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Ten Surprising Public Figures Who Dreamed of Olympic Gold

Ten Surprising Public Figures Who Dreamed of Olympic Gold
Ten Surprising Public Figures Who Dreamed of Olympic Gold

Ten Surprising Public Figures Who Dreamed of Olympic Gold

The list includes European royals, Darth Vader's stunt double and an American World War II general

The list includes European royals, Darth Vader's stunt double and an American World War II general...

Ten Surprising Public Figures Who Dreamed of Olympic Gold

The Real Story Behind the Baltimore Deaths That Inspired 'Lady in the Lake'

The Real Story Behind the Baltimore Deaths That Inspired 'Lady in the Lake'
The Real Story Behind the Baltimore Deaths That Inspired 'Lady in the Lake'

The Real Story Behind the Baltimore Deaths That Inspired 'Lady in the Lake'

A new mini-series offers a fictionalized take on two unrelated 1969 cases: the mysterious disappearance of bartender Shirley Lee Parker and the murder of 11-year-old Esther Lebowitz

A new mini-series offers a fictionalized take on two unrelated 1969 cases: the mysterious disappearance of bartender Shirley Lee Parker and the murder of 11-year-old Esther Le...

The Real Story Behind the Baltimore Deaths That Inspired 'Lady in the Lake'

The History of Presidential Assassination Attempts, From Andrew Jackson to Teddy Roosevelt

The History of Presidential Assassination Attempts, From Andrew Jackson to Teddy Roosevelt
The History of Presidential Assassination Attempts, From Andrew Jackson to Teddy Roosevelt

The History of Presidential Assassination Attempts, From Andrew Jackson to Teddy Roosevelt

Before last weekend's attack on Donald Trump, would-be assassins unsuccessfully targeted Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and seven other sitting presidents or candidates for office

Before last weekend's attack on Donald Trump, would-be assassins unsuccessfully targeted Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and seven other sitting presidents or candidates...

The History of Presidential Assassination Attempts, From Andrew Jackson to Teddy Roosevelt

Nine Things You Didn't Know About the Ancient Olympic Games

Nine Things You Didn't Know About the Ancient Olympic Games
Nine Things You Didn't Know About the Ancient Olympic Games

Nine Things You Didn't Know About the Ancient Olympic Games

With an intensive athletes’ boot camp and the threat of execution for unwelcome spectators, the Greek sporting event was a serious affair

With an intensive athletes’ boot camp and the threat of execution for unwelcome spectators, the Greek sporting event was a serious affair...

Nine Things You Didn't Know About the Ancient Olympic Games

How 'Fly Me to the Moon' Pokes Fun at Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories

How 'Fly Me to the Moon' Pokes Fun at Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories
How 'Fly Me to the Moon' Pokes Fun at Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories

How 'Fly Me to the Moon' Pokes Fun at Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories

The new Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum film presents an alternative history in which government officials prepared to fake the moon landing before NASA pulled off the feat for real

The new Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum film presents an alternative history in which government officials prepared to fake the moon landing before NASA pulled off the f...

How 'Fly Me to the Moon' Pokes Fun at Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories

When a Debate Flop Raised Concerns About Ronald Reagan's Fitness to Run for Re-Election

When a Debate Flop Raised Concerns About Ronald Reagan's Fitness to Run for Re-Election
When a Debate Flop Raised Concerns About Ronald Reagan's Fitness to Run for Re-Election

When a Debate Flop Raised Concerns About Ronald Reagan's Fitness to Run for Re-Election

During the 1984 campaign, the 73-year-old president meandered his way through his first face-off against Walter Mondale, prompting questions about his mental acuity

During the 1984 campaign, the 73-year-old president meandered his way through his first face-off against Walter Mondale, prompting questions about his mental acuity...

When a Debate Flop Raised Concerns About Ronald Reagan's Fitness to Run for Re-Election

Why Descendants Are Returning to the Plantations Where Their Ancestors Were Enslaved

Why Descendants Are Returning to the Plantations Where Their Ancestors Were Enslaved
Why Descendants Are Returning to the Plantations Where Their Ancestors Were Enslaved

Why Descendants Are Returning to the Plantations Where Their Ancestors Were Enslaved

Some Black Americans are reclaiming antebellum estates as part of their family legacy, reflecting the power and possibility of these historic sites

Some Black Americans are reclaiming antebellum estates as part of their family legacy, reflecting the power and possibility of these historic sites...

Why Descendants Are Returning to the Plantations Where Their Ancestors Were Enslaved

Meet Vivian Maier, the Reclusive Nanny Who Secretly Became One of the Best Street Photographers of the 20th Century

Meet Vivian Maier, the Reclusive Nanny Who Secretly Became One of the Best Street Photographers of the 20th Century
Meet Vivian Maier, the Reclusive Nanny Who Secretly Became One of the Best Street Photographers of the 20th Century

Meet Vivian Maier, the Reclusive Nanny Who Secretly Became One of the Best Street Photographers of the 20th Century

The self-taught artist is getting her first museum exhibition in New York City, where she nurtured her nascent interest in photography

The self-taught artist is getting her first museum exhibition in New York City, where she nurtured her nascent interest in photography...

Meet Vivian Maier, the Reclusive Nanny Who Secretly Became One of the Best Street Photographers of the 20th Century

How All-Female 'Juries of Matrons' Shaped Legal History

How All-Female 'Juries of Matrons' Shaped Legal History
How All-Female 'Juries of Matrons' Shaped Legal History

How All-Female 'Juries of Matrons' Shaped Legal History

Courts called on these jurors to determine whether women sentenced to death were pregnant or faking it to avoid execution

Courts called on these jurors to determine whether women sentenced to death were pregnant or faking it to avoid execution...

How All-Female 'Juries of Matrons' Shaped Legal History

How the Rise of the Camera Launched a Fight to Protect Gilded Age Americans' Privacy

How the Rise of the Camera Launched a Fight to Protect Gilded Age Americans' Privacy
How the Rise of the Camera Launched a Fight to Protect Gilded Age Americans' Privacy

How the Rise of the Camera Launched a Fight to Protect Gilded Age Americans' Privacy

Early photographers sold their snapshots to advertisers, who reused the individuals' likenesses without their permission

Early photographers sold their snapshots to advertisers, who reused the individuals' likenesses without their permission...

How the Rise of the Camera Launched a Fight to Protect Gilded Age Americans' Privacy

Why Ernest Hemingway's Younger Brother Established a Floating Republic in the Caribbean

Why Ernest Hemingway's Younger Brother Established a Floating Republic in the Caribbean
Why Ernest Hemingway's Younger Brother Established a Floating Republic in the Caribbean

Why Ernest Hemingway's Younger Brother Established a Floating Republic in the Caribbean

On July 4, 1964, Leicester Hemingway founded New Atlantis, a raft-turned-micronation intended to support marine life in the region

On July 4, 1964, Leicester Hemingway founded New Atlantis, a raft-turned-micronation intended to support marine life in the region...

Why Ernest Hemingway's Younger Brother Established a Floating Republic in the Caribbean

From China to the Mediterranean and More, Here's How Different Cultures Envision Dragons

From China to the Mediterranean and More, Here's How Different Cultures Envision Dragons
From China to the Mediterranean and More, Here's How Different Cultures Envision Dragons

From China to the Mediterranean and More, Here's How Different Cultures Envision Dragons

In some parts of the world, the mythical creatures are monsters. In others, they’re more benign beings

In some parts of the world, the mythical creatures are monsters. In others, they’re more benign beings...

From China to the Mediterranean and More, Here's How Different Cultures Envision Dragons

Tired of Diplomacy as Usual, This Congressman Flew Solo to Promote World Peace

Tired of Diplomacy as Usual, This Congressman Flew Solo to Promote World Peace
Tired of Diplomacy as Usual, This Congressman Flew Solo to Promote World Peace

Tired of Diplomacy as Usual, This Congressman Flew Solo to Promote World Peace

Representative Peter F. Mack’s soaring diplomatic ambitions made aviation history as he traveled through Europe, South Asia, Japan and then across the vast Pacific Ocean

Representative Peter F. Mack’s soaring diplomatic ambitions made aviation history as he traveled through Europe, South Asia, Japan and then across the vast Pacific Ocean...

Tired of Diplomacy as Usual, This Congressman Flew Solo to Promote World Peace

The Forgotten Black Explorers Who Transformed Americans' Understanding of the Wilderness

The Forgotten Black Explorers Who Transformed Americans' Understanding of the Wilderness
The Forgotten Black Explorers Who Transformed Americans' Understanding of the Wilderness

The Forgotten Black Explorers Who Transformed Americans' Understanding of the Wilderness

Esteban, York and James Beckwourth charted the American frontier between the 16th and 19th centuries

Esteban, York and James Beckwourth charted the American frontier between the 16th and 19th centuries...

The Forgotten Black Explorers Who Transformed Americans' Understanding of the Wilderness

How Coffee Helped the Union Caffeinate Their Way to Victory in the Civil War

How Coffee Helped the Union Caffeinate Their Way to Victory in the Civil War
How Coffee Helped the Union Caffeinate Their Way to Victory in the Civil War

How Coffee Helped the Union Caffeinate Their Way to Victory in the Civil War

The North’s fruitful partnership with Liberian farmers fueled a steady supply of an essential beverage

The North’s fruitful partnership with Liberian farmers fueled a steady supply of an essential beverage...

How Coffee Helped the Union Caffeinate Their Way to Victory in the Civil War

'The Crime of the Century,' a Century Later

'The Crime of the Century,' a Century Later
'The Crime of the Century,' a Century Later

'The Crime of the Century,' a Century Later

In the summer of 1924, the Leopold and Loeb murder case triggered a media frenzy and a debate over whether anyone can truly know what’s inside the mind of a cold-blooded killer

In the summer of 1924, the Leopold and Loeb murder case triggered a media frenzy and a debate over whether anyone can truly know what’s inside the mind of a cold-blooded kil...

'The Crime of the Century,' a Century Later

Who Was 'Lisa Ben,' the Woman Behind the U.S.'s First Lesbian Magazine?

Who Was 'Lisa Ben,' the Woman Behind the U.S.'s First Lesbian Magazine?
Who Was 'Lisa Ben,' the Woman Behind the U.S.'s First Lesbian Magazine?

Who Was 'Lisa Ben,' the Woman Behind the U.S.'s First Lesbian Magazine?

Edythe Eyde published nine issues of "Vice Versa" between June 1947 and February 1948. She later adopted a pen name that doubled as an anagram for "lesbian"

Edythe Eyde published nine issues of "Vice Versa" between June 1947 and February 1948. She later adopted a pen name that doubled as an anagram for "lesbian"...

Who Was 'Lisa Ben,' the Woman Behind the U.S.'s First Lesbian Magazine?

Meet the Forgotten Woman Who Revolutionized Microbiology With a Simple Kitchen Staple

Meet the Forgotten Woman Who Revolutionized Microbiology With a Simple Kitchen Staple
Meet the Forgotten Woman Who Revolutionized Microbiology With a Simple Kitchen Staple

Meet the Forgotten Woman Who Revolutionized Microbiology With a Simple Kitchen Staple

Fanny Angelina Hesse introduced agar to the life sciences in 1881. A trove of unpublished family papers sheds new light on her many accomplishments

Fanny Angelina Hesse introduced agar to the life sciences in 1881. A trove of unpublished family papers sheds new light on her many accomplishments...

Meet the Forgotten Woman Who Revolutionized Microbiology With a Simple Kitchen Staple

A Buried Ancient Egyptian Port Reveals the Hidden Connections Between Distant Civilizations

A Buried Ancient Egyptian Port Reveals the Hidden Connections Between Distant Civilizations
A Buried Ancient Egyptian Port Reveals the Hidden Connections Between Distant Civilizations

A Buried Ancient Egyptian Port Reveals the Hidden Connections Between Distant Civilizations

At the site of Berenike, in the desert sands along the Red Sea, archaeologists are uncovering wondrous new finds that challenge old ideas about the makings of the modern world

At the site of Berenike, in the desert sands along the Red Sea, archaeologists are uncovering wondrous new finds that challenge old ideas about the makings of the modern world...

A Buried Ancient Egyptian Port Reveals the Hidden Connections Between Distant Civilizations

Why the 1924 Democratic National Convention Was the Longest and Most Chaotic of Its Kind in U.S. History

Why the 1924 Democratic National Convention Was the Longest and Most Chaotic of Its Kind in U.S. History
Why the 1924 Democratic National Convention Was the Longest and Most Chaotic of Its Kind in U.S. History

Why the 1924 Democratic National Convention Was the Longest and Most Chaotic of Its Kind in U.S. History

A century ago, the party took a record 103 ballots and 16 days of intense, violent debate to choose a presidential nominee

A century ago, the party took a record 103 ballots and 16 days of intense, violent debate to choose a presidential nominee...

Why the 1924 Democratic National Convention Was the Longest and Most Chaotic of Its Kind in U.S. History

The Real Story Behind 'The Bikeriders' and the Danny Lyon Photography Book That Inspired It

The Real Story Behind 'The Bikeriders' and the Danny Lyon Photography Book That Inspired It
The Real Story Behind 'The Bikeriders' and the Danny Lyon Photography Book That Inspired It

The Real Story Behind 'The Bikeriders' and the Danny Lyon Photography Book That Inspired It

A new film dramatizes the story of a motorcycle club chronicled by Lyon in the 1960s, offering a tribute to the outlaw spirit

A new film dramatizes the story of a motorcycle club chronicled by Lyon in the 1960s, offering a tribute to the outlaw spirit...

The Real Story Behind 'The Bikeriders' and the Danny Lyon Photography Book That Inspired It

Why the Nordic Countries Emerged as a Haven for 20th-Century African American Expatriates

Why the Nordic Countries Emerged as a Haven for 20th-Century African American Expatriates
Why the Nordic Countries Emerged as a Haven for 20th-Century African American Expatriates

Why the Nordic Countries Emerged as a Haven for 20th-Century African American Expatriates

An exhibition in Seattle spotlights the Black artists and performers who called Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden home between the 1930s and the 1980s

An exhibition in Seattle spotlights the Black artists and performers who called Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden home between the 1930s and the 1980s...

Why the Nordic Countries Emerged as a Haven for 20th-Century African American Expatriates

The Paris Games' Mascot, the Olympic Phryge, Boasts a Little-Known Revolutionary Past

The Paris Games' Mascot, the Olympic Phryge, Boasts a Little-Known Revolutionary Past
The Paris Games' Mascot, the Olympic Phryge, Boasts a Little-Known Revolutionary Past

The Paris Games' Mascot, the Olympic Phryge, Boasts a Little-Known Revolutionary Past

The Phrygian cap, also known as the liberty cap, emerged as a potent symbol in 18th-century America and France

The Phrygian cap, also known as the liberty cap, emerged as a potent symbol in 18th-century America and France...

The Paris Games' Mascot, the Olympic Phryge, Boasts a Little-Known Revolutionary Past

The Real Story Behind 'Firebrand' and Henry VIII's Tumultuous Relationship With His Sixth Wife, Catherine Parr

The Real Story Behind 'Firebrand' and Henry VIII's Tumultuous Relationship With His Sixth Wife, Catherine Parr
The Real Story Behind 'Firebrand' and Henry VIII's Tumultuous Relationship With His Sixth Wife, Catherine Parr

The Real Story Behind 'Firebrand' and Henry VIII's Tumultuous Relationship With His Sixth Wife, Catherine Parr

A new film dramatizes how the Tudor queen narrowly avoided execution on charges of heresy

A new film dramatizes how the Tudor queen narrowly avoided execution on charges of heresy...

The Real Story Behind 'Firebrand' and Henry VIII's Tumultuous Relationship With His Sixth Wife, Catherine Parr

Everyone Should Know About Rickwood Field, the Alabama Park Where Baseball Legends Made History

Everyone Should Know About Rickwood Field, the Alabama Park Where Baseball Legends Made History
Everyone Should Know About Rickwood Field, the Alabama Park Where Baseball Legends Made History

Everyone Should Know About Rickwood Field, the Alabama Park Where Baseball Legends Made History

The sport's greatest figures played ball in the Deep South amid the racism and bigotry that would later make Birmingham the center of the civil rights movement

The sport's greatest figures played ball in the Deep South amid the racism and bigotry that would later make Birmingham the center of the civil rights movement...

Everyone Should Know About Rickwood Field, the Alabama Park Where Baseball Legends Made History

Twenty-Five Years Before the Wright Brothers Took to the Skies, This Flying Machine Captivated America

Twenty-Five Years Before the Wright Brothers Took to the Skies, This Flying Machine Captivated America
Twenty-Five Years Before the Wright Brothers Took to the Skies, This Flying Machine Captivated America

Twenty-Five Years Before the Wright Brothers Took to the Skies, This Flying Machine Captivated America

First exhibited in 1878, Charles F. Ritchel's dirigible was about as wacky, dangerous and impractical as any airship ever launched

First exhibited in 1878, Charles F. Ritchel's dirigible was about as wacky, dangerous and impractical as any airship ever launched...

Twenty-Five Years Before the Wright Brothers Took to the Skies, This Flying Machine Captivated America

How the United States Laid Claim to the Mississippi River, One Mile at a Time

How the United States Laid Claim to the Mississippi River, One Mile at a Time
How the United States Laid Claim to the Mississippi River, One Mile at a Time

How the United States Laid Claim to the Mississippi River, One Mile at a Time

Thomas Jefferson imagined the waterway as the heart of his “empire of liberty" as he dispatched surveyors to measure a land already occupied by Native Americans

Thomas Jefferson imagined the waterway as the heart of his “empire of liberty" as he dispatched surveyors to measure a land already occupied by Native Americans...

How the United States Laid Claim to the Mississippi River, One Mile at a Time

What Does George Orwell's '1984' Mean in 2024?

What Does George Orwell's '1984' Mean in 2024?
What Does George Orwell's '1984' Mean in 2024?

What Does George Orwell's '1984' Mean in 2024?

Now 75 years old, the dystopian novel still rings alarm bells about totalitarian rule

Now 75 years old, the dystopian novel still rings alarm bells about totalitarian rule...

What Does George Orwell's '1984' Mean in 2024?
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