Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

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

Mrs. Prodgers sued dozens of cabdrivers in 19th-century London, leading to many terrorized cabbies and regulations that changed the cab industry. See more »

Ridiculous History: An Ambitious Chemist and a Poison Squad

They gobbled up things like copper sulfate muffins and formaldehyde meatloaf. Learn more about the 20th-century Poison Squad at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Wanted: Your Help Finding the Declaration of Sentiments

The Declaration of Sentiments spelled out the need for women's equality way back in 1848, and it's missing. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

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

Though not technically remarkable, Adolf Hitler's paintings still fetch a tidy sum at auction. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Ridiculous History: Guy Fawkes and One Killer Marketing Campaign

Guy Fawkes Day occurs every fifth of November. That's tomorrow. Time to learn about Fawkes and his everlasting place in history at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

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

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

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

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

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 »