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Politics

Ivan The Terrible (And Why He Wasn't That Terrible)

April 22, 2021

The Czar Ivan the Terrible, 1590, (1903). Artist Hans Wengel. (Print Collector/Getty Images) As one of Russia's most notorious rulers, Ivan the Terrible has long bee...

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,...

The History of the Word "Okay/OK" And Why The World Use...

March 23, 2021

Chou "An" Chun-An makes an "okay" sign with his hand at the League of Legends World Championship in San Francisco. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games via Ge...

Abortion-Performing Doctor Is Murdered: The First Time ...

March 22, 2021

Dr. Barnett Slepian wasn't the first doctor to be killed for performing abortions, but his death in 1998 was the first one that made national headlines. Why?...

The Sausage Duel: When Two Politicians Almost Faced Off...

March 11, 2021

Engraving of Otto von Bismarck, 1873. (Evert Duykinck/Wikimedia Commons) The concept of the duel takes up quite a bit of space in our collective consciousness...

Abraham Lincoln: Biography, Facts & Things You Didn't K...

February 12, 2021

President Abraham Lincoln. (Alexander Gardner/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images) If you went to elementary school in the United States, you pro...

Budd Dwyer: His TV Suicide And Everything That Led Up T...

January 22, 2021

On January 22, 1987, Robert Budd Dwyer, the acting Pennsylvania state treasurer, pulled out a .357 Magnum during a press conference, put it in his mouth, and...

The History Of The U.S.'s Peaceful Transition Of Power

January 19, 2021

The "President's House" in 1807. (White House/Wikimedia Commons) For as long as the U.S. has had a government, a peaceful transition of power has been fundamental...

Where Does The Term 'Redneck' Come From? How Redneck Cu...

January 10, 2021

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is shown performing on stage during a "live" concert appearance on April 12, 2014. (John Atashian/Getty Images) The term "redneck" has...

Shirley Chisholm: Everything You Didn't Know About The ...

November 18, 2020

African-American educator and U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm speaks at a podium at the Democratic National Convention, Miami Beach, Florida, July 1972. (Pi...

History of the Democratic Party: The Evolution of U.S. ...

November 17, 2020

When George Washington resigned as President of the United States in 1796, he published a farewell address in the popular American Daily Advisor for the nati...

History of the Republican Party: The Evolution of U.S. ...

November 16, 2020

1874 Nast cartoon featuring the first notable appearance of the Republican elephant. (Thomas Nast/Wikimedia Commons) Whether you call it the G.O.P., the conse...

The History Of Post-Election Riots: Should We Expect Ci...

November 5, 2020

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) Nothing has defined the modern era of presidential elections like fear...

A Modern History Of Failed Coups: How Political Uprisin...

November 3, 2020

The Carabineros open fire on Nacistas occupying the Seguro Obrero. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) People have been plotting to take over the government fo...

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...