HISTORY Lists

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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.

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7 Things You May Not Know About the Battle of Chancellorsville

On the battle’s 150th anniversary, here are seven facts you may not know about Lee’s daring victory.

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10 Common Sayings With Historical Origins

Find out more about the unusual origin stories behind 10 everyday phrases.

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11 Things You May Not Know About Paul Revere

Explore 11 facts about American history’s archetypal patriot, Paul Revere, and his famed midnight ride.

The storming of Fort Wagner in 1863. Calcium floodlights would be used in the siege that followed. (Library of Congress)

8 Unusual Civil War Weapons

Musket, bayonets and cannons weren’t the only deadly weapons to haunt the battlefields of the 1860s.