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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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10 Famous Native Americans

America's history begins with the Native Americans and the English settlers they encountered. Read our list of Native American leaders and heroes, including Sequoyah, Geronimo, and Crazy Horse.


5 Things You Didn't Know About Marie Antoinette

"Let them eat cake?" Not her phrase. See more »

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? See more »

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? See more »

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. See more »

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. See more »

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? See more »

Ridiculous History: Meet Simeon Ellerton, Noted Pedestrian & Rock Hound

Simeon Ellerton walked the U.K. in search of the right materials to build his home. Was the centenarian merely eccentric? Or completely brilliant? See more »

Alexander Hamilton? Yeah, He Wasn't a U.S. President

But what about Hubert Humphrey? Or Millard Fillmore? See more »

Ridiculous History: The Woman Who Once Was a Cabdriver's Worst Nightmare

Cabbies in 19th-century London would flee when they'd hear someone shout the warning "Mother Prodgers!" See more »

Ridiculous History: An Ambitious Chemist and a Poison Squad

They gobbled up things like copper sulfate muffins and formaldehyde meatloaf. Meet the 12 hungry men and the chemist behind the 20th-century Poison Squad. See more »