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10 Things You May Not Know About Captain James Cook

Two hundred forty-five years after he landed in Australia, learn 10 surprising facts about the explorer who vowed to sail “as far as I think it possible for man to go.”

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Mussolini’s Final Hours, 70 Years Ago

On the 70th anniversary of Benito Mussolini’s execution, read about the Italian dictator’s final days and his body’s strange journey in the years after.

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The Forgotten Story of America’s Titanic, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the sinking of Sultana, look back at the worst maritime disaster in American history—one you may have never heard of.

"The Landing at Anzac" (Credit: Archives New Zealand)

8 Things You May Not Know About the Gallipoli Campaign

On its 100th anniversary, get the facts on the epic World War I struggle.

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10 Fascinating Facts About the Hubble Space Telescope

A quarter of a century after its mission began, get the lowdown on the telescope that helped revolutionize humanity’s understanding of the cosmos.

Gravestone identifying it as the resting place of seven unknowns from USS Oklahoma. (Credit: AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

In Reversal, Pearl Harbor Unknowns to Be Exhumed

Changing course, the Pentagon will exhume and try to identify the remains of hundreds of USS Oklahoma sailors killed during the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing.

USS Independence in 1943.

WWII Aircraft Carrier Used in Atomic Bomb Tests Found Intact on Sea Floor

Researchers have used an underwater drone to explore the wreck of USS Independence, a light aircraft carrier that served during World War II and later became a target during atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll.

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Julius Caesar Suffered from Strokes, Not Epilepsy, New Study Says

A new examination of Julius Caesar’s health has found that the Roman dictator may have suffered from a series “mini-strokes” rather than epilepsy.

The purported mummy of John Wilkes Booth in 1937 (Credit: William Vandivert/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

The John Wilkes Booth Mummy That Toured America

Decades after his reported death, John Wilkes Booth had a second box-office career when his purported mummy became a carnival attraction.

Execution of the Lincoln Assassination conspirators, July 7, 1865.

Hunting Lincoln’s Killer

With the nation reeling in the days after Abraham Lincoln’s death, a massive manhunt went into effect for John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators.

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The Other Targets of Booth’s Murder Conspiracy

President Lincoln was not the only high-ranking government official that John Wilkes Booth slated for assassination.

A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas in April, 1935. (Credit: NOAA/MCT/MCT via Getty Images)

Remembering Black Sunday, 80 Years Later

The Dust Bowl’s worst storm blotted out the sun and terrified the Great Plains’ already struggling population.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Lincoln Assassination

On the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, learn 10 surprising facts about one of the most infamous moments in American history.