HISTORY Lists

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8 Works of Literature Written From Prison

From Martin Luther King’s immortal jailhouse letter to a classic of philosophy completed on death row, get the facts on eight of the most influential and incendiary works written from behind bars.

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6 Unusual Riots

From a booze-fueled rampage at the nation’s most prestigious military academy to a melee over a ballooning exhibition, get the facts on six public disturbances that were as ridiculous as they were destructive.

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6 Viking Leaders You Should Know

From Erik the Red, who founded Greenland’s first Norse settlement, to Cnut the Great, who ruled a vast empire in northern Europe, find out about six fascinating figures of the Viking Age.

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6 Famous Wild Children from History

From a wild boy kept as a pet in King George’s court to an Indian who was supposedly raised by wolves, learn the puzzling and often tragic stories of six famous feral children

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6 Unsung Heroes of the American Revolution

From an asthmatic Quaker to a notorious traitor, learn about six amateur soldiers who were among the lesser-known heroes of the American Revolution.

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8 Historical Figures with Unusual Work Habits

From Charles Dickens’ obsession with order to a Greek politician’s bizarre trick for avoiding procrastination, learn more about eight historical figures that had unorthodox methods for getting things done.

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6 Southern Unionist Strongholds During the Civil War

Learn the unusual stories behind six Civil War-era Southern territories where Unionist sentiment was most widespread.

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6 Daring Double Agents

Learn about six fascinating double agents, from the FBI counterspy who brought down a major espionage ring in the United States to the operative who fooled the Nazis about D-Day.

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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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7 Things You May Not Know About Jesse James

From his days as a teenage Confederate guerilla to his murder at age 34, get the facts about one of America’s most notorious outlaws.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Mark Twain

Check out eight fascinating facts about the world-famous author, including why his riverboat career was marred by tragedy and who served as the real-life model for Huck Finn.

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7 Failed Predictions from History

From a July 2 Independence Day to a doomed Civil War general’s last words, get the facts on seven predictions that were famously off the mark.