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: 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?

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

But what about Hubert Humphrey? Or Millard Fillmore?

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!"

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.

Wanted: Your Help Finding the Declaration of Sentiments

Get sleuthing! An important piece of U.S. history is missing, and you could help find it.

Adolf Hitler Was a Painter, and People Pay Big Money for His Work

Though not technically remarkable, Adolf Hitler's watercolor paintings still fetch a tidy sum at auction. Who would actually pay that much?

Ridiculous History: Guy Fawkes and One Killer Marketing Campaign

Imagine the cast of the "Ocean’s Eleven" trilogy in breeches and broad collars, and you have an inkling of this famous plot and why Fawkes' likeness lives on.

10 Mad Royals in History

Insanity on the throne was more common than you might think. Navigating both royal whim and a complete lack of treatment for mental illnesses was also no easy task. See what happened to these 10 mad royals.

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?

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.