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- The Twin Towers High-Wire Walk, 40 Years Ago
- Evidence of Gruesome Ancient Ritual Unearthed in Denmark
- The Battle of Mobile Bay, 150 Years Ago
- Tomb Dating From the Time of Alexander the Great Found in Northern Greece
- The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 50 Years Ago
- 9 Things You May Not Know About Lizzie Borden
- 7 Fascinating Facts About the Panama Canal
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