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Solomon Northup After His “12 Years a Slave”

With Oscar buzz building around “12 Years a Slave,” find out more about the mysterious life of protagonist Solomon Northup.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Teddy Roosevelt

As the 155th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s birth nears, discover 10 surprising facts about America’s 26th president.

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The United Nations Headquarters That Never Was

On United Nations Day, take a look back at a proposal to build a massive U.N. headquarters in the remote Black Hills of South Dakota.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Cardinals and Red Sox

This year’s World Series features two teams steeped in history.

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Dinosaur Sites Under Siege By Poachers

Researchers worry that black-market dino bones will be lost forever to science.

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Legendary Sea Giant Discovered

A snorkeling science instructor discovers a dead 18-foot, 200-pound oarfish and drags it to land.

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New Research Reveals President Taft’s Modern, Low-Carb Diet

New research has revealed that the portliest of American presidents shed 60 pounds on a modern, low-carb diet.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Marie Antoinette

On the 220th anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution, learn 10 surprising facts about the former queen of France.

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Europe’s Oldest Natural Mummy Has Living Relatives

The 5,300-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman was discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991. Now, scientists have discovered he has at least 19 living Austrian descendants.

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Scott Carpenter, Second American to Orbit the Earth, Dies at 88

A member of the Mercury 7, Carpenter made his historic flight in May 1962.

Leonardo da Vinci's sketch of Isabella d'Este (left) and the recently found painting (right), purportedly by da Vinci as well.

Painting in Swiss Vault May Be Leonardo Da Vinci’s

A previously unknown painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci may have been found in a Swiss bank vault.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About the Washington Monument

Find out some fascinating facts about this American landmark, which opened to the public 125 years ago.

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The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America

Leif Eriksson Day commemorates the Norse explorer believed to have led the first European expedition to North America.