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William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson: How a Couple of ...

April 15, 2019

The year was 1901. A new form of transportation was America’s newest obsession…the bicycle. The one-man, pedal-powered bikes were all the rage. Turn-of-the-c...

The Real Nellie Oleson, Laura’s Prairie Frenemy

April 11, 2019

Alison Arngrim played Nellie Oleson in the TV series Little House on the Prairie. Source: (NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images) If you were a fan of the Little House series o...

Diana of the Dunes: A Lake Michigan Ghost Story With A ...

April 9, 2019

Actress Angie Dickinson swimming outdoors in 1961, perhaps channeling her inner Diana of the Dunes. Source: (photo by Pierluigi/Mandadori Portfolio via Getty Im...

Hans Christian Andersen And International Children’s Bo...

April 5, 2019

Not only does April 2nd of this year mark the 214th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen but it is also International Children’s Book Day. Andersen was an a...

Who Invented The Pinball Machine?

April 4, 2019

Participants of the German Table Football Championship play at pinball machines in the Tango terminal at Helmut Schmidt Airport. Source: (Photo by Axel Heimken/picture alliance via Gett...

John Brown: Religious Zealot, Abolitionist Hero, or Ter...

April 1, 2019

History has labeled John Brown a madman and a radical. Even before his infamous raid oh Harper’s Ferry in 1859, Brown had a reputation for using violence to ...

Things You May Not Know About Women Rulers In History

March 24, 2019

Queens of the Nile Exhibition At Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. Source: (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) For centuries women have been in leadership roles as...

Historical Figures Who Suffered From Diseases or Disord...

March 23, 2019

There are numerous diseases and disorders that average people suffer from every day with no respecter of persons. These diseases can come upon anyone at any ...

Perkin Warbeck, the Great Pretender

March 20, 2019

A great mystery in English royalty is the fate of the “two princes in the Tower.” Edward and Richard, ages 12 and 10, were both too young to take over the English throne when their...

“I Shall Return”: General MacArthur’s Promise

March 19, 2019

Gen. Douglas MacArthur (C) and Gen. Richard Sutherland (L) and Col. Lloyd Lehrbas wading ashore during Amer. landing at Lingayen Gulf. Source: (Photo by Carl Mydans/Th...

The Divine Sarah Bernhardt

March 15, 2019

Stage actress Sarah Bernhardt, arguably the greatest tragedienne of her day, in a scene from an unnamed theatre production. Original Publication: People Disc - HW0437 Source: (Photo by Hulton ...

Stephen Decatur And The Barbary Pirates

March 13, 2019

Painting by Rembrandt Peale depicts a portrait of US Naval Officer Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), 1817. Source: (Photo by The New York Historical Society/Getty Images) An exceptio...

History of the Life and Loves of Ernest Hemingway

March 9, 2019

The writings of Ernest Hemingway are well known throughout the literary world, but how much is known about him as a person? A lot of authors use their own lives or t...

Confederate Spy Belle Boyd, The Siren Of Shenandoah

March 8, 2019

She was called the Siren of the Shenandoah, the Cleopatra of Secession, and the La Belle Rebelle. Isabella “Belle” Boyd was one of the most famous Confederate spies...

Glenn Miller’s Disappearance, Accident or Cover Up?

February 26, 2019

Glenn Miller, with trombone. Source: (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) On December 15, 1944, American orchestra leader, Glenn Miller, famous for hits like “Chattanoo...

Thanks to These Ladies, Women Have the Right to Vote

February 25, 2019

On May 3, 1916, Suffragettes carry a banner announcing that 'Women have full suffrage in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Idaho' at the Women of all Nations Parade in New ...

The History of the Amish and Their Unique Way of Life

February 24, 2019

The Amish people and their way of life may seem to be a bit too strict, particularly with modern society today; but the history and culture of the Amish is really...

Ben Franklin and His Kite Experiment, The Real Story

February 22, 2019

A Currier & Ives lithograph of Benjamin Franklin and his son William using a kite and key during a storm to prove that lightning was electricity, June 1752. Source: (...

“Happy Birthday To You”: The Celebratory Song With the ...

February 21, 2019

Finally, in 2015, more than 90 years after it was first published, the song everyone sings before blowing out their birthday candles, the ditty “Happy Bi...

Lorne Greene and the Fate of a Horse

February 19, 2019

Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright on Buck in a scene from TV’s “Bonanza” Source: (Photo by: Fred Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) TV’s Bonanza was one of the longest runni...

Presidential Hobbies: How Some U.S. Presidents Used The...

February 18, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton plays a saxophone while some of his supporters sing and dance. Source: (Photo by Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Get...

Breaking the Record for Longest Lasting Marriages

February 16, 2019

Is marriage still applicable to modern society or is it a dying institution? According to some, it is still a thriving partnership. Although rare today, there are sti...

History’s Most Memorable Kisses

February 14, 2019

A kiss can be many things…romantic, loving, forbidden, scandalous, and shocking. In the 1987 movie, The Princess Bride, the narrator notes that “Since the invention of the kiss there...

The True Story of the Essex, the Inspiration for "Moby ...

February 13, 2019

Gregory Peck in a scene from the 1956 movie “Moby Dick'' Source: (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) In 1851, Herman Melville published hi...

Edwin Land’s Daughter Wanted a Selfie, So He Invented P...

February 11, 2019

Portrait of American scientist, inventor, and businessman Edwin Land (1909 - 1991), president and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation as he demonstrates hi...

Faith Over Baseball: Where Sandy Koufax Wasn’t On Yom K...

February 7, 2019

The LA Dodgers were having a great season in 1965…so great, in fact, that they made it to the World Series against the Minnesota Twins. Much of the team’s ...

The Hobbit: How A Bored Professor Created A Fantasy Cla...

February 6, 2019

British writer John Ronald Reul Tolkien (1892-1973), sitting in his study at Merton College, Oxford, where he is a Fellow. Source: (Haywood Magee/Picture Post/G...

Tigger Invented the Artificial Heart???

February 4, 2019

Paul Winchell, a comedian, voice-over actor, and puppeteer is probably best remembered for supplying the voice to Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh cartoons. In fact, Winchell won ...

Mikhail Baryshnikov Choreographed The Perfect Defection...

February 2, 2019

The famed Bolshoi Ballet was one of the Cold War tools used by the Soviet Union to show off to the world just how cultured, sophisticated, and brilliant the ...

Teddy Roosevelt Bull Moosed His Way Through An Assassin...

January 31, 2019

Theodore Roosevelt was waving his hat to the crowd just like this when an assassin shot him. Source: (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) Theodore Roosevelt, t...

Babe Didrikson, The Greatest Female Athlete

January 30, 2019

Before Serena Williams, Billie Jean King, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Kerri Walsh-Jennings, and Ronda Rousey, there was Babe Didrikson. Arguably the greatest female athlete of al...

The President And The Mole People

January 17, 2019

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) American diplomat and Sixth President of the United States of America 1825-1829. c1848. Source: (Universal History Archive/Getty Images) No doubt U.S. pr...

The Origin of Sherlock Holmes

January 13, 2019

Sherlock Holmes LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A reproduction of a copy of the book 'A Study in Scarlet' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 8th December 1986. Source: (Photo by Georges De Ke...

Day-O: The Story of “The Banana Boat Song”

January 8, 2019

American actor and singer Harry Belafonte poses next to the ocean circa 1957. Source: (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images) Harry Belafonte, one of the most well-known J...

The Story Behind the Miranda Rights

January 5, 2019

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney and to have an attorney presen...

How a Scholarly Farm Boy Attempted to Take Down the Bri...

December 31, 2018

Painting depicting the unsuccessful attempt by USS Turtle to attach a 'torpedo' to the bottom of HMS Eagle. Governor's Harbor, New York, USA. 7 September 1776. ...

Alexander Gardner, Civil War Fake News

December 28, 2018

Meadow strewn with Confederate dead, photographed by Alexander Gardner two days after fighting had ceased during bloodiest battle of Civil War. Source: (Photo by Alexander Gardner/...

Who Was the Inspiration For Uncle Sam?

December 27, 2018

A participant dressed as Uncle Sam attends in Albany, New York. Source: (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Uncle Sam…he is a symbol of America and everyone’s most patriotic un...

The Story Behind “The Gipper” Speech, the Greatest Pep ...

December 26, 2018

“Win One For the Gipper”. If you’re a fan of college football, you know that this was the one impassionate plea that rallied the Fighting Irish of the Un...

The Groundbreaking Althea Gibson

December 17, 2018

Althea Gibson at Wimbledon (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) Although she doesn’t get the recognition that Jackie Robinson did, 1950s athlete Althea Gibson was as...

Thomas Nast Gave Us Santa Claus

December 13, 2018

Ask anyone today to describe Santa Claus and you will pretty much get the same answers…red suit, full white beard, big belly. But our image of the jolly old elf used to be really incon...

The Vile Vortices Of Ivan T. Sanderson

December 9, 2018

Ten of the twelve vortices/image from pinterest In 1972, Ivan T. Sanderson, a Scottish biologist who founded the Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained, published an art...

Why History Should Remember the Name, David Rittenhouse

December 4, 2018

American astronomer David Rittenhouse (circa 1775). (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) A contemporary of the Founding Fathers of the United States, David Rittenhouse was...

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Famous Daughter, Rose Wilder Lan...

December 3, 2018

Baby Rose...Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, Michelle Steffin as Rose Wilder, Dean Butler as Almanzo James Wilder (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo B...

McCarthyism: The Witch Trials of the Twentieth Century

December 2, 2018

Throughout history, there have been times when mass hysteria has led to the wrongful punishment of the accused, with little to no evidence. It usually starts wit...

What You Didn’t Know About Dolley Madison

November 30, 2018

Dolley Madison, wife of US president James Madison rescues a portrait of George Washington from the White House before the British troops set fire to the building during the W...

Celebrities Who Died In Skiing Accidents

November 28, 2018

Silhouetted skier in action. Gary M. Prior/ALLSPORT/GettyImages Making the most of winter fun, the rich and famous often enjoy skiing. And, why not? It’s great exercise and an e...

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aaron Burr’s Daughter, ...

November 24, 2018

People today may only know her name from the song, “Dear Theodosia,” in the hit musical, Hamilton, but during her time, Theodosia Burr Alston was a socialit...

Crazy Legs Ray Bolger

November 23, 2018

Dancer Ray Bolger doing the splits while performing a soft shoe dance on stage during Edgar Bergen's Gay '90s party. (Photo by Peter Stackpole/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Ray Bolger ...

Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice…It Strikes Seven Times!

November 19, 2018

Cloud to cloud lightning. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Your chances of being struck by lightning are roughly 1 in 960,000. Your chances of ...

The Double Survival Miracle of Juliane Koepcke

November 12, 2018

On Christmas Eve, 1971, an airplane departing from Lima, Peru, was struck by lightning and broke apart midair. The accident killed every person on board, with the excepti...

Was Edith Bolling Wilson Our First Female President?

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

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...

How Much Do You Know About the Mayflower?

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, 192...

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 mul...

Celebrity Lifesavers

October 24, 2018

Matthew McConaughey attends the Austin Film Society's premiere screening of 'White Boy Rick' at AFS Cinema on September 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images) Many people co...

America’s Sweethearts Through the Decades

October 19, 2018

There is something very wholesome and special about an America’s sweetheart. She is a celebrity that mingles the right formula of girl-next-door, niceness, and a dash of sex...

Danica McKellar: A Math “Wonder”

October 12, 2018

Actress Danica McKellar on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/WireImage) As a child actress, Danica McKellar rose to prominence for playing Winnie Co...

The Best Presidential Campaign Slogans

September 27, 2018

A 1952 campaign button supporting Dwight D Eisenhower, the Republican candidate for President in the election. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) As much as we may dread election time be...

Abigail Adams: The Colonial Feminist

September 6, 2018

Engraved portrait of Abigail Smith Adams (1744 - 1818), late 1700s. She was the wife of the second American president, John Adams, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth Amer...

Twelve People in History You Didn’t Know Were Redheads

September 4, 2018

Ed Sheeran embraces his gingerness, but we bet you didn’t know just how many historical redheads there have been. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Apple Mus...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Aron Ralston’s Difficu...

September 3, 2018

Aron Ralston knows a thing to two about survival. As an avid climber and outdoorsman, he has had his share of close calls, including surviving an avalanche....

The REAL Johnny Appleseed

August 24, 2018

A painting depicting Johnny Appleseed. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) We all remember learning about Johnny Appleseed when we were in elementary school. Acc...

WWII Serial Killer Mom Sacrificed Victims to Keep Her S...

August 16, 2018

Leonarda Cianciulli was a particularly callous and brutal serial killer who killed her victims as a form of human sacrifice to ensure that her favorite son w...

Marilyn Monroe - A Picture For Every Year of Her Life

June 19, 2018

Come with us on a journey through the life of Marilyn Monroe - In Photos. This series of pictures of the famous actress ans sex symbol give us an up- close look at th...

Don Juan - The Man - The Legend - The Myth

June 11, 2018

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “He’s a typical Don Juan”. For centuries, some men have been labeled as smooth-talking, woman chasing, bad and almost dangerous -for-women-t...

The Birth and History of the Guinness Book of World Rec...

June 4, 2018

The only book in the world that has been held in high esteem and has gained world- wide achievement recognition for recording record breaking over the years, ...

Was Dick Tracey The Character Who Invented The Smart Wa...

May 29, 2018

Apple came out with their invention of the Apple Watch as the first Smart Watch on April 24, 2015, wowing wrists everywhere. However, the idea of wearing a te...

The Modern Beauty Methods of Max Factor

May 23, 2018

circa 1930: Make-up expert Max Factor (1904 - 1996) demonstrates the technique of applying eyeshadow, using actress Josephine Dunn (1906 - 1983) as his subject. (Photo by Clarence...

The Giants of Seville

May 18, 2018

circa 1870: Giant Captain Bates, husband of 8 ft 3 ins giantess Anna Swan. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Seville, Ohio is a little town that sits about 44 miles South of Cleveland, with a...

The Infamous Mug Shot of "Bad Boy" Frank Sinatra

May 14, 2018

Many devoted Frank Sinatra fans are well aware of the infamous “mug shot” of 1938. This scandalous photo was first made public on December 9, 1998, when the FBI release...

People Recreated Their Grandparents Photos, And The Res...

January 8, 2018

To honor our grandparents' journey in this world and to express love, here's a collection of photos of people recreating their grandparents old photographs, and t...

Photos Show the Ingenuity of Those Who Illegally Cross ...

January 7, 2018

Borders are more than just division between countries. Especially when one nation wants for more than its neighbor, the border will always be an invitation to tho...

This Meteorologist Spent The Past 30 Years Living Alone...

December 18, 2017

Vyacheslav Korotki, lives on the barents sea, in a century old wooden house that became a meteorological station in 1933, where he was sent by the Russian state t...

This Is Not A Victorian Lady, It's F. Scott Fitzgerald ...

December 7, 2017

These photos were taken in 1916 to help promote The Evil Eye at Princeton's Triangle Club. Fitzgerald was in his third year at Princeton when the musical-comedy t...

The Curious Case of the Woman with Four Legs

November 27, 2017

Myrtle Corbin, was known as the Four-Legged Woman, however, technically, only one pair actually belonged to her. The other pair belonged to her dipygus twin sister. Born in Lin...

The Curious Story of the Blue-Skinned Family of Eastern...

November 23, 2017

For nearly 200 years, the Fugate family of Kentucky remained largely sealed off from society as they passed their blue skin from one generation to the next. The B...

A Photo of Billy the Kid Bought for $10 at a Flea Marke...

November 21, 2017

Six years ago, North Carolinian lawyer Frank Abrams unknowingly bought a rare photograph that experts believe shows Billy the Kid hanging out with the man who wou...

Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror (A Documentary)

November 20, 2017

A look at the rise and fall of one of history's most notorious figures - Caligula. Credit: Ancient Documentaries

The Story Behind The Iconic Image of an Abandoned Boy C...

November 16, 2017

Below is Toni Frissell's iconic WW2 photo, one of the most heartbreaking photos to come out of the London Blitz. The boy in the photo did in fact survive the war ...