HISTORY Lists

Diego Rivera's recreation of Man at the Crossroads, now known as Man, Controller of the Universe. (Credit: Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City)

8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

From a Russian national treasure looted by the Nazis to a da Vinci painting that no one has ever seen, find out more about eight of art history’s missing masterworks.

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6 Historical Figures Who May or May Not Have Existed

From Britain’s most beloved outlaw to the founder of Sparta, find out more about six historical figures whose existence remains up for debate.

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7 Famous Presidential Pardons

The pardon is one of the most controversial presidential powers, but in some instances it has helped ease tensions, heal political wounds and even right historic wrongs

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About William Shakespeare

Explore fascinating facts about the life and legacy of England’s famous and mysterious Bard.

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7 Surprising Facts about Royal Births

In honor of the impending arrival of Britain’s newest heir to the throne, get the facts on royal babies.

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7 Amazing Rags to Riches Stories

Get the facts on seven people who defied the odds to establish themselves among the richest and most powerful figures of their time.

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7 Brutal Sieges

As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the siege of Vicksburg, get the facts on seven of the most prolonged standoffs in military history.

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Heat Waves Throughout History

As North America prepares for a long, hot summer, find out what happens when things start to really heat up with this look back at some of the most infamous heat waves in history.

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9 Places Jimmy Hoffa (Probably) Isn’t Buried

Nearly 40 years after his mysterious disappearance, the search for the ex-Teamster boss continues to fascinate the public—and frustrate authorities.

Though a connection between the Celtic high priests and England's Stonehenge has never been reliably established, many people who identify as modern-day Druids still gather at the mighty monument every midsummer. (Credit: Andrew Dunn/Wikimedia Commons)

Summer Solstice Traditions

The summer solstice, which falls on June 21 in the northern hemisphere this year, was a day of great significance for many past civilizations.

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Fast Flag Facts

In honor of Flag Day, June 14, check out some things you should know about the Stars and Stripes.

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7 Infamous Gangs of New York

From river pirates to knife-wielding adolescents, get the facts on seven of 19th century New York’s most notorious street gangs.