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


Who was Rosie the Riveter?

With her stoic expression and flexed bicep, Rosie the Riveter really can do it. And for the women of the World War II generation, that meant anything from riveting to welding. But even Rosie's pert, polka-dotted headscarf scraped the glass ceiling.

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  • 10 of History's Most Notorious Traitors
    10 of History's Most Notorious Traitors

    Judas. Brutus. Benedict Arnold. If someone calls you one of those names, that's not a good thing because they've all become synonymous with traitors. But is that deserved? Who else was considered a traitor? See more »

  • 10 Scapegoats Still in the Crosshairs
    10 Scapegoats Still in the Crosshairs

    Yoko Ono broke up the Beatles. Bill Buckner lost the 1986 Series for the Red Sox. We humans are pretty good at pointing the finger, and these 10 scapegoats have shouldered more than their fair share of blame. See more »

  • History Buff: Abraham Lincoln Quiz
    History Buff: Abraham Lincoln Quiz

    Some historians consider Abraham Lincoln the greatest U.S. president ever. But how much do you know about the 16th president? Take this quiz and test your knowledge of the Great Emancipator. See more »

  • How Barack Obama Works
    How Barack Obama Works

    If there's one message President Barack Obama wanted to get across during his campaign, it was that he represents change. Does his background match his message? See more »

  • How Castles Work
    How Castles Work

    When you think about the Middle Ages, you probably imagine knights, lords and ladies in a castle. Learn about how castles were constructed, how they were used and what became of them. See more »

  • How Cave Dwellers Work
    How Cave Dwellers Work

    Hairy, heavy-browed, dim-witted: This is our vision of a caveman. But the cavepeople created amazing art -- and cave dwelling didn't stop with the Neanderthals. See more »

  • How Hillary Clinton Works
    How Hillary Clinton Works

    Sen. Hillary Clinton came closer than any other woman to securing the nomination for president. How did she arrive at that point, and what did she want to accomplish if she had been elected? See more »

  • How Jack the Ripper Worked
    How Jack the Ripper Worked

    While Londoners in the East End saw their fair share of grime, drugs and prostitution, nothing could've prepared them for Jack the Ripper's bloody rampage in 1888. What's the story behind this legendary butcher? See more »

  • How Joe Biden Works
    How Joe Biden Works

    Joe Biden's combination of tough talk and 35 years of Senate experience made him Barack Obama's VP pick for the 2008 presidential campaign. What are his goals for the vice presidency? See more »

  • How John McCain Works
    How John McCain Works

    Sen. John McCain is a retired Navy veteran, a supporter of the war in Iraq and the Republican Party's nominee for president. What is his past voting record, and what will he do if he's elected? See more »

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