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Orville Redenbacher: Everything You Didn't Know About T...

June 19, 2021

Orville Redenbacher in 1986. (George Rose/Getty Images) The unassuming bow-tied face you see all across the snack aisle of your local grocery store was the un...

Rodney Dangerfield And How He Pretty Much Invented Stan...

May 16, 2021

Comedian and film star Rodney Dangerfield poses during a 1987 Beverly Hills, California, photo portrait session to promote his return to Las Vegas. (George Rose...

David Attenborough: A Voice You Know, And A Man You Don...

May 12, 2021

TV presenter David Attenborough walking to work on a snowy morning the day after his appointment as controller of BBC2, March 4, 1965. (Ron Burton/Mirrorpix/Get...

Dizzy Gillespie: Trumpet Player, Jazz Legend, And Jimmy...

April 8, 2021

American jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie performing at the Meridien Hotel in Paris, France. (Thierry Orban/Sygma via Getty Images) For more than half a century,...

P.T. Barnum: Circus Magnate And Entertainer Extraordina...

April 7, 2021

Phineas Taylor "P. T." Barnum (July 5, 1810–April 7, 1891). (Harvard Library/Wikimedia Commons) Called "The Greatest Showman on Earth," P.T. Barnum is known f...

Jonas Salk: Inventor Of The Polio Vaccine (Life, Bio, &...

March 28, 2021

Poliomyelitis, A.K.A. polio, is a viral infection which damages neurons, specifically motor neurons, weakening the infected's muscles and sometimes resulting...

Guccio Gucci: Founder Of Gucci And Its Complicated Hist...

March 26, 2021

Guccio Gucci c. 1940. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) His name is now synonymous with style, luxury, and haute couture, but what do you know about Guccio G...

John Steinbeck: Famous Author Biography, About, Facts, ...

February 27, 2021

Author John Steinbeck. (Peter Stackpole/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) If you went to high school in the United States, you definitely know the...

W.E.B. Du Bois: American Sociologist, Black Leader, And...

February 23, 2021

Formal photograph of W. E. B. Du Bois, with beard and mustache, around 50 years old. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) You may not know the name William...

George Washington: Biography, About, Facts, & Things Yo...

February 22, 2021

George Washington (1732–1799), first president of the United States, 1789–97, in an engraved portrait after 1792 painting by John Trumbull. (Stock Montage/Gett...

Nina Simone: Jazz Singer's Biography & Things You Didn'...

February 21, 2021

Courageous and complicated, Nina Simone remains an artist whose work begs to be pored over and inspected. She may be famous for her performance of "I Loves Y...

Ansel Adams: Artist Biography, Facts, Trivia, & More Ab...

February 20, 2021

Photographer Ansel Adams stands on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean. He adjusts the settings on his camera. (Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS/VCG via Getty Images) Even...

Galileo Galilei: Biography, Facts, & Things You Don't K...

February 15, 2021

Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) using a telescope, circa 1620. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Much like Madonna and Cher, Galileo...

Jesse James: Biography, Facts, & Things You Didn't Know...

February 13, 2021

American outlaw Jesse James, circa 1870. (MPI/Getty Images) Between 1866 and 1879, Jesse James terrorized the people and wallets of America. From Minnesota t...

Marilyn Monroe's Love Life: Divorces And Dates With Joe...

February 8, 2021

1954: A wistful Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson or Norma Jean Baker, 1926–1962). (Baron/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Norma Jeane Mortenson's life was fra...

Charles Dickens: Stories, Biography, & Things You Didn'...

February 7, 2021

British novelist Charles Dickens (1812–1870) seated in his study in Gads Hill near Rochester, Kent circa 1860. (Epics/Getty Images) Today, Charles Dickens is...

Hank Aaron: Stories, Biography, & Things You Didn't Kno...

February 5, 2021

A baseball signed by Hank Aaron. (Arturo Pardavila III/Wikimedia Commons) It's not hyperbole to say that baseball wouldn't be the same without Hank Aaron, th...

Harriet Tubman: Biography, Facts, And Things You Didn't...

January 29, 2021

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), American Abolitionist, Portrait, circa 1885. (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Harriet Tubman wa...

Mozart: Biography, Facts, And Things You Didn't Know Ab...

January 27, 2021

Posthumous portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1819. (Barbara Krafft/Wikimedia Commons) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart only lived to be 35 years old, but in his bri...

Salvador Dali: Biography, Trivia, And Facts About The F...

January 24, 2021

Dalí in 1939. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) The 20th century was very nearly the century of Salvador Dalí. From 1904 to 1989, he lived a life of sur...

When Explorer James Cook Discovered Hawaii And Was Boil...

January 18, 2021

Death of Captain Cook. (John Webber/Wikimedia Commons) James Cook was one of the most prolific British sea captains, navigators, and explorers during the Age ...

Benjamin Franklin: Biography, Trivia, And Facts About T...

January 17, 2021

1767, oil on canvas on panel, located in the White House, Washington, DC, USA. (VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images) The guy from the Dos Equis commercials mig...

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Biography And Facts About The ...

January 14, 2021

(National Archives and Records Administration/Wikimedia Commons) Whether you were alive when Martin Luther King, Jr. was marching for freedom as a Baptist min...

Dalai Lama History: Biography, History, And Legacy Of T...

January 13, 2021

The 14th Dalai Lama holding a speach in Vienna, Austria. (Wolfgang H. Wögerer, Vienna, Austria/Wikimedia Commons) As the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists...

The Children Of God Cult (The Family International): Pe...

December 1, 2020

(Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty) The Children of God, a religious cult led by the charismatic and persuasive David Berg, attracted the atte...

The Most Eccentric Presidents in U.S. History

November 22, 2020

President Ronald Reagan throwing a football from his desk in the Oval Office. (Mary Anne Fackelman-Miner/White House/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) Presiden...

J. Edgar Hoover Cross-Dressing: Did He Really?

November 21, 2020

Hoover photographed in 1959. (Federal Bureau of Investigation/Wikimedia Commons) Long after his death in 1972, J. Edgar Hoover has held the American public's attention, m...

Invention of the Radio: Guglielmo Marconi's Genius And ...

October 28, 2020

Guglielmo Marconi, portrait, head and shoulders, facing left. (Pach Brothers/Wikimedia Commons) Born in 1874 in Bologna, Italy, Guglielmo Marconi was the grea...

Pablo Picasso: Everything You Didn't Know About The Ava...

October 25, 2020

This file pictured dated October 13, 1971 shows Spanish painter Pablo Picasso in Mougins, France. (RALPH GATTI/AFP via Getty Images) As the father of cubism,...

Nikola Tesla: Everything You Didn't Know About The Famo...

October 22, 2020

Nikola Tesla (1856–1943), Serbian-American physicist sitting in his Colorado Springs laboratory with his "magnifying transmitter," 1899 (multiple exposure). (S...

Thomas Edison: Everything You Didn't Know About The Fam...

October 18, 2020

Thomas Edison (1847–1931) was a prolific inventor who was issued over 1,000 patents over his lifetime. (George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images) The name "Thom...

Teddy Roosevelt: Things You Didn't Know About The Bull ...

October 14, 2020

Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, was a rugged, no-nonsense statesman, writer, and naturalist. When not making policy and negotiating...

Eleanor Roosevelt: Facts And Trivia You Didn't Know Abo...

October 11, 2020

As FDR's first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt matured into a icon of the feminist movement and a symbol of charity and activism. But she wasn't always the wise, con...

Groucho Marx: Facts You Didn't Know About Comedy's Firs...

October 2, 2020

You know the greasepaint mustache and the big glasses, but there's so much more to Groucho Marx than his signature look. As a member of the Marx Brothers com...

John D. Rockefeller: The First Billionaire's Biography ...

September 28, 2020

Seated portrait of John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937), American oil magnate, early twentieth century. (Interim Archives/Getty Images) America's first billio...

Thomas Nast: Father of The American Political Cartoon

September 27, 2020

German-born American cartoonist and caricaturist Thomas Nast (1840–1902). (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) It is true that oftentimes, a picture is worth 1,000 words....

Coco the Clown: The UK's Number-One Vintage Clown

September 25, 2020

Coco the Clown inspects a replica of his face painted on an eggshell. (Peter Johnson/BIPs/Getty Images) On September 25, 1974, the entertainment world, particularly in...

Bill The Butcher A.K.A. William Poole: Bio, Facts, & Tr...

September 22, 2020

(Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) More than the inspiration for Daniel Day Lewis's character in Gangs Of New York, William Poole, also known as "Bill the Bu...

When Charlie Chaplin Was Banned From America For Commun...

September 18, 2020

(United Artists/Wikimedia Commons) British-born Charlie Chaplin was one of America's best-loved silent film stars and one of the few who made a smooth transit...

Terence McKenna: Psychonaut, Father Of The Stoned Ape T...

September 16, 2020

Did prehistoric man used psychedelic drugs? (Paul Zinken/Picture Alliance via Getty Images) Back in our pre-history, several species of humans marched to the ...

Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Biography, Facts, And Things Yo...

September 11, 2020

It would be impossible for any parent to know that their daughter would grow up to be not only a scholar and journalist but also a century-defining fashion i...

Carrie Finnell: The Bad Girl Of Burlesque

June 23, 2019

From the 1870s through the 1940s, Burlesque shows were a popular form of entertainment. Staged in nightclubs, theatres, and cabarets across the country, these variety shows f...

W. C. Handy and the Birth of the Blues

June 21, 2019

Portrait of jazz and blues pioneer W.C. Handy (1873 - 1958), blowing on his trumpet, mid twentieth century. Source: (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images) African American composer a...

Remember When Prince Changed His Name?

May 28, 2019

Prince performs onstage at The Hollywood Palladium on March 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Source: (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013) It is hard to believ...

Judy Blume: The Young Adult Author That Got You Through...

May 16, 2019

If you were an adolescent or teen in the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s, you probably owe thanks to American author, Judy Blume, for helping you navigate the treacher...

What You Didn’t Know About Lady Bird Johnson: LBJ's Fir...

May 14, 2019

Lady Bird Johnson standing in the Blue Room of the White House, on a Savonnerie carpet, wearing a red evening gown. Source: (Photo by Horst P. Horst/Conde Nas...

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 ...