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Politics

Vladimir Lenin: Everything You Didn't Know About The Ru...

October 21, 2020

Becoming Vladimir LeninVladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was born to a middle-class, well-educated family in Simbirsk, Russia on April 22, 1870. His father, Ilya, was...

Kim Il Sung: Facts You Didn't Know About The Ruthless D...

October 13, 2020

If you were asked who the current President of North Korea is, you'd likely answer Kim Jong Un, the current ruler of the Democratic People's Republic (though...

The Outer Space Treaty Of 1967: The International Commu...

October 10, 2020

From the moment that man started venturing into space, it became clear that we needed rules to govern the vast reaches beyond the Earth. The Outer Space Trea...

Dictators Who Kept Their Dire Health Scares Secret From...

October 9, 2020

(Warren K. Leffler/Wikimedia Commons) Whether they're ruthless warlords or seemingly benevolent monochrome jumpsuit enthusiasts, all dictators want to be seen...

How The Electoral College Was Created To Give The South...

October 1, 2020

(Howard Chandler Christy/Wikimedia Commons) To paraphrase the Insane Clown Posse, "The electoral college—how does it work?" We all more or less know that a ca...

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....

Liberia's 1927 Presidential Election: The Most Rigged E...

September 21, 2020

The flag of Liberia. (Government of Liberia/Wikimedia Commons) In the minds of many, "politics" and "corruption" are synonymous, and they can cite plenty of e...

When The C.I.A. Is Formed In 1947 (Established By Presi...

September 17, 2020

The C.I.A. has long loomed large in the minds of tinfoil hat–wearers and fans of police procedurals alike, but its formation was born out of the need for ove...

19th Amendment: Aftermath And Stories About When Women ...

August 18, 2020

Three unidentified women make history by becoming the first of their sex to vote in an election after the 19th Amendment was passed, San Francisco, California, ...

1965: Voting Rights Act Is Signed By Lyndon B. Johnson

August 6, 2020

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson hands a pen to Civil Rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. during the signing of the Voting Rights Act as officials look o...

How Woodrow Wilson Planned To Hack His Own Election For...

August 1, 2020

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson was pretty sure that he was on his way out of the White House, and although he ran for reelection, he apparently wanted to ...

What Was Life Like In Russian Gulags? The Horrors, Expl...

July 23, 2020

Beginning under the leadership of dictator Vladimir Lenin, the Soviet Union established a forced labor camp system that soon earned a reputation for brutalit...

Nelson Mandela: Facts And Stories You Didn't Know About...

July 18, 2020

Nelson Mandela waves to the crowd after speaking at the Colonial Stadium for the World Reconciliation Day Concert, September 8, 2000 in Melbourne, Australia. (H...

ZunZuneo: When The U.S. Developed A Fake Twitter To Con...

May 1, 2020

Hearkening back to the height of the Cold War, the ZunZuneo project was developed in 2009 by the U.S. Agency International Development, or USAID, as a kind o...

William Randolph Hearst: Father Of Yellow Journalism/Fa...

April 29, 2020

There's never been an American character quite like William Randolph Hearst, the business tycoon, newspaper publisher, and politician who created the largest...

Che Guevara Photo: The Iconic Image Explained

March 5, 2020

Taken on March 5, 1960 in Havana, Cuba by photographer Alberto Korda, this famous photo of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara is one of the most unavoidable photos ...

How Much Do You Know About Machiavelli?

February 15, 2020

Just as Machiavelli was put to the test by the Medici family, you, too, are about to face the music. Of course, in this instance, you're just taking a short quiz. Machiavelli was se...

Machiavelli: Biography And Facts About History's Most M...

February 15, 2020

His name is connected with political leaders prone to playing 3-D chess, but was Machiavelli actually the conniving manipulator that we know him as? His most well...

Robert Smalls's Great Escape: How A Slave Stole A Confe...

December 4, 2019

Born into slavery and forced to work as a ship's captain without any of the respect usually afforded to a ship's captain, Robert Smalls was a man who refused to ...

The White House Thanksgiving: History Of How Presidents...

November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving has been an American tradition since before the country was actually a country, and over the 200-plus years that the United States has been thriving...