check out six fascinating facts about the Great Charter’s story and its significance.

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8 Surprising Facts about Alexander the Great

It isn’t always possible to separate fact and fiction from the stories told about Alexander over the centuries, but here are eight great takeaways from Alexander’s life.

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A History of Coffee in 10 Buzzwords

Coffee’s importance can be traced across the centuries through the names we’ve come to know it by.