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Confederados: The Confederate Loyalists Who Fled To Brazil After The Civil War

Civil War | July 9, 2020

(Unknown photographer/Wikimedia Commons) After the Civil War, Southerners who couldn't stand to live in a world without slavery slipped aw...

The Panama Papers: How The Ultra Rich Got Caught Hiding Billions Offshore In 2016

Recent History | July 8, 2020

In 2016, the Panama Papers were on the cover of every newspaper, and it felt like something big was about to happen. Just as quickly a...

A History Of Sliced Bread: The Best Thing Since Itself

1920s | July 7, 2020

A loaf of sliced white bread. (Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images) We have probably all heard the phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread," but it doesn...

1970: 25% Of Native American Women Sterilized Via A New U.S. Law

American Indians | July 6, 2020

(Department of Health and Education/Wikimedia Commons) Following the passage of an often-forgotten law called the Family Planning Services and Populatio...

The Worst Things Missionary Junipero Serra Ever Did

American Indians | July 5, 2020

The statue of the Roman Catholic Spanish priest Junipero Serra is pictured in Palma de Mallorca on June 22, 2020, after it was daubed with graffiti reading "Racist." (...

Frederick Douglass's "What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?" Speech (1852)

1800s | July 4, 2020

American orator, abolitionist, writer, and escaped slave, Frederick Douglass (1817–1895). (MPI/Getty Images) "Do you mean, citizens, to moc...

The White Declaration Of Independence: When White Supremacis...

1800s | July 3, 2020

In 1898, white supremacists permanently scarred the community of Wilmington, North Carolina by stoking anger and resentment among the white citizens of ...

King George III's Statue: Beheaded And Melted It Down For Bullets In 1776

Military History | July 2, 2020

On March 21, 1770, an awe-inspiring statue of King George III was installed on a small patch of land called Bowling Green, right on the south...

The Anti-Mask League Of 1919: The Anti-Masker Movement That Cost The Pandemic Thousands Of Lives

Medical History | July 1, 2020

In 1918, the most deadly outbreak of influenza of the 20th century killed nearly 50 million people across the world and...

Medgar Evers Assassination: Civil Rights Leader Murdered By Ambush 1963

1960s | June 30, 2020

You may not know his name off the top of your head, but Civil Rights activist and leader Medgar Evers is an important figure in the world of pol...

William James Sidis: The Smartest Man Alive In The Early 20th Century

People | June 29, 2020

Imagine being nine years old and, while all the other children experiment with booger sculpture, creating your own language while studying experim...

Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch: The Father Of Masochism, Explained

1800s | June 28, 2020

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Fanny Pistor Bogdanoff, c. 1870-1880 (note the whip). (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) Human sexuality is a vastly complica...

Helen Keller: What You Didn't Know About The Outspoken Socialist

People | June 27, 2020

Helen Keller on her four-acre estate near Westport, Conn. (David McLane/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) Today, Helen Keller's name is synonymous...

33 New Species Found In A Poisonous Cave Untouched By Humanity For Five Million Years

Recent History | June 26, 2020

Let's go back about 5.5 million years, about the time that the latest common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees roamed the Earth a...

King Leopold II Of Belgium: The Criminal Who Brutally Killed 10 Million Congolese

1800s | June 25, 2020

Portrait of the future king Leopold II, king of the Belgians. (Nicaise de Keyser/Wikimedia Commons) Having only gained its independence...

1518 Dancing Plague: The Mania Where Hundreds Danced For Days To The Point Of Injury

Medieval History | June 24, 2020

(Pieter Bruegel the Elder/Wikimedia Commons) In 1518, one of the deadliest dance parties took place in Strasbourg, Alsace, when hist...

The Grim Sleeper: A Serial Killer Who Was Caught By A Slice Of Pizza

1980s | June 23, 2020

Beginning in the 1980s, a serial killer stalked the women of South-Central Los Angeles for nearly two decades. The Grim Sleeper, known as Lonnie Fr...

Marquis De Sade: The Father Of Sadism, Explained

People | June 22, 2020

Poet, playwright, rebel, and seeker of erotic pleasure through all of its nuanced and varied means, the Marquis de Sade literally embodied sadism. This libidinous Fren...

Mississippi Burning Murders: The KKK And Local Sheriff Killed Three Civil Rights A...

1960s | June 21, 2020

Missing persons poster created by the FBI in 1964, signed by Director J. Edgar Hoover. (Federal Bureau of Investigation/Wikimedia Com...

Judy Garland: Things You Didn't Know About Golden Age Hollywood's Sweetheart

Movies | June 20, 2020

A publicity photo of Judy Garland from 1943. (Clarence Sinclair Bull/Wikimedia Commons) On June 10, 1922, in a white framed house on the out...

Juneteenth: Slavery Abolished In The U.S. In 1865 (The Aftermath)

Civil War | June 19, 2020

A Juneteenth celebration in Richmond, Virginia, 1905. (VCU Libraries/Wikimedia Commons) On June 19, 1865, Union army general Gordon Granger stood on th...

A Millionaire Orchestrated An Elaborate Treasure Hunt (And It Was Just Found)

Recent History | June 18, 2020

Who hasn't dreamed of deciphering a cryptic map and discovering a hidden treasure chest worth millions of dollars? Of course, finding the ...

Chinua Achebe: 'Things Fall Apart' Author Wrote The First Major English Novel From An African P...

Literature | June 17, 2020

Prior to the 20th century, almost every English novel about Africa was written from the perspective of a white person...

How To Become A Modern-Day Knight: The History Of The Order Of The British Empire

British History | June 15, 2020

Knight from the late 12th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) We may think of knights as those medieval guys with the suits of ...

Che Guevara: The Revolutionary Activist With A Long, Misunderstood History

1960s | June 14, 2020

Most Americans know Che Guevara, the Argentine revolutionary, from the image that's been emblazoned on millions of t-shirts and posters on do...

The History Of Miranda Rights: How The Supreme Court Passed This In The 1960s

1960s | June 13, 2020

If you're a fan of TV crime dramas, you probably have the Miranda Rights memorized. Anytime a suspect is taken into custody, the arresting...

Song Of The South: The Racist Disney Movie That Splash Mountain Is Based On

Movies | June 11, 2020

No matter when you grew up, Song Of The South has had an effect on you, whether you know it or not. Maybe you saw it in theaters, or you kno...

The History Of Peaceful Protests in America

Historical Facts | June 10, 2020

Throughout history, protests have been used by regular people who want to have their voices heard. Civil unrest has been whipping around humankind since the first rule was ...

Robert E. Lee: The Man Behind The Monument

Civil War | June 9, 2020

Even when he was born on a tobacco plantation in Virginia on January 19, 1807, Robert E. Lee was already intrinsically tied to American history. His father, Henry Lee III, w...

Josephine Baker: French Resistance Agent, Old Hollywood Actress, And Legend

People | June 8, 2020

Portrait of American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker, circa 1925, lying on a tiger rug in a silk evening gown and diamond earrings. (Pho...

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