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Elisha Gray and the Telephone Controversy with Alexander Graham Bell

American electrical engineer Elisha Gray was one of the co-founders of the Western Electric Manufacturing Company and also developed the telephone prototype in 1876.…

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The Eldest Russian Grand Duchess, Olga Nikolaevna Romanova

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia was the Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia’s oldest child, born in 1895 and murdered alongside…

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Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the Assassination that Caused a War

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Car Ludwig Joseph Maria was the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne from 1896 until his assassination in 1914 in Sarajevo.…

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Napoleon’s first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais

Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais was Napoleon’s first wife and the first Empress of the French. During the Reign of Terror, Joséphine’s first husband had…

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The Fateful Burr-Hamilton Duel of 1804

On July 11, 1804, former secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton met Vice President Aaron Burr at Weehawken, New Jersey for one fateful duel.…

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Researchers May Have Found Where Amelia Earhart Died

It’s been a mystery that has confounded history enthusiasts for years. What happened to Amelia Earhart? This month, on the 80th anniversary of her…

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Nancy Wake, the Gestapo’s Most Wanted During World War II

During World War II, Australian Nancy Grace Augusta Wake was a Special Operations Executive for the British and was one of the most decorated…

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History’s Badasses: The White Death

“I only did my duty, and what I was told to do was: to do as well as I could.” – Simo Häyhä Last time…

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The First Female Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Edith Wharton

American novelist Edith Wharton was the first female to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Innocence in 1921. In 1927,…

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5 Accidental Inventions That Changed the World

Sometimes, people set out with an idea in their heads to invent something useful. Other times, they create something completely by accident that ends…

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