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- 9 Things You May Not Know About William Tecumseh Sherman
- 9 Things You May Not Know About Ellis Island
- Researchers Identify Fragment of Amelia Earhart’s Plane
- Archaeologists Uncover 5,000-Year-Old Human Footprints in Denmark
- 9 Fascinating Facts About the Suez Canal
- 10 Things You May Not Know About the Berlin Wall
- "Virtual Autopsy" of King Tut Paints Unflattering Picture
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By winning re-election in 1864 against his former top general, Abraham Lincoln dashed any hopes of a negotiated peace with the Confederacy.
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New research into Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance yields a breakthrough with the positive identification of a piece of the famed aviator’s plane.
On the centennial of Jonas Salk’s birth, explore eight surprising facts about the groundbreaking polio vaccine that he developed.
Archaeologists working along the Volga River in Russia have uncovered the remains of a 750-year-old city ruled by the descendants of Mongol warrior Genghis Khan.
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Using material extracted from a fossilized thigh bone found in Siberia, scientists have reconstructed the genetic map of a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.
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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.”
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