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Strange theories have sprung to life around the enigmatic cult leader. Is there truth behind any of them?
By Diana Brown Dec 26, 2017
History tells us that Betsy Ross designed and sewed America's first flag. But is that really the truth or is it just legend?
By Ed Grabianowski
Who was Charles Manson, and why was the public so fixated on this cult leader?
By Diana Brown Dec 22, 2017
Although there's been a lot of talk about Meghan Markle being the first mixed race person to marry into the British royal family, historians say that's not really true.
By Alia Hoyt Dec 8, 2017
Education and money go a long way, but it takes marriage to become a royal. Here are five times Americans have married into royal families.
By Laurie L. Dove Nov 29, 2017
Violet Jessop survived not one, not two, but three disasters at sea.
By Kate Kershner Nov 21, 2017
One theory about the fate of everybody's favorite female aviator is that her remains ended up as food for coconut crabs on a remote island in the South Pacific. But why?
By Jesslyn Shields Nov 21, 2017
Unusual street art in Rapid City, the "City of Presidents," aims to personalize the presidency.
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 6, 2017
Women have long been instrumental in America's labor rights movement. One early leader was Lucy Parsons, a woman of color who agitated for the eight-hour workday.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Sep 4, 2017
Katharine McCormick's name may not be as famous as Margaret Sanger's, but McCormick played a major role in the development of "the pill" and the progression of the reproductive rights movement.
By Kate Kershner Aug 25, 2017
Did Adolf Hitler really commit suicide with Eva Braun like history says he did? Tune in to Stuff They Don't Want You To Know and see what Matt, Ben and Noel have to say.
By Diana Brown Aug 22, 2017
A new expedition to the island of Nikumaroro takes forensic dogs... but was the aviator captured by Japan? Two new investigations point in different directions.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 11, 2017
William Rufus DeVane King was the young nation's 13th vice president, and its only one to take the oath of office in another country.
By Laurie L. Dove Jul 7, 2017
As a zealous advocate for marginalized people in the LGBTQ community, Rivera was a progressive and important, if controversial, figure in the movement.
By Kate Kershner Jun 28, 2017
Corpsenapping still happens today, with grave robbers targeting celebrities and politicians. Here are some famous recent examples.
By Laurie L. Dove Jun 27, 2017
Ayn Rand's philosophies have drawn a very diverse, even contradictory, group of followers.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jun 21, 2017
Even 1,600 years later, we still reach for the name Attila the Hun when we want an example of vicious (and successful) fighter. But how did his memory live on so long?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus
The 11th president of the United States is buried in Nashville, Tennessee. There's a campaign underway to exhume and move his remains, and it's happened before.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 11, 2017
Richards applied her extensive knowledge of chemistry and sanitation to everyday domestic tasks — and opened the door for women in science.
By Kate Kershner Mar 31, 2017
In the image, the abolitionist is in her 40s, seated and wearing a fashionable blouse and skirt. See it here.
By Alia Hoyt Feb 10, 2017
In the era before anesthesia, a surgeon with quick hands was highly sought-after.
By Alia Hoyt Feb 6, 2017
We know Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist and world-changer. But did you know he was also a Trekkie?
By David Dennis Jan 16, 2017
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.
By Karen Kirkpatrick Dec 16, 2016
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.
By Laurie L. Dove Nov 14, 2016
On Election Day, citizens choose a special way to remember her struggle to get U.S. women the right to vote.
By Christopher Hassiotis Nov 8, 2016
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