Author: Nate Barksdale

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10 19th-Century Celebrities You Should Know

In the 1800s Industrial Revolution advances in transportation and communication laid the groundwork for the modern culture of fame. People were famous for their skill, power or money (think generals, presidents, kings), but a true celebrity was also famous just for being famous.

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8 Things You Might Not Know about Booker T. Washington

Check out fascinating facts about the most famous and influential African American of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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A Library of 8 Lost Literary Works

It’s tempting to think that literary greatness affords a form of immortality, but the sad truth is that even great works fall by the wayside.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Henry VIII

A monarch of outsized proportions, passions and appetites, King Henry VIII (1491-1547) ruled England for 36 years.

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10 (Allegedly) Mad Monarchs

Tabloid fodder for the ages, mad monarchs have been the focal point of fascination, and controversy for as long as there have been human rulers.

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6 Modern Capitals With Ancient Roots

An ancient city that manages to stay inhabited—and important—over thousands of years is a surprisingly rare occurrence. Here are six of the most fascinating examples.

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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.

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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.


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.