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History’s Badasses: Oda Nobunaga

Last time, on History’s Badasses, we talked about the woman who founded the Red Cross: Clara Barton. This week, we’re turning our focus to feudal Japan,…

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The Controversial Founding Father Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine is perhaps best remembered for his influential pamphlets written at the start of the American Revolution, Common Sense (1776) especially. He was…

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Pyramid Tomb Unearthed in China Baffles Experts

ZHENGZHOU, HENAN PROVINCE, CHINA – Archaeologists working just west of the Yellow River discovered a mysterious find: a tomb that experts are calling the…

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A Brief Look at the Disastrous San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

On April 18, 1906, disaster struck Northern California at 5:12 a.m. when a huge earthquake hit. It was an estimated 7.8 on the moment…

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How the Baron von Steuben Fixed the Continental Army at Valley Forge

Born Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben, Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben was a military officer in the American Revolution from Prussia. Called…

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20 American History Questions Any Patriot Should be Able to Answer

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Will the Real Ramses II Statue Please Stand Up?

“Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite,”…

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What Was ‘The Enlightenment’?

We hear about it all the time. It was a pivotal point in European history, paving the way for centuries of history afterward, but…

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The Human Imprint on the Shifting Sahara Desert

In a quest to understand global climate change and how the human race plays a part in it, researchers and archaeologists are looking to…

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Flower Pot Turns Out to be Roman Sarcophagus

OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND – In a twist of events, an antiques expert visiting Blenheim Palace realized that one of the building’s flower pots was actually…

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