HISTORY Lists

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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5 Daring Slave Escapes

From a slave who mailed himself to freedom to a husband and wife team of impostors, learn the true stories behind five of American history’s most audacious slave escapes.

Execution of Maximillien Robespierre, July 28, 1794

8 Things You May Not Know About the Guillotine

Learn eight surprising facts about the execution device once dubbed the “National Razor” of France.

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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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7 Presidential War Stories

From James Monroe’s Revolutionary War heroics to George H.W. Bush’s brush with death during World War II, get the facts on the wartime experiences of seven American chief executives.

Charles Lindbergh

10 Fascinating Facts About Charles Lindbergh

Learn 10 surprising facts about the heroic and controversial life of the aviator known as “The Lone Eagle.”

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6 Infamous Impostors

From a murderer who claimed he was a Rockefeller to a woman who passed as a male soldier during the U.S. Civil War, get the story behind six of history’s most fascinating phonies.

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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.

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10 Things You May Not Know About John Dillinger

Below, learn 10 surprising facts about the short and infamous life of the man the authorities branded “Public Enemy No. 1.”

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6 Vicious Rivalries

From warring paleontologists to a pair of dueling founding fathers, explore six of history’s fiercest rivalries.

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6 Famous Castaways

Explore six incredible stories of people who were stranded in unforgiving territory and lived to tell the tale.

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6 Early Amusement Parks

Take a trip through six of history’s most enchanting and influential amusement parks.