HISTORY Lists

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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.

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6 Famous WWI Fighter Aces

Get the facts on six of the Great War’s most celebrated airborne daredevils.

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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.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Genghis Khan

Explore 10 facts about a great ruler who was equal parts military genius, political statesman and bloodthirsty terror.

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6 Infamous Political Conspiracies

From an ancient Roman coup d’état to the Lincoln assassination, get the facts on six of history’s most notorious political plots.

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The Unusual Origins of 6 Famous Brands

Find out how well-known brands such as Wrigley, Duncan Hines and Gillette got their starts.

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8 Ways Roads Helped Rome Rule the Ancient World

Explore eight reasons why this remarkable transit system helped unite the ancient world.

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8 National Anthem Backstories

Find out more about the genesis of eight of the world’s most famous national hymns.

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7 Unusual Ancient Medical Techniques

Doctors are supposed to operate under the maxim “do no harm,” but history shows this has sometimes been easier said than done.

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7 Bizarre Witch Trial Tests

From barbaric tortures and occult dessert dishes to unwinnable trials by ordeal, find out more about seven unusual tests once used as evidence of supernatural misconduct.

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7 Unusual Military Units

From colossal Prussians and delirious Vikings to a faith-based U.S. Army unit, find out more about seven of history’s most unconventional military outfits.