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The Disastrous Burning of Washington in 1814

The War of 1812 began on June 18, 1812 when President James Madison declared war on Britain. Over twenty years before, Washington, D.C. was…

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Queen Mary I of England: “Bloody Mary”

Queen Mary I of England is best known for burning people of the Protestant faith and restoring England to Catholicism. She was given the…

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Carthage Dig Reveals the Mechanics of Ancient Chariot Racing

Rome was an empire obsessed with violence. Citizens went to fighting pits that stood like temples to war and blood to watch gladiators fight…

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The Holocaust Prisoners That Dug a Tunnel With Spoons

“This discovery is a heartwarming witness to the victory of hope over desperation.” – Jon Seligman, archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority LITHUANIA, APRIL,…

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The Olive Branch Petition: A History Altering Document

During the Second Continental Congress meeting, a petition called the “Olive Branch Petition” was drafted. The petition was sent to King George III explaining…

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Betsy Ross and the First American Flag

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross is best known for creating the first American flag depicting stars and stripes. During the American Revolutionary War, she may or…

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Jack the Ripper: Terror of Whitechapel

In the swirling, dark fog of factory smoke and London rain, a serial killer legend was born. Deep in the bowels of London’s east…

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History’s Badasses: Agustina of Aragon

Last week on History’s Badasses, we talked about Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the most successful female sniper in history, who racked up a record kill…

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History’s Nutcases: John Mytton

Last time on History’s Nutcases, we covered boy-emperor of Rome, Elagabalus, whose hot temper, sexual preferences, and ridiculous spending habits alienated his own personal guard…

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A History of Science Fiction (Part IV)

Last time on the History of Science Fiction, we covered the late 19th century and early 20th century science fiction works, and the effect…

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