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Writers Inspired by Their Own Lives or Others

Literature | November 10, 2018

Clipping of an engraving based on daguerreotype of American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Get...

Was Edith Bolling Wilson Our First Female President?

People | November 9, 2018

When Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was incapacitated after suffering a stroke in October or 1919, his wife stepped in to protect her husb...

The Strange and Tragic Love Life of Georgia O’Keeffe

People | November 8, 2018

American artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986) stands at an easel outdoors, adjusting a canvas from her 'Pelvis Series- Red With Yellow,' Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1...

The Gentleman Train Robber: The Outlaw With Etiquette

Wild West | November 7, 2018

Wild West bandits have a reputation for being ruthless and violent. But one old-time train robber, Bill Miner, was so polite that he earned the nickname ‘The Gentl...

Did Ancient Man See Dinosaurs? These Carvings and Artifacts Say Maybe

Archaeological FInds | November 6, 2018

A carved relief of what is believed to be a Stegosaurus dinosaur at the ancient Khmer temple of Ta Prohm, part of the Angkor Wat temple complex in Ca...

Who Invented the Magnetic Compass?

Historical Facts | November 5, 2018

For ancient explorers, sailors, and navigators, knowing which way to go was a challenge. The very first sailors used the sun and the stars to help them find their way to their destin...

Survivors of the Titanic

1900s | November 4, 2018

The RMS Titanic sank early in the morning of April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg only four days into their voyage. Only 710 passengers out of 2,224 people on board survived. Here are just a...

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

historical landmarks | November 3, 2018

Ancient ruins and monuments around the world can be quite intriguing. What history do they hold from past civilizations and what can we hope to learn from them?   Print of the Statu...

The Real Story of Balto, Hero Dog of Alaska

Animals in History | November 2, 2018

Thanks in part to the 1995 animated movie, Balto, we are now familiar with this hero sled dog of Alaska who, in 1923, saved the people of Nome, Alaska, from a deadly outbrea...

How Much Do You Know About the Mayflower?

Historical Facts | November 1, 2018

Visitors of the Mayflower II in Plymouth. (Photo by Essdras M Suarez/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) As kids, we learned about the Mayflower at an early age. It was, in fact...

Debunking the Myth of Houdini’s Death on Halloween, 1926

1920s | October 31, 2018

Always amazing and often mystifying, escape artist Harry Houdini’s name is now synonymous with daring, death-defying escape tricks. Houdini dodged death multi...

Bela Lugosi’s Dracula

Movies | October 30, 2018

Long before Twilight, The Lost Boys and Interview with a Vampire, there was the 1931 horror movie, Dracula. Based on Bram Stoker’s gothic novel by the same name and starring Bela Lugosi as the ...

Greek Fire: What Was This Powerful Ancient Weapon?

Ancient History | October 29, 2018

A dragon statue emits fire as people look on during the premiere of 'Game Of Thrones' at Sydney Opera House. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage) If you are a fan of the Ga...

Move Over, Nessie! These Other Lake Monsters Want the Spotlight!

Weird History | October 28, 2018

For generations, bizarre sightings in Loch Ness in Scotland have prompted residents and visitors to believe that a strange, unknown creature lives in th...

The Inception of the Time Travel Tale

Events | October 28, 2018

Time travel is a recurring theme in both literature and film, transcending the genre of science fiction and finding its way into romantic comedies like About Time and Kate and Le...

How the Kentucky Raid Led to the Civil War

Civil War | October 26, 2018

When you ask anyone to tell you what caused the Civil War, they will probably tell you that the war was fought over slavery. For historians, however, the true causes of the f...

How Flappers Invented the Modern Woman

Women in History | October 25, 2018

Actress Nanette Fabray dresses as a Flapper -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) One of the most memorable and endearing images of the 1920s is that of a Flapper. F...