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From the Age of Enlightenment to the Christmas Truce, learn about some of history's most pivotal events.
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Crusades

Crusades, a series of military campaigns that the Christian countries of Europe waged to conquer the Holy Land from the Muslims.

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    10 Big Cases of Revenge

    The concept of revenge predates legal history, and one could even say that it's simply part of who we are as humans. But sometimes the need for vengeance can kick into overdrive – as it did in these 10 infamous acts of revenge. See more »

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    10 History-making Moments of 2008

    If you haven't been keeping news clippings for your 2008 scrapbook, you might've forgotten what happened earlier this year. That's where HowStuffWorks comes in. Here are 10 headlines from 2008 that'll go down in history. See more »

  • 10 Most Long-lived Empires in History

    10 Most Long-lived Empires in History

    Empires rise and empires fall -- it's a seemingly unavoidable fact of life on Earth. But these superpowers reigned longer than any others. What can we learn from their missteps and achievements? See more »

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    10 of History's Happiest Accidents

    Accidents happen, they say, but some actually make the world a better place. Where would we be without the accidental discoveries of beer, penicillin or Popsicles? See more »

  • 10 of the Bloodiest Battles of World War II

    10 of the Bloodiest Battles of World War II

    The war that began with German dictator Adolf Hitler's rise to power left much blood in its wake. Learn about some of the worst battles of the war that led to nearly 50 million combatant and civilian deaths. See more »

  • 10 of the Worst Decisions Ever Made

    10 of the Worst Decisions Ever Made

    Everyone makes mistakes, but some lapses in judgment are spectacularly bad. What are some of history's most epic miscalculations? See more »

  • 10 Real Events That Sound Just Like Horror Movies

    10 Real Events That Sound Just Like Horror Movies

    No need to buy a movie ticket for thrills and chills. The real world is full of creepy happenings to keep you awake at night. See more »

  • 10 Things That Went Missing Without a Trace

    10 Things That Went Missing Without a Trace

    What do Solomon Northup, George Washington's false teeth and the crew of Flight 19 have in common? They all vanished inexplicably. See more »

  • 10 Weirdest Headlines of 2011

    10 Weirdest Headlines of 2011

    With all the big headlines in 2011 you might've missed some gems, from "Cat Rescues Shelter" to "Planet-sized Diamond Detected." Here are our favorites. See more »

  • 10 Weirdest News Stories of 2013

    10 Weirdest News Stories of 2013

    The year 2013 was a veritable bonanza of strange news. From birds 'telling' politicians to run for president to alligators trying to board planes, we have 10 particularly delightful highlights from the fringe. See more »

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