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Christopher Columbus Facts

10 Things You May Not Know About Christopher Columbus

In honor of Columbus Day, check out 10 things you may not know about the explorer who sailed the ocean blue in 1492.

Benjamin Franklin

7 Newspaper Publishers Who Knew a Good Story When They Saw One

As journalists mourn the death of former New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger, explore the lives of seven influential media moguls.

Sputnik 1

From Sputnik to Spacewalking: 7 Soviet Space Firsts

On the 55th anniversary of Sputnik’s launch, explore seven of the Soviet Union’s firsts in the history of space exploration.

Barack Obama and John McCain take part in the first debate of the 2008 presidential election. (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

7 Things You May Not Know About U.S. Presidential Debates

As the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates finally meet face to face, explore seven surprising facts about the history of presidential debates.

Butch Cassidy Gun

Butch Cassidy Gun With Secret Code Hidden in Grip Sells for $175,000

A gun owned by train and bank robber Robert LeRoy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy, has fetched $175,000 at auction.

Mars Water

Water Once Flowed on Mars, Rover Pictures Suggest

NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected powerful evidence for fast-flowing tributaries on the Red Planet in the form of ancient streambeds

Jimmy Hoffa Remains

Has Jimmy Hoffa Finally Been Found?

Police searched outside a Michigan home today for the remains of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished more than 37 years ago.

Isleworth Mona Lisa

Has the Original Mona Lisa Been Found?

The owners of a portrait known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa believe Leonardo da Vinci painted their version a decade before his iconic masterpiece.

Lancaster Bomber

Lost World War II Bomber Crew Found After 69 Years

More than 69 years after they crashed in Germany, the remains of five British airmen have been recovered and will receive a proper burial.

Lincoln, Slavery and Emancipation

5 Things You May Not Know About Lincoln, Slavery and Emancipation

One hundred fifty years after Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, explore five facts about the 16th U.S. president and his policies on slavery.

Captain Kidd

8 Real-Life Pirates Who Roved the High Seas

Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day by meeting eight famous swashbucklers you wouldn’t want to cross.

Researchers believe the mosaic is typically Roman in design. (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Giant Roman Mosaic Unearthed in Turkey

Archaeologists excavating a remote corner of the Roman empire have uncovered a massive and pristine mosaic.

Signing of the Constitution

7 Things You May Not Know About the Constitutional Convention

On the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, explore seven surprising facts about the framers and the Constitutional Convention.