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Historical Figures

From Musketeers to Nazis, Archimedes to Harriet Tubman, these famous historical figures changed the course of history -- for better or worse.

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How Attila the Hun Worked

Even 1,600 years later, we still know the name Attila the Hun. But why? Learn more about Attila the Hun from HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Plan to Dig Up President James K. Polk — For a Third Time

What's behind the campaign to exhume and rebury the United States' 11th president? Learn more in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Why We Shouldn't Forget Ellen Richards, Founder of the Home Ec Movement

Richards applied her knowledge of chemistry and sanitation to domestic tasks. Learn how she opened the door for women in science at HowStuffWorks. See more »

A Newly Surfaced Photo of Harriet Tubman Is Going to Auction

In the image, the abolitionist is in her 40s, seated and wearing a fashionable blouse and skirt. See the photo in this article at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Ridiculous History: Surgeon Robert Liston Was 'Fastest Knife in the West End'

Surgeon Robert Liston was well-known for his operating speed and survival rates. Learn more about this quick-drawing doctor at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Ridiculous History: How MLK Influenced the Direction of 'Star Trek'

In honor of MLK Day, HowStuffWorks Now remembers how Martin Luther King Jr. persuaded Nichelle Nichols to stay on the sci-fi show. See more »

Who Are the Real Caesar, Melba and General Tso?

Find out some of the creative ways chefs have honored people with new culinary creations in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Ridiculous History: Ancient India Beat Machiavelli to the Punch by 1,800 Years

What is the Arthashastra? Learn more about the Arthashastra and Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince" in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Thousands Line Up to Place Voting Stickers on Susan B. Anthony's Grave

Suffragist Susan B. Anthony is buried in New York. Learn why people place voting stickers on the activist's grave in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

5 Things You Didn't Know About Marie Antoinette

How much do you know about Marie Antoinette? HowStuffWorks Now gives you five facts about the misunderstood French queen on her birthday. See more »