HISTORY Lists

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6 Assassination Attempts on Adolf Hitler

From a beer hall skirmish to a conspiracy by a cabal of Nazi dissidents, learn the stories behind six assassins who nearly succeeded in killing Hitler.

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7 Late Life Success Stories

From an enigmatic painter to the woman who penned the “Little House on the Prairie” series in her 60s, learn the stories behind seven of history’s most famous late bloomers.

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8 Crucial Innovations in the Invention of Photography

From an ancient optical apparatus to the advent of color film, learn the stories behind eight of the most important steps in the development of photography

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A Virtual Tour of 8 Lincoln Assassination Relics

On the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, take an armchair tour of the numerous artifacts connected to his murder.

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6 Civil War Battles After Appomattox

Robert E. Lee’s surrender did not officially end the Civil War. Find out where the fighting continued in the weeks after Appomattox.

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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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6 Things You May Not Know About Butch Cassidy

From the origins of his famous name to the mystery surrounding his death, get the story on this legendary American outlaw.

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5 Infamous “Not Guilty” Verdicts

From the millionaire who shot the high-society architect to the pioneering photographer who slayed a romantic rival, find out about five famous defendants who were ultimately acquitted of murder.

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7 Historical Treasures Discovered by Accident

From the Terra Cotta Army to the Dead Sea Scrolls, get the stories behind seven chanceencounters that led to the discovery of priceless historical relics.

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6 Famous Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities

From the infamous nuclear disaster zone near Chernobyl to Henry Ford’s doomed jungle paradise, learn the stories behind six of the world’s most famous vacant towns and villages.

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6 Ancient Naval Battles

Long before the invention of cannons and other modern weaponry, ancient navies often clashed in spectacular sea battles involving hundreds of vessels and thousands of sailors.

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7 Things You May Not Know About Walt Disney

From the business setback that spurred him to develop his most famous cartoon character to the persistent myth surrounding his death, check out seven fascinating facts about this entertainment legend.