Historical Figures

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


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

We know Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist and world-changer. But did you know he was also a Trekkie?

Who Are the Real Caesar, Melba and General Tso?

Cooking up a new dish is in some ways like being a parent. For one, you get to name the new concoction. Here are the inspirations behind some culinary favorites.

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

Look beyond Europe for history! The "Arthashastra," written in the third century B.C.E., predated "The Prince." Maybe we should be saying Kautilyan, not Machiavellian.

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

On Election Day, citizens choose a special way to remember her struggle to get U.S. women the right to vote.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Marie Antoinette

"Let them eat cake?" Not her phrase.

Austria Will Demolish Adolf Hitler's Birthplace

Is Austria's step to remove the place where the Nazi leader was born a way of cleaning up the present and future, or of trying to sweep the past under the rug?

Ridiculous History: LBJ Talked on the Phone More Than a Teenager

LBJ really dug phones. The 36th U.S. president dug them so much that he had a tree phone. With a switchboard. How many presidents can say that?

No, Not Only U.S. Presidents Are on American Money

Harriet Tubman won't be the first non-president whose face appears on the front of U.S. paper currency, but in 2020 hers will be the first black woman's to do so.

Ridiculous History: When Benjamin Franklin Remade the Alphabet

Ben Franklin was the kind of guy who couldn't help tinkering with everything he touched, whether it was eyeglasses, catheters or ... the alphabet.

How Alexander Hamilton Worked

Star of a musical, cover boy for the $10 bill, shaper of the American economy — what can't Founding Father Alexander Hamilton do?