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- 10 Things You May Not Know About Christopher Columbus
- The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America
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- Iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel Changes Hands
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On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch, read about the chilling presidential speech prepared in case disaster struck the moon landing.
Recent archeological finds in Turkey suggest that ancient Assyrians relied on their prehistoric bookkeeping system for some 2,000 years after the advent of writing.
On Bastille Day, look back at the jailbreak that kick-started the French Revolution.
On the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s major-league debut, learn 10 surprising facts about baseball’s biggest icon.
At the Battle of Fort Stevens 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln came within feet of being shot by a Confederate sniper.
X-ray scans of two baby mammoth skeletons found in Siberia help reveal in startling detail how the Ice Age animals lived and died.
On the 175th anniversary of John D. Rockefeller’s birth, explore 10 surprising facts about the oil tycoon and philanthropist.
After analyzing fossil evidence, a group of anthropologists now suggest that human evolution may have been even more complicated than we thought.