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The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on this day in 1897. A childhood invalid, Stoker …
On the 40th anniversary of the epic heavyweight title fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, look back at boxing’s “Rumble in the Jungle.”
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California archaeologists have unearthed a piece of Hollywood history—a plaster sphinx from the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille epic “The Ten Commandments.”
On the 50th anniversary of Herbert Hoover’s death, learn 10 surprising facts about America’s 31st president.
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