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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 the First Lady Works

Whether you think of the first lady as the nation's hostess or an adviser to the U.S. president, the position has been evolving constantly for the last 200 years. Who defines her role if it lies outside the parameters of the Constitution?


How Attila the Hun Worked

 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 »

We Are Not Amused: The Queen Victoria Quiz

 We Are Not Amused: The Queen Victoria Quiz

Queen Victoria lent her name to an entire era. See how much you know about the woman behind the crown with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Alexander Hamilton Worked

 How Alexander Hamilton Worked

Musical star, cover boy for the $10 bill, shaper of the American economy — find out if there's anything Alexander Hamilton can't do at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Guess Who?: The Historical World Leader Quiz

 Guess Who?: The Historical World Leader Quiz

World leaders come from all corners of the globe. Take this quiz and see if you know who has been in charge of the course of history at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The US Presidential History Quiz

 The US Presidential History Quiz

How much do you know about U.S. presidential history? Test your knowledge with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Mad Royals in History

 10 Mad Royals in History

Insanity on the throne was more common than you might think. Here are 10 of the maddest royals in history. See more »

10 of History's Most Notorious Traitors

 10 of History's Most Notorious Traitors

Can you name 10 of history's most notorious traitors? Find out 10 of history's most notorious traitors at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Scapegoats Still in the Crosshairs

 10 Scapegoats Still in the Crosshairs

Scapegoating lets us blame others instead of accepting the consequences of our actions. Ready to meet some of the world’s most famous scapegoats? See more »

Joseph McCarthy Pictures

 Joseph McCarthy Pictures

American politician Joseph McCarthy became famous for investigations into supposed communist subversion. See pictures of Joseph McCarthy at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Musketeers Worked

 How Musketeers Worked

Who were the musketeers and what were they fighting for? Read about the musketeers of 17th century France at HowStuffWorks.. See more »