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- The Lincoln Memorial’s Bizarre Rejected Designs
- The Real-Life Story Behind “American Sniper”
- First Viking Temple in 1,000 Years Coming to Iceland
- Magna Carta Worth $15 Million Found in Archived Scrapbook
- Oldest Surviving USS Arizona Crewman Dies at 100
- The Battle of Iwo Jima Begins, 70 Years Ago
- CT Scan Reveals Mummified Monk Inside Ancient Buddha Statue
- Mandela Becomes a Free Man, 25 Years Ago
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