HISTORY Lists

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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.

Dead Sea Scrolls

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.

Battle of Chancellorsville

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.

Paul Revere

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.

Victorian Women

5 Things Victorian Women Didn’t Do (Much)

Don’t let the lace doilies and lavender sachets fool you—life for women in Victorian England wasn’t always how we imagine it.

William the Conqueror

10 Things You May Not Know About William the Conqueror

Explore 10 facts about one of European history’s most influential rulers.

Explorers Who Disappeared

6 Explorers Who Disappeared

Get the facts on six famous explorers who journeyed to the far reaches of the earth, only to never be seen again.

Marco Polo

11 Things You May Not Know About Marco Polo

Discover fascinating facts about the life of Marco Polo and his legendary travels to the Far East.

Spartans

8 Reasons It Wasn’t Easy Being Spartan

From fitness tests for infants to state-sponsored hazing, find out why these ancient Greek warriors had a rough go of it.

CSS Shenandoah

6 Soldiers Who Refused to Surrender

Meet six combatants who wouldn’t lay down their arms, long after their wars had come to an end.