Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen

1800s | October 20, 2021

A needle-punched voodoo doll stands in front of a bright fire. (Rainer Fuhrmann/EyeEm/Getty Images) If there was ever a true queen of Voodoo, it was Marie Laveau, a Creole woman born in...

The First Horror Movie Was Made In 1896

1800s | October 18, 2021

The early French cinematographer Georges Melies playing the role of a magician with a female assistant. (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) It's easy to f...

The First Female Monarch Crowned King

Medieval History | October 16, 2021

King Jadwiga holding her scepter, 1391. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images) Jadwiga, the youngest daughter of Louis I the Great, became the ruler of Poland on October...

Lemuria: The Other Lost Continent

1800s | October 14, 2021

A general view of the Anse Georgette beach on in Praslin Island, Seychelles, where the lost continent of Lemuria is said to have been located. (Phil Inglis/Getty Images) We're all fam...

Machine Gun Kelly Sentenced To Life In Prison

1930s | October 12, 2021

American gangster George Kelly Barnes (1895–1954), A.K.A. Machine Gun Kelly, with his wife, Kathryn, at their trial for the kidnapping of businessman Charles F. Urschel at t...

The Not-So-Black-And-White History Of The Tuxedo

1800s | October 10, 2021

(Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The tuxedo is a man's go-to outfit for weddings, proms, and evenings at the opera, but who's responsible for this uniquely stylish suit? I...

The Horrors Of The Jersey Devil

Weird History | October 8, 2021

Japhet Leeds House, Moss Mill Road, Leeds Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey, May 7, 1937. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) Sure, your state may have an official flower, animal, ...

When The Japanese Bombed Oregon During World War II

World War II | October 6, 2021

The Japanese plane Kamikaze. (adoc-photos/Corbis via Getty Images) After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, all Americans were on high alert. There was...

History Of The Vampire

Literature | October 4, 2021

Publicity still of Bela Lugosi for the 1931 Universal Studios film Dracula. (Bettmann/Getty Images) From the Asanbosum of southern Ghana to the Puechen of Chile to the jiangshi of Qing-dynasty C...

Pilt Carin Ersdotter: History's Hottest Milkmaid

1800s | October 2, 2021

Milkmaid with cow, Jan van Ossenbeeck, 1647–1674. (Sepia Times/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Scarlett Johansson may have topped People magazine's list of the...

The Old Man's Draft: When The U.S. Drafted Senior Citizens

World War II | September 30, 2021

A man wearing a military uniform cap with medals upon it filling out forms at the draft registration for men aged 45 to 64. (Mark Kauffman/Getty Images) Today...

The Legacy Of Cesar Chavez, American Labor Activist

People | September 28, 2021

Cesar Chavez holds a shovel across his shoulders while working in the community garden at La Paz, California, 1975. (Cathy Murphy/Getty Images) After his family lost...

Did The Vikings Reach Ancient Mexico?

Ancient History | September 26, 2021

Steering oar at stern of Skidbladner, full size replica of the Gokstad ship at Brookpoint, Unst, Shetland Islands, Scotland, U.K. (Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) ...

The History Of Flight: From Da Vinci To The Wright Bros

Historical Facts | September 24, 2021

The Flyer takes off from Kill Devil Hill with Orville Wright at the controls while his brother Wilbur looks on, December 17, 1903. (Bettmann/Getty Images) The dr...

When Elves Halted An Iceland Road Construction Project

Recent History | September 22, 2021

Picture taken on April 22, 2016 shows an elves palace in Reykjavik. (Halldor Kolbeins/AFP via Getty Images) Although they may not admit it to your face, many Icel...

The Team Of Researchers At The University Of Toronto Who Discovered Insulin

1920s | September 20, 2021

Fifty units of 'lletin' (Insulin Lilly) manufactured by Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, USA in 1923. (SSPL/Getty Images) Diabetes is a dea...

Ancient Pimple Poppers: Acne Treatments Through The Years

Ancient History | September 18, 2021

A painful and probably ineffective acne treatment , circa 1700: the cauterization with brandy. (Pierre Barbier/Roger Viollet via Getty Images) It might seem li...

How This Black Entrepreneur Changed The Baking Industry

1800s | September 16, 2021

Bread machine with bread. (Pavel Ševela/Wikimedia Commons) If you were one of the people who jumped onto the homemade bread-making train during the COVID-19 pand...

The Largest Land Run In History Was A Ruthless Race

Uncategorized | September 14, 2021

Crowd on horseback, Oklahoma Land Run of 1893. (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) How fast could you run to get some free land? It m...

Aftermath Of The September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Recent History | September 12, 2021

Firefighter Gerard McGibbon of Engine 283 in Brownsville, Brooklyn prays after the World Trade Center buildings collapsed on September 11, 2001. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) ...

One Of The Deadliest Hurricanes In U.S. History Hits Galveston, Texas

1900s | September 10, 2021

Hurricanes may be getting stronger and more frequent, but some of the worst storms happened more than a century ago. In fact, the 1900 Galveston h...

The Unbelievable Comeback Story Of Elizabeth Robinson Schwartz, Olympic Heroine And Accident Victim

1920s | September 8, 2021

Betty Robinson, A.K.A. Elizabeth Schwartz, in the 100-meter race at the 1928 Olympic games. (Library of Congress/Corbis...

1916: The First True Supermarket, The Piggly Wiggly, Is Opened By Clarence Saunders In Memphis,...

1910s | September 5, 2021

View of the front of the Piggly Wiggly store located at 106 South Austin in the Austin community area, Chicago, Illinois...

The Hawaiian Gazette: The First Hawaiian Newspaper Published

1800s | September 4, 2021

The Summer Residence Of The Late King Kamehameha V. At Waikiki, 1873 Engraving. (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) On Septe...

The Assassination Of President William McKinley Led To The Creation Of The Secret Service

1900s | September 2, 2021

A horrified crowd looks on as Leon Czolgosz shoots President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York...

The Morgan Affair: A Tale Of Secret Societies, Kidnapping, And America’s First Third Political Par...

1800s | August 31, 2021

Picturesque History of Freemasonry (1844), Reception of an apprentice. (Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Im...

Sunscreen Through The Ages

Ancient History | August 29, 2021

(Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Today, we know how important it is to protect our skin from damaging and potentially cancer-causing UV rays, but commercial sunscre...

Who Was Attila The Hun?

Ancient History | August 27, 2021

Pope Leo I, Repulsing Attila, (detail), 1511-14. Vatican Museums and Galleries, Vatican City, Italy. (Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images) Attila the Hun was called the Scourge of God by man...

The Granger Movement Of The 1860s

1800s | August 25, 2021

Vignette inspired by the Granger movement depicts a farmer with a plough and two horses, asserting the importance of the farmer in American society. Dated 1875. (Photo12/Universal Image...

Ted Bundy: 5 Fast Facts About The Campus Killer

1970s | August 23, 2021

Ted Bundy, seated in court. (Bettmann/Getty Images) He Had A Weird UpbringingBorn on November 24, 1946, Ted Bundy grew up in a middle-class home in Philadelphia. Accordi...

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