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- The London Beer Flood, 200 Years Ago
- "Virtual Autopsy" of King Tut Paints Unflattering Picture
- Archaeologists Unearth Giant Sphinx—in California
- The Cardiff Giant Fools the Nation, 145 Years Ago
- 10 Things You May Not Know About Herbert Hoover
- The Charge of the Light Brigade, 160 Years Ago
- 8 Things You May Not Know About Emperor Claudius
- Researchers Identify Fragment of Amelia Earhart’s Plane
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