HISTORY Lists

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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.

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5 Great Mummy Discoveries

Get the facts on some of the most remarkable finds in history.

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7 People Who Pretended to be Royals

History is filled with examples of ambitious swindlers who took on the identities of kings, queens and other royals.

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6 Things You May Not Know About the Dead Sea Scrolls

From their accidental discovery to their sale in the classifieds, find out more about the ancient collection of texts.