HISTORY Lists

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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.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Praetorian Guard

Equal parts secret service, special forces and urban administrators, Rome’s Praetorian Guard was one of the ancient world’s most prestigious military units.

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The Fascinating Stories Behind 8 Famous Photos

Get the stories behind some of the world’s most iconic photos, from the flag-raising on Iwo Jima to the day Elvis met Nixon.

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6 Legendary Mercenary Armies

Get the facts on six of history’s most infamous and influential private armies.

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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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6 Famous Places that Never Existed

From a fabled Christian empire in Asia to a supposed lost kingdom in Canada, find out more about six of the most influential lands that never were.

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5 Famous WWII Covert Operations

From the spy that never was to a band of Nazi impostors, learn the stories behind five of the boldest and most bizarre special operations carried out during World War II.

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9 People You May Not Know Were WWII Veterans

From a beloved comic to an exotic burlesque performer, get the lowdown on the military careers of nine notable World War II vets.

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8 Things You Should Know About WWII’s Eastern Front

Explore eight facts about the brutal and often overlooked Russian front of World War II.

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6 American Heroes of WWI

From a balloon-busting fighter ace and a Navy escape artist to one of the most Marine Corps’ most legendary sergeants, meet six servicemen who distinguished themselves on the battlefields of World War I.