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GE finally initiates cleanup of polluted Hudson
River

GE finally initiates cleanup of polluted Hudson River

After decades of environmental damage and legal wrangling, General Electric finally...

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History Shorts: The First Valentine

History Shorts: The First Valentine

While Valentine's Day is shared by lovers sharing time together, one of the first...

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History Shorts: Medal of Honor

History Shorts: Medal of Honor

Mary Edwards Walker was the first woman to receive the Medal of Honor, but her fight...

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This Week in History: Houdini

This Week in History: Houdini

Harry Houdini is still known today as history's most famous magician, but there...

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History Shorts: Elena Kagan Rises to the Bench

History Shorts: Elena Kagan Rises to the Bench

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan previously served on the other side of the bench...

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9 Entrepreneurs Who Helped Build Tulsa's Black Wall
Street

9 Entrepreneurs Who Helped Build Tulsa's Black Wall Street

Before the Tulsa Race Massacre, the city’s African American district thrived as...

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History Shorts: The Moment Behind International Holocaust
Remembrance Day

History Shorts: The Moment Behind International Holocaust...

Of all the horrific days throughout the Holocaust, the day many choose to remember...

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How Mohawk ‘Skywalkers’ Helped Build New York City's Tallest
Buildings

How Mohawk ‘Skywalkers’ Helped Build New York City's Tallest...

Native American riveting gangs worked on the 'high steel' for iconic structures...

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9 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of Ancient History

9 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of Ancient History

Some mysteries we may never find the answer to, but some are begging to be solved....

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History Shorts: Turning Over the White House

History Shorts: Turning Over the White House

The White House is meant to reflect its occupant, and when a new president comes...

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History Shorts: The Power Grab Behind Gerrymandering

History Shorts: The Power Grab Behind Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is almost as old as the United States itself, named for a governor...

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History Shorts: The Record-Setting Filibuster to Deny Civil
Rights

History Shorts: The Record-Setting Filibuster to Deny Civil...

Filibustering is a long and strange tradition, and its record-setting moment came...

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History Shorts: The Story Behind Kwanzaa

History Shorts: The Story Behind Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa didn't just appear spontaneously—it was specifically designed to heal a...

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History Shorts: The Revolving Doors of Ellis Island

History Shorts: The Revolving Doors of Ellis Island

Ellis Island is known in history as a place that welcomed America's immigrants,...

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How Jim Crow-Era Laws Suppressed the African American Vote
for Generations

How Jim Crow-Era Laws Suppressed the African American Vote...

In the wake of the 15th Amendment and Reconstruction, several southern states enacted...

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What Role Did Airplanes Play in the Tulsa Race
Massacre?

What Role Did Airplanes Play in the Tulsa Race Massacre?

Few historians dispute that planes flew low over the city's prosperous Black district...

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How Bank Failures Contributed to the Great
Depression

How Bank Failures Contributed to the Great Depression

Were financial institutions victims—or culprits? On the surface, everything was...

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The US Funded Universal Childcare During World War II—Then
Stopped

The US Funded Universal Childcare During World War II—Then...

Federally-subsidized childcare centers took care of an estimated 550,000 to 600,000...

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The Chinese-Born Engineer Who Helped Launch US Commercial
Aviation

The Chinese-Born Engineer Who Helped Launch US Commercial...

Wong Tsu’s 10 months at Boeing in 1916-17 led to the fledgling airplane manufacturer's...

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History Shorts: Earth Day's Environmental Origins

History Shorts: Earth Day's Environmental Origins

Environmental issues have long faced our planet, but what did it finally take to...

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History Shorts: How Apollo 13 Found Its Way Home

History Shorts: How Apollo 13 Found Its Way Home

Stranded in space, the Apollo 13 astronauts managed to find their way back home...

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History Shorts: When an Undocumented Immigrant Became a War
Hero

History Shorts: When an Undocumented Immigrant Became a...

Marcelino Serna came to the U.S. as a undocumented immigrant, and within just a...

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History Shorts: Who Wrote the U.S. Constitution?

History Shorts: Who Wrote the U.S. Constitution?

The U.S. Constitution was a group effort of some of the country's greatest minds,...

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America 101: What is a Contested Election?

America 101: What is a Contested Election?

Learn more about the history of contested elections. Learn more about the history...

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America 101: What are the Nastiest Campaigns in
History?

America 101: What are the Nastiest Campaigns in History?

Find out the history behind the nastiest campaigns in history. Find out the history...

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History Shorts: Who Built the White House?

History Shorts: Who Built the White House?

The White House is one of the great patriotic symbols of America, but its construction...

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History Shorts: The First Hispanic Congressman Fights for
His Seat

History Shorts: The First Hispanic Congressman Fights for...

Representation matters, and Romauldo Pacheco proved that as the first Hispanic Congressman...

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History Shorts: Dolores Huerta Organizes a Movement

History Shorts: Dolores Huerta Organizes a Movement

While many know the name Cesar Chavez today, his most trusted lieutenant was just...

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History Shorts: Skipping a Presidential Debate

History Shorts: Skipping a Presidential Debate

Presidential debates are seen as a quadrennial tradition today, but history shows...

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History Shorts: Mail-In Voting for Honest Abe

History Shorts: Mail-In Voting for Honest Abe

Voting by mail is nothing new, and its origins lie in part in Abraham Lincoln's...

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History Shorts: Eleanor Roosevelt's Diplomatic Fight for
Human Rights

History Shorts: Eleanor Roosevelt's Diplomatic Fight for...

Eleanor Roosevelt became well-known as FDR's first lady, but her contributions towards...

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History Shorts: The Electoral College's Slaveholding
Origins

History Shorts: The Electoral College's Slaveholding Origins

Many find the Electoral College a frustrating system, and its history may force...

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History Shorts: Hanukkah's Celebration of Religious
Freedom

History Shorts: Hanukkah's Celebration of Religious Freedom

While Hanukkah is a religious holiday, its story is rooted in a violent conflict...

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History Shorts: Charles Norman Shay at D-Day

History Shorts: Charles Norman Shay at D-Day

Charles Norman Shay's heroics at D-Day are etched into history, and his perspective...

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History Shorts: A Lame Duck Crisis

History Shorts: A Lame Duck Crisis

When the lame duck period was much longer than it is today, two U.S. presidents...

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History Shorts: Isaac Newton's Genius in Quarantine (Forged
in Crisis)

History Shorts: Isaac Newton's Genius in Quarantine (Forged...

Isolated in his family home from the Black Plague, Isaac Newton devised some of...

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Teddy Roosevelt’s trip to San Francisco is captured on
film

Teddy Roosevelt’s trip to San Francisco is captured on...

On May 12, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt’s trip to San Francisco is captured...

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Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr

The religious festival Eid al-Fitr, or the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” is one...

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One of the Earliest US Car Companies Was Founded by a
Formerly Enslaved Man

One of the Earliest US Car Companies Was Founded by a Formerly...

C.R. Patterson & Sons, which started as a carriage building firm, produced luxury...

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When West Coast Cities Tried to Drive Out Their
Chinatowns

When West Coast Cities Tried to Drive Out Their Chinatowns

In the 1880s, mobs in Tacoma and Seattle forcibly expelled Chinese residents. In...

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The First Asian American Settlement Was Established by
Filipino Fishermen

The First Asian American Settlement Was Established by...

The fishing village in marshlands of present-day Louisiana was settled by the so-called...

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President Nixon meets with anti-war protesters at the
Lincoln Memorial

President Nixon meets with anti-war protesters at the Lincoln...

In the early hours of May 9, 1970, a frazzled President Richard Nixon embarks upon...

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General Lee’s army beats Grant’s Union troops to
Spotsylvania

General Lee’s army beats Grant’s Union troops to Spotsylvania

On May 8, 1864, Yankee troops arrive at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, to find...

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Car History Timeline: From 3-Wheeled Buggies to Self-Driving
Vehicles

Car History Timeline: From 3-Wheeled Buggies to Self-Driving...

Here are the milestones and innovations that drove the automotive revolution. Few...

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What Caused the Korean War and Why Did the US Get
Involved?

What Caused the Korean War and Why Did the US Get Involved?

The war, one of the earliest Cold War conflicts, was a civil war that became a proxy...

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History Shorts: Getting Back to Sports After a 1918 Pandemic
(Forged in Crisis)

History Shorts: Getting Back to Sports After a 1918 Pandemic...

Faced with the Spanish Flu pandemic, sports across America were forced to adapt,...

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History Shorts: How NYC Battled an Epidemic After WWI
(Forged in Crisis)

History Shorts: How NYC Battled an Epidemic After WWI (Forged...

After the Spanish Flu descended on New York City in 1918, its citizens did everything...

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History Shorts: The Doctor Who Stopped An American Epidemic
(Forged in Crisis)

History Shorts: The Doctor Who Stopped An American Epidemic...

Dr. Maurice Hilleman was already an expert in viruses and vaccines when a strange...

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History Shorts: The Night Before D-Day

History Shorts: The Night Before D-Day

Under the cover of darkness, the Allies pulled off an operation in the hours before...

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History Shorts: Why Pomp and Circumstance Plays at
Graduations

History Shorts: Why Pomp and Circumstance Plays at Graduations

Pomp and Circumstance was originally used in King Edward VII’s coronation. Four...

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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 debuts

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 debuts

On May 7, 1824, Ludwig van Beethoven’s ninth and final symphony debuts at Vienna’s...

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First Japanese immigrant arrives in the U.S.

First Japanese immigrant arrives in the U.S.

Called the U.S.'s first ambassador to Japan, a 14-year-old fisherman by the name...

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Shirley Chisholm: A Groundbreaking Legacy

Shirley Chisholm: A Groundbreaking Legacy

In 1968 Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress, and in...

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History Shorts: John Snow Solves A Pandemic Puzzle

History Shorts: John Snow Solves A Pandemic Puzzle

A cholera outbreak in 19th century London led to a critical advance in public health....

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History Shorts: How Artists Helped End the Great
Depression

History Shorts: How Artists Helped End the Great Depression

By giving support to an army of creative workers, the government was able to lift...

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History Shorts: Why We Pay Income Taxes

History Shorts: Why We Pay Income Taxes

Income tax is seen as a part of American life, but this wasn't always the case....

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10 Biggest Treasure Discoveries

10 Biggest Treasure Discoveries

From priceless unknown tombs to sunken treasure worth billions of dollars. Discover...

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World War II Battles: Timeline

World War II Battles: Timeline

With Adolf Hitler leading a German invasion of Poland in 1939, World War II was...

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History Shorts: MLK's Final Cause

History Shorts: MLK's Final Cause

In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. expanded his cause beyond Civil...

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History Shorts: The First Skyscraper

History Shorts: The First Skyscraper

Out of the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire came a new and better way to build. Out...

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History Shorts: Dorothea Lange Documents America in
Crisis

History Shorts: Dorothea Lange Documents America in Crisis

Dorothea Lange captured the reality of the Great Depression in the faces of those...

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History Shorts: Protecting Cultural Treasures from
War

History Shorts: Protecting Cultural Treasures from War

A young artist made a pact to protect priceless works of art and cultural treasures...

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Operation Barbarossa

Operation Barbarossa

On June 22, 1941, Germany launched its invasion of the Soviet Union during World...

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"One Hundred Years of Solitude" is published

"One Hundred Years of Solitude" is published

On May 5, 1967, Gabriel Garcia Márquez's Cien años de soledad, or One Hundred Years...

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Chinese gold miners are slaughtered in the Hells Canyon
Massacre

Chinese gold miners are slaughtered in the Hells Canyon...

The Hells Canyon Massacre begins on May 27, 1887, in Lewiston, Washington Territory,...

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History Shorts: The Mother's Advice that Led to Women's
Suffrage

History Shorts: The Mother's Advice that Led to Women's...

Sometimes, it really does come down to one vote (and the voter's mother) to change...

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History Shorts: How the Atomic Bomb Was Used in WWII

History Shorts: How the Atomic Bomb Was Used in WWII

The United States' decision to use the atomic bomb was made after great debate,...

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Sojourner Truth delivers "Ain’t I a Woman?" speech

Sojourner Truth delivers "Ain’t I a Woman?" speech

At the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention, on May 29, 1851, the formerly enslaved Sojourner...

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History Shorts: The Gulf War on TV

History Shorts: The Gulf War on TV

The Gulf War changed how battles were fought, and how they were seen at home. The...

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History Shorts: FDR Takes the Democratic Convention by
Storm

History Shorts: FDR Takes the Democratic Convention by...

FDR's nomination as president in 1932 was far from a sure thing, the result of political...

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History Shorts: A Trailblazing Soldier Helps Build A
National Park

History Shorts: A Trailblazing Soldier Helps Build A National...

Colonel Charles Young overcame racism to rise through the ranks and create his legacy...

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Hells Canyon Massacre

Hells Canyon Massacre

In late-May 1887, around 30 Chinese laborers were mining gold in an isolated part...

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WWI's Battle of Messines: How Allies Used Massive Explosives
and Tunneling to Win

WWI's Battle of Messines: How Allies Used Massive Explosives...

The July 1917 Allied attack involved meticulous planning, tunneling and devastating...

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The Asian American Women Who Fought to Make Their Mark in
WWII

The Asian American Women Who Fought to Make Their Mark...

They worked as pilots, translators, guerrilla fighters and more. Asian American...

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A lawmaker introduces the pun "May the Fourth be with you"
on the floor of U.K. Parliament

A lawmaker introduces the pun "May the Fourth be with you"...

On May 4, 1994, in a groan-inducing moment on the floor of U.K. Parliament, a lawmaker...

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Willie Mays breaks National League home run record

Willie Mays breaks National League home run record

On May 4, 1966, San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays hits his 512th career...

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Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain’s first female prime
minister

Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain’s first female prime...

Margaret Thatcher, leader of the Conservative Party, becomes Britain’s first female...

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Hitler Survives WWI

Hitler Survives WWI

Learn about Hitler's survival during WWI. Learn about Hitler's survival during WWI....

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Pancho Villa & The Mexican Revolution

Pancho Villa & The Mexican Revolution

Learn more about the history of Pancho Villa & The Mexican Revolution. Learn more...

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10 Things You Don't Know About: Prohibition

10 Things You Don't Know About: Prohibition

Here are ten things you didn't know about prohibition. Here are ten things you didn't...

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Airborne on D-Day

Airborne on D-Day

Learn more about the history of D-Day. Learn more about the history of D-Day.

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History Shorts: Roosevelt and Taft Battle at the RNC

History Shorts: Roosevelt and Taft Battle at the RNC

Two former friends became fierce rivals, and it all played out on one of the biggest...

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Supreme Court rules in Hernandez v. Texas, broadening civil
rights laws

Supreme Court rules in Hernandez v. Texas, broadening civil...

The Supreme Court issues a momentous ruling that clarified the way that the American...

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Why Stalin Tried to Stamp Out Religion in the Soviet
Union

Why Stalin Tried to Stamp Out Religion in the Soviet Union

Despite closing churches and synagogues, killing thousands of priests and imprisoning...

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8 Facts About Osama bin Laden's Final Hideout

8 Facts About Osama bin Laden's Final Hideout

Before the 9/11 mastermind was killed in a SEAL Team raid in his Abbottabad, Pakistan...

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6 World War II Innovations That Changed Everyday
Life

6 World War II Innovations That Changed Everyday Life

Radar, computers, penicillin and more all came out of development during the Second...

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The Mysterious History of Cattle Mutilation

The Mysterious History of Cattle Mutilation

Unexplained livestock mutilations have been reported for centuries. Explanations...

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The Bin Laden Raid: Inside the Situation Room Photo

The Bin Laden Raid: Inside the Situation Room Photo

The image captures a defining historic moment, as Barack Obama and his top advisers...

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How World War I Fueled the Russian Revolution

How World War I Fueled the Russian Revolution

Czar Nicholas' ineffective leadership and weak infrastructure during the war led...

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6 People Who Made Big Money During the Great
Depression

6 People Who Made Big Money During the Great Depression

Even amid America’s worst economic downturn, a select few accumulated vast fortunes....

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When 20,000 Asian Americans Demanded Garment Workers'
Rights—And Won

When 20,000 Asian Americans Demanded Garment Workers' Rights—And...

The 1982 strike led by immigrant women earned better working conditions and benefits...

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Top 8 WORST Decisions in History

Top 8 WORST Decisions in History

Everyone makes mistakes, but the people on this list made epic blunders that will...

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8 Ancient Empires You’ve Never Heard Of

8 Ancient Empires You’ve Never Heard Of

Grab your fedora and bullwhip as we unearth 8 amazing yet obscure ancient empires,...

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13 Bizarre Superstitions

13 Bizarre Superstitions

You know to avoid black cats and breaking mirrors, but did you know not to cut your...

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9 Civil Rights Leaders You Need to Know

9 Civil Rights Leaders You Need to Know

Throughout American history, many have had to fight to advance the ideals of liberty...

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7 Things You Didn't Know About Valentine's Day

7 Things You Didn't Know About Valentine's Day

From the origins of the box of chocolates, to the evolution of Cupid, discover 7...

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Deadliest Serial Killers of All Time

Deadliest Serial Killers of All Time

Uncover the true and horrific stories of 11 of the deadliest serial killers of all...

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Top 10 Kitchen Inventions That Changed Food Forever

Top 10 Kitchen Inventions That Changed Food Forever

From fire to the air fryer, humans have a remarkable history of innovating in the...

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8 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Invented in America

8 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Invented in America

From spaghetti and meatballs to General Tso's chicken, many dishes Americans associate...

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10 Badass Warrior Women in History

10 Badass Warrior Women in History

From Tomoe Gozen to Jeanne Hachette, these 10 badass warrior women have slashed...

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6 Famous Women Who Were Secretly Spies

6 Famous Women Who Were Secretly Spies

These 6 women were true triple threats: performers, celebrities - and spies! From...

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How to Cook Pizza on a Shield Like a 600 BC Persian
Soldier

How to Cook Pizza on a Shield Like a 600 BC Persian Soldier

Pizza has been around for so long it’s impossible to pinpoint the exact origins....

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Sohla Makes Samurai Mochi

Sohla Makes Samurai Mochi

Mochi has been a staple Japanese food for thousands of years - and was once the...

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Kansas-Nebraska Act

Kansas-Nebraska Act

In 1854, Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois proposed a bill to organize the Territory...

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Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas describes the period of repeated outbreaks of violent guerrilla...

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8 Incredible Roman Technologies

8 Incredible Roman Technologies

All roads lead to Rome - and so do these tech trees! From the newspaper to the vending...

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World War I Battles: Timeline

World War I Battles: Timeline

For four years, from 1914 to 1918, World War I raged across Europe's western and...

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The Rock Springs Massacre

The Rock Springs Massacre

What began as a labor dispute between white and Chinese coal miners on September...

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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

Founding Father Samuel Adams was a thorn in the side of the British in the years...

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Supreme Court declares desegregation busing
constitutional

Supreme Court declares desegregation busing constitutional

On April 20, 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declares busing for the purposes...

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“Sip-In” takes place at Julius' Bar in New York City

“Sip-In” takes place at Julius' Bar in New York City

On the afternoon of April 21, 1966, a bar crawl in New York’s West Village leads...

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Sohla Cooks a 1,000-Year-Old Hangover Cure | Ancient Recipes
with Sohla

Sohla Cooks a 1,000-Year-Old Hangover Cure | Ancient Recipes...

Sohla travels back to the Islamic Golden Age of 10th century Baghdad and recreates...

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7 Insane Military Gambles That Changed the World

7 Insane Military Gambles That Changed the World

From the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE to Operation Mincemeat in WWII, discover...

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Sohla Makes an Ancient Chinese Hamburger (Rou Jia Mo from
200 BCE!) | Ancient Recipes with Sohla

Sohla Makes an Ancient Chinese Hamburger (Rou Jia Mo from...

"Ancient Recipes with Sohla will be back with more episodes this summer! Check out...

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McCulloch v. Maryland

McCulloch v. Maryland

In McCulloch v. Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution gave Congress...

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Homestead Strike

Homestead Strike

In July 1892, a dispute between Carnegie Steel and the Amalgamated Association of...

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins

American astronaut Michael Collins was part of the historic 1969 Apollo 11 mission,...

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10 LOST WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

10 LOST WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

Discover these 10 incredible structures that were constructed by ancient civilizations...

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The U.S. officially begins construction on the Panama
Canal

The U.S. officially begins construction on the Panama Canal

A ceremony on May 4, 1905 marks the official beginning of the second attempt to...

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A British lawmaker, referencing "Star Wars," delivers first
recorded instance of the pun “May the Fourth be with you”

A British lawmaker, referencing "Star Wars," delivers first...

On May 4, 1994, a groan-inducing moment on the floor of U.K. Parliament includes...

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The first Freedom Ride departs from Washington, D.C.

The first Freedom Ride departs from Washington, D.C.

On May 4, 1961, a group of thirteen young people departs Washington, D.C.’s Greyhound...

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Labor organizer and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez
begins hunger strike

Labor organizer and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez...

On May 1, 1972, Mexican-American labor organizer and civil rights activist Cesar...

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How Gerrymandering Began in the US

How Gerrymandering Began in the US

Long before it got its name, Gerrymandering was already happening in the United...

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Voting Rights Milestones in America: A Timeline

Voting Rights Milestones in America: A Timeline

See a timeline of milestones in American voting rights history. Since America’s...

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Presidential Succession: How the 'Designated Survivor' Fits
In

Presidential Succession: How the 'Designated Survivor'...

It's a protocol in which little-known cabinet secretaries suddenly find themselves...

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The Storied History of SEAL Team Six, the Secret Unit That
Killed Bin Laden

The Storied History of SEAL Team Six, the Secret Unit That...

SEAL Team Six's security and counterterrorism missions have ranged from Grenada...

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Why Did US Forces Bury Osama Bin Laden’s Body at
Sea?

Why Did US Forces Bury Osama Bin Laden’s Body at Sea?

Political, religious and practical factors all played a role. On May 2, 2011, the...

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How America's Aviation Industry Got Its Start Transporting
Mail

How America's Aviation Industry Got Its Start Transporting...

Before carrying passengers, America’s most iconic airlines hauled the mail. It was...

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8 Events that Led to World War I

8 Events that Led to World War I

Imperialism, nationalistic pride and mutual alliances all played a part in building...

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How the Erie Canal Was Built With Raw Labor and Amateur
Engineering

How the Erie Canal Was Built With Raw Labor and Amateur...

The 360-mile canal connecting the Hudson River to the Great Lakes was built in eight...

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9 New Deal Infrastructure Projects That Changed
America

9 New Deal Infrastructure Projects That Changed America

The Hoover Dam, LaGuardia Airport and the Bay Bridge were all part of FDR's New...

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9 Unexpected Things Navy SEALs Discovered in Osama bin
Laden’s Compound

9 Unexpected Things Navy SEALs Discovered in Osama bin...

From al Qaeda emails to Disney films to pornography, the terrorist leader had a...

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Prince Philip, Outsider Who Became England’s Longest-Serving
Royal Consort, Dies at 99

Prince Philip, Outsider Who Became England’s Longest-Serving...

Although his roots were as royal as they come, Philip was considered a controversial...

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Prince Philip: From Controversial Consort to Royal
Stalwart

Prince Philip: From Controversial Consort to Royal Stalwart

The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was originally a somewhat...

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The First ‘Vaccine Passports’ Were Scars from Smallpox
Vaccinations

The First ‘Vaccine Passports’ Were Scars from Smallpox...

When smallpox ravaged the United States at the turn of the 20th century, many public...

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Did William Henry Harrison Really Die From
Pneumonia?

Did William Henry Harrison Really Die From Pneumonia?

Research suggests the ninth U.S. president may not have caught a deadly case of...

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8 Groundbreaking Contributions of Asian Americans Through
History

8 Groundbreaking Contributions of Asian Americans Through...

From disease cures to influential tech to workers' rights, Asian American contributions...

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Who Invented Chicken Nuggets?

Who Invented Chicken Nuggets?

Before McDonald's pioneered McNuggets for fast food consumption, a Cornell University...

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How the Seven Deadly Sins Began as 'Eight Evil
Thoughts'

How the Seven Deadly Sins Began as 'Eight Evil Thoughts'

The idea of listing the vices began in the fourth century. In the fourth century,...

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Why the Roaring Twenties Left Many Americans Poorer

Why the Roaring Twenties Left Many Americans Poorer

For some, the Great Depression began in the 1920s. In August 1929, Ladies Home Journal...

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Asian American Milestones: Timeline

Asian American Milestones: Timeline

Asian immigrants have come to American shores since the mid-1800s, playing a significant...

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Two Tuskegee Airmen Die on Same Day in Los Angeles

Two Tuskegee Airmen Die on Same Day in Los Angeles

Two members of the famed World War II African-American flying squadron passed away...

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A Vietnamese-American Chef Shares How Food Connects Her to
Family History

A Vietnamese-American Chef Shares How Food Connects Her...

In 1975, the Nguyen family left Vietnam for America. As Andrea Nguyen recalls, her...

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Before the Chinese Exclusion Act, This Anti-Immigrant Law
Targeted Asian Women

Before the Chinese Exclusion Act, This Anti-Immigrant Law...

The 1875 Page Act was one of the earliest pieces of federal legislation to restrict...

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The 16-Year-Old Chinese Immigrant Who Helped Lead a 1912 US
Suffrage March

The 16-Year-Old Chinese Immigrant Who Helped Lead a 1912...

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee fought for the rights of women on two sides of the world. In...

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Flashback: How Japanese Americans Were Forced Into
Concentration Camps During WWII

Flashback: How Japanese Americans Were Forced Into Concentration...

The internment of Japanese Americans began after President Roosevelt signed Executive...

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Japanese-American Relocation

Japanese-American Relocation

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Government issued executive...

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8 Facts About the Celts

8 Facts About the Celts

The ancient Celts were a widespread group of tribes whose rich culture has been...

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Josephine Baker's Daring Double Life as a World War II
Spy

Josephine Baker's Daring Double Life as a World War II...

Using fame as a cover, the glamorous entertainer spied for the French Resistance...

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Golda Meir elected as Israel's first female prime
minster

Golda Meir elected as Israel's first female prime minster

On March 17, 1969, 70-year-old Golda Meir makes history when she is elected as Israel’s...

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Ahmaud Arbery is murdered while out jogging

Ahmaud Arbery is murdered while out jogging

Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, is shot dead by a white father and son while...

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Panama Canal Tugboats

Panama Canal Tugboats

Tugboats guide ships many times their size in and out of the Panama Canal.

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President Trump addresses the nation on COVID-19; announces
travel ban

President Trump addresses the nation on COVID-19; announces...

In a primetime Oval Office address, President Donald Trump announces a 30-day travel...

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Broadway goes dark due to COVID-19 pandemic

Broadway goes dark due to COVID-19 pandemic

On March 12, 2020, after New York state and city leaders placed coronavirus-related...

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Kim Ng named first female MLB general manager

Kim Ng named first female MLB general manager

On November 13, 2020, veteran front-office official Kim Ng breaks several glass...

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Chanel No. 5 perfume launches

Chanel No. 5 perfume launches

On May 5, 1921, a date of symbolic importance to its iconic creator, the perfume...

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Texas passes a bill becoming the first state in the nation
to make Juneteenth an official state holiday

Texas passes a bill becoming the first state in the nation...

A celebration that has persisted for over a century receives its first official...

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Ruby Bridges desegregates her school

Ruby Bridges desegregates her school

On November 14, 1960, a court order mandating the desegregation of schools comes...

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Velvet Revolution begins in Czechoslovakia

Velvet Revolution begins in Czechoslovakia

On November 17, 1989, nine days after the fall of the Berlin Wall roughly 200 miles...

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Breonna Taylor is killed by police in botched raid

Breonna Taylor is killed by police in botched raid

Shortly after midnight on March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency...

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Bear Stearns collapses, sold to J.P. Morgan Chase

Bear Stearns collapses, sold to J.P. Morgan Chase

On March 16, 2008, Bear Stearns, the 85-year-old investment bank, narrowly avoids...

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Christchurch, New Zealand mosque attacks

Christchurch, New Zealand mosque attacks

On the afternoon of March 15, 2019, a gunman attacked two different mosques in Christchurch,...

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How World War I's Legacy Eclipsed the 1918 Pandemic

How World War I's Legacy Eclipsed the 1918 Pandemic

Both World War I and the 1918 influenza pandemic were devastating events in history....

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7 Key Facts About British Royal History

7 Key Facts About British Royal History

Over its thousand-year reign, the British monarchy has operated within a large set...

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How World War I Helped Women Ditch the Corset

How World War I Helped Women Ditch the Corset

A combination of cultural shifts and metal rationing spelled the demise of the stiff...

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How Suffragists Pioneered Aggressive New Tactics to Push for
the Vote

How Suffragists Pioneered Aggressive New Tactics to Push...

Women infused their protests with creativity, PR savvy and in-your-face urgency....

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How Big-Spending Royals Tested English Support for the Crown
in the 17th Century

How Big-Spending Royals Tested English Support for the...

James I, Charles I and Charles II of the Stuart dynasty were known for their lavish...

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8 Groundbreaking Inventions from the Second Industrial
Revolution

8 Groundbreaking Inventions from the Second Industrial...

The period between the late 1800s and the early 1900s saw a boom in innovations...

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How the Mirabal Sisters Helped Topple a Dictator

How the Mirabal Sisters Helped Topple a Dictator

The assassination of “las Mariposas” (“the Butterflies”) fueled public outrage against...

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11 Bold Women Who Changed the World

11 Bold Women Who Changed the World

From the female Paul Revere and a Hollywood starlet-turned-inventor to a political...

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Fukushima Timeline: How an Earthquake Triggered Japan’s 2011
Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima Timeline: How an Earthquake Triggered Japan’s...

An earthquake, a tsunami...and then a devastating power plant failure. The 2011...

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7 Critical Civil War Battles

7 Critical Civil War Battles

These seven battles were among the most pivotal in America's bloodiest conflict....

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How the Ali-Frazier 'Fight of the Century' Became a Proxy
Battle for a Divided Nation

How the Ali-Frazier 'Fight of the Century' Became a Proxy...

The March 8, 1971 fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier unfolded against the...

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Why Suffragists Helped Send Women Doctors to WWI's Front
Lines

Why Suffragists Helped Send Women Doctors to WWI's Front...

Doctors of the Women's Oversea Hospitals Unit operated under bomb and gas attacks....

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The Female World War II Codebreaker Who Busted Nazi Spy
Rings

The Female World War II Codebreaker Who Busted Nazi Spy...

Elizebeth Friedman’s codebreaking helped save the Queen Mary and capture a Nazi...

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Valhalla: How Viking Belief in a Glorious Afterlife
Empowered Warriors

Valhalla: How Viking Belief in a Glorious Afterlife Empowered...

Female valkyrie would greet fallen Viking warriors and lead the boldest to a glorious...

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The Last Confederate General to Surrender Was Native
American

The Last Confederate General to Surrender Was Native American

Stand Watie, a contentious Cherokee leader who signed away his ancestral lands,...

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Why the 19th Amendment Did Not Guarantee All Women the Right
to Vote

Why the 19th Amendment Did Not Guarantee All Women the...

Despite the adoption of the 19th Amendment, many women of color, immigrant women...

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How Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’ Confronted an Ugly Era
of Lynchings

How Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’ Confronted an Ugly...

During a time when violence against Black Americans was devastatingly common, Holiday's...

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9 Groundbreaking Inventions by Women

9 Groundbreaking Inventions by Women

Women inventors are behind a wide range of key innovations, from Kevlar to dishwashers...

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Women in WWII Took on These Dangerous Military Jobs

Women in WWII Took on These Dangerous Military Jobs

Looking beyond traditional nursing or clerical roles, some women served as snipers,...

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Who Invented the TV Dinner?

Who Invented the TV Dinner?

It came. It thawed. It conquered. Along the way, the frozen meal in a box had multiple...

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How the Aztec Empire Was Forged Through a Triple
Alliance

How the Aztec Empire Was Forged Through a Triple Alliance

Three city-states joined in a fragile, but strategic alliance to wield tremendous...

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How Barbara Jordan's 1974 Speech Marked a Turning Point in
the Watergate Scandal

How Barbara Jordan's 1974 Speech Marked a Turning Point...

Representative Jordan's primetime remarks on the Constitution riveted the nation...

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Why Labor Unions Declined in the 1920s

Why Labor Unions Declined in the 1920s

Stripped of wartime protections and branded as anti-American, labor unions languished...

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How the Perfect Lawn Became a Symbol of the American
Dream

How the Perfect Lawn Became a Symbol of the American Dream

And of course, all that grass inspired innovations in mowing. With the rise of suburbia...

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Who Is Cupid?

Who Is Cupid?

And how did he become the unofficial mascot of Valentine's Day? The mention of Cupid...

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The Surprising Origins of the Fortune Cookie

The Surprising Origins of the Fortune Cookie

They didn't come from China. Where did fortune cookies come from—and how did they...

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Why Frederick Douglass Wanted Black Men to Fight in the
Civil War

Why Frederick Douglass Wanted Black Men to Fight in the...

He believed that, as soldiers, Black men could gain self-respect, self-defense skills...

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Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez

The Mexican-American labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez dedicated...

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“The Birth of A Nation” opens, glorifying the KKK

“The Birth of A Nation” opens, glorifying the KKK

On February 8, 1915, D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, a landmark film in the...

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Three protestors die in the Orangeburg Massacre

Three protestors die in the Orangeburg Massacre

On the night of February 8, 1968, police officers in Orangeburg, South Carolina...

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First confirmed case of COVID-19 found in U.S.

First confirmed case of COVID-19 found in U.S.

Following a rapid spread from its origin in Wuhan, China, the first U.S. case of...

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Shirley Chisholm visits her opponent George Wallace in the
hospital

Shirley Chisholm visits her opponent George Wallace in...

Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress,...

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Fukushima nuclear disaster

Fukushima nuclear disaster

On March 11, 2011, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan causes massive...

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Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis dies

Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis dies

On July 17, 2020, in the midst of a pandemic and a time of unparalleled racial tensions...

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Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's protest strategies of nonviolence and civil disobedience,...

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates" opens in New York's
Central Park

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates" opens in New York's...

On February 12, 2005, 7,503 orange curtains unfurl across New York City’s Central...

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Black History: Timeline of the Post-Civil Rights Era

Black History: Timeline of the Post-Civil Rights Era

From the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the 2008 election of...

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World Health Organization officially names novel coronavirus
disease COVID-19

World Health Organization officially names novel coronavirus...

A few months after the first known case was detected in Wuhan, China, and approximately...

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Niagara Movement

Niagara Movement

In 1905, a group of prominent Black intellectuals led by W.E.B. Du Bois met in Erie,...

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Full U.S.-Cuba embargo is announced

Full U.S.-Cuba embargo is announced

On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy issues an executive order broadening...

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Southern Pacific Railroad completes New Orleans to
California route

Southern Pacific Railroad completes New Orleans to California...

The Southern Pacific Railroad completes its transcontinental “Sunset Route” from...

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Punic Wars, between Rome and Carthage, come to an
end

Punic Wars, between Rome and Carthage, come to an end

On February 5, 146 BCE, the Roman Republic finally triumphed over its nemesis, Carthage,...

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Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at UN, justifies US
invasion of Iraq

Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at UN, justifies...

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell gives a speech to the United Nations that is...

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How Many US Presidents Have Faced Censure?

How Many US Presidents Have Faced Censure?

More than a dozen sitting presidents have faced Congressional censure, but the official...

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5 Iconic Mashup Inventions That Have Stood the Test of
Time

5 Iconic Mashup Inventions That Have Stood the Test of...

It wasn't until the 20th century that inventors looked past single-use products....

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How Gilded Age Corruption Led to the Progressive Era

How Gilded Age Corruption Led to the Progressive Era

As the rich grew richer during the Gilded Age, the poor grew poorer, spurring the...

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15 of America's Most Historic Restaurants

15 of America's Most Historic Restaurants

This selection of enduring eateries reflects our country's mosaic of cultures. How...

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Who Invented the Potato Chip?

Who Invented the Potato Chip?

It's complicated. The credit for America’s greatest inventions is often a matter...

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Reconstruction: A Timeline of the Post-Civil War Era

Reconstruction: A Timeline of the Post-Civil War Era

For a 14-year period following the Civil War, the U.S. government took steps to...

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America’s First Black Regiment Earned Their Freedom by
Fighting Against the British

America’s First Black Regiment Earned Their Freedom by...

The Slave Enlistment Act of 1778 stipulated that any enslaved person accepted to...

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Black Women Who Have Run for President

Black Women Who Have Run for President

Since 1968, these 11 Black women have entered the running for the highest office...

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8 Boundary-Breaking Black TV Shows

8 Boundary-Breaking Black TV Shows

These shows helped broaden the range of African American experiences portrayed on...

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The 1969 Raid That Killed Black Panther Leader Fred
Hampton

The 1969 Raid That Killed Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton

Some details around the 1969 police shooting of Hampton and other Black Panther...

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How Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition Championed
Diversity

How Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition Championed Diversity

In his 1984 presidential run, Jackson sought to unite a multiracial, multicultural...

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The Atlantic Slave Trade Continued Illegally in America
Until the Civil War

The Atlantic Slave Trade Continued Illegally in America...

The United States transatlantic slave trade wasn’t supposed to last all the way...

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8 Steps That Paved the Way to the Civil Rights Act of
1964

8 Steps That Paved the Way to the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was landmark legislation that required decades of actions—and...

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Why Ice Cream Soared in Popularity During
Prohibition

Why Ice Cream Soared in Popularity During Prohibition

No beer? No problem. Better refrigeration, together with innovations in making and...

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How the Tulsa Race Massacre Was Covered Up

How the Tulsa Race Massacre Was Covered Up

A search for mass graves of the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre highlights...

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The Conflicted Legacy of the First Vice President of
Color

The Conflicted Legacy of the First Vice President of Color

Vice President Charles Curtis, a member of the Kaw Nation who served under Herbert...

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How the US Civil War Influenced Music

How the US Civil War Influenced Music

For soldiers on both sides, music was a vital source of inspiration and comfort....

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Chocolate’s Sweet History: From Elite Treat to Food for the
Masses

Chocolate’s Sweet History: From Elite Treat to Food for...

Originally consumed as a bitter drink, it was prized as both an aphrodisiac and...

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How Cesar Chavez Joined Larry Itliong to Demand Farm
Workers' Rights

How Cesar Chavez Joined Larry Itliong to Demand Farm Workers'...

Itliong may not be as well-known a name as Chavez, but his role among Filipino-American...

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Shirley Chisholm: Facts About Her Trailblazing
Career

Shirley Chisholm: Facts About Her Trailblazing Career

She may be best known for her 1972 run for president, but Shirley Chisholm broke...

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How Tuskegee Airmen Fought Military Segregation With
Nonviolent Action

How Tuskegee Airmen Fought Military Segregation With Nonviolent...

Their coordinated efforts to integrate a white officers' club set an example that...

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The US National Guard's 400-Year History

The US National Guard's 400-Year History

The reserve force of men and women traces its roots to Colonial America. Founded...

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Same-sex marriage is made legal nationwide with Obergefell
v. Hodges decision

Same-sex marriage is made legal nationwide with Obergefell...

June 26, 2015 marks a major milestone for civil rights in the United States, as...

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What Happened to Amelia Earhart?

What Happened to Amelia Earhart?

The trailblazing aviator’s disappearance remains a source of fascination—and controversy....

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Members of the Niagara Movement meet for the first
time

Members of the Niagara Movement meet for the first time

Niagara Movement members begin meeting on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls....

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The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter first appears, sparking a
movement

The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter first appears, sparking a...

Outraged and saddened after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who...

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Sandra Bland dies in jail after traffic stop
confrontation

Sandra Bland dies in jail after traffic stop confrontation

On July 10, 2015, Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia pulls over a 28-year-old Black...

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Eric Garner dies in NYPD chokehold

Eric Garner dies in NYPD chokehold

On July 17, 2014, two New York Police Department officers confront Eric Garner,...

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into
law

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities...

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President Truman ends discrimination in the military

President Truman ends discrimination in the military

President Harry S. Truman signs Executive Order 9981—ending discrimination in the...

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Operation Tidal Wave: U.S. forces attempt risky air raid on
Axis oil refineries

Operation Tidal Wave: U.S. forces attempt risky air raid...

On August 1, 1943, 177 B-24 bombers take off from an Allied base in Libya, bound...

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Dayton, Ohio shooting becomes second mass shooting in
24-hour period

Dayton, Ohio shooting becomes second mass shooting in 24-hour...

A mass shooting takes place early in the morning in Dayton, Ohio on August 4, 2019....

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5-day long Russo-Georgian War begins

5-day long Russo-Georgian War begins

On August 8, 2008, a long-simmering conflict between Russia and Georgia boiled over...

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Michael Brown is killed by a police officer in Ferguson,
Missouri

Michael Brown is killed by a police officer in Ferguson,...

On August 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shoots and kills Michael Brown,...

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is
founded

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is founded

On August 21, 1980, animal rights advocates Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco found...

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Thousands of Mexican-American antiwar activists march in
Chicano Moratorium

Thousands of Mexican-American antiwar activists march in...

On August 29, 1970, more than 20,000 Mexican-Americans march through East Los Angeles...

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Off-duty police officer mistakenly enters neighbor's
apartment and shoots its owner to death

Off-duty police officer mistakenly enters neighbor's apartment...

On September 6, 2018 an off-duty Dallas police officer fatally shoots an unarmed...

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the...

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Hispanic History Milestones: Timeline

Hispanic History Milestones: Timeline

The American Hispanic/Latinx history is a rich, diverse and long one, with immigrants,...

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Proposition 187 is approved in California

Proposition 187 is approved in California

On November 8, 1994, 59 percent of California voters approve Proposition 187, banning...

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Navajo Code Talkers: Zonnie Gorman

Navajo Code Talkers: Zonnie Gorman

Historian Zonnie Gorman, whose father was one of the original Navajo Code Talker,...

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Navajo Code Talkers: Samuel F. Sandoval

Navajo Code Talkers: Samuel F. Sandoval

Samuel F. Sandoval, one of the four surviving Navajo Code Talkers, discusses his...

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Jill Biden

Jill Biden

Dr. Jill Biden is a longtime educator, the wife of the 46th U.S. president-elect...

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Gloria Steinem publishes part one of "A Bunny's Tale" in
SHOW magazine

Gloria Steinem publishes part one of "A Bunny's Tale" in...

After enduring a brief but grueling stint as a Bunny in Manhattan's Playboy Club,...

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"Paris is Burning" premieres in theaters

"Paris is Burning" premieres in theaters

After more than five years of fundraising, shooting, and editing, the documentary...

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"House of Cards," Netflix's first original series, starts
streaming

"House of Cards," Netflix's first original series, starts...

By 2013, Netflix had already fundamentally changed the way Americans consumed movies...

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First episode of "60 Minutes" airs

First episode of "60 Minutes" airs

On September 24, 1968, CBS airs the first episode of 60 Minutes, a show that would...

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First issue of "Vogue" is published

First issue of "Vogue" is published

On December 17, 1892, Arthur Baldwin Turnure first publishes a new magazine, dedicated...

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Basketball star Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Basketball star Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

On January 26, 2020, a helicopter carrying former pro basketball player Kobe Bryant,...

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Groundbreaking novel "Don Quixote" is published

Groundbreaking novel "Don Quixote" is published

On January 16, 1605, Miguel de Cervantes' El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la...

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2020: The Year in Events

2020: The Year in Events

2020 was a tumultuous year that saw the onset of a deadly pandemic, widespread protests...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is jailed; writes "Letter from a
Birmingham Jail"

Martin Luther King, Jr. is jailed; writes "Letter from...

On April 3, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his Southern Christian Leadership...