HISTORY Lists

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Animals That Helped Change History

Find out how members of the animal kingdom have helped shape history for mankind, from paving the way for human space flight to bringing down Bin Laden.

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Secret Agents in Hoop Skirts: Women Spies of the Civil War

Find out more about Rose O’Neal Greenhow and three other female informants who played a significant role in America’s bloodiest conflict.

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7 Unusual Myths and Theories About the Moon

Explore some of the theories earthlings have entertained about the moon throughout history.

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6 Lesser-Known U.S. Political Assassinations

Learn the surprising facts behind the deaths of six politicians who died in the line of duty.

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6 World War II Propaganda Broadcasters

Find out more about six World War II broadcasters who used the radio waves as a weapon.

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.