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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Royal Babies Quiz

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan have had their first child. Royal watchers, test your knowledge of the bejeweled babies of the British royal family with this quiz.

Ernest Withers: Iconic Civil Rights Photographer — and FBI Informant?

Did famed photographer Ernest Withers betray the civil rights movement he so lovingly documented?

How Former Slave Elizabeth Keckly Shaped 19th-Century Fashion

Elizabeth Keckly, a former slave turned dress designer, was once the premiere dressmaker in Washington, D.C. She was also a close confidante of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln.

The Misunderstood Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, Martin Luther King is revered for his nonviolent struggle for civil rights in the United States. But most Americans didn't approve of him before his death, or many years after.

Bones Unearthed in 1940 Are Likely Amelia Earhart's, Says New Research

The latest research points to Amelia Earhart crash-landing and surviving on the island of Nikumaroro.

Who Started Haute Couture?

Haute couture, or personalized clothing created by fashion houses, began in the mid-1800s by an Englishman named Charles Frederick Worth.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Was the Voice of the Everglades

A pioneer in the environmental movement, Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a journalist and activist who fought to save these important Florida wetlands from development.

Five Times Young People Changed the World

Teenagers may be young, but they are also determined. And when they come together, they can spark change — as they did in these five instances.

How Harriet Tubman Worked

History has taught us that Harriet Tubman was a conductor for slaves on the Underground Railroad to freedom. But she had a second career as a Union spy and was also a champion for the elderly.

Conspiracy Theories Reignite After Manson Death

Strange theories have sprung to life around the enigmatic cult leader. Is there truth behind any of them?

How Betsy Ross Worked

History tells us that Betsy Ross designed and sewed America's first flag. But is that really the truth or is it just legend?

Who Was Charles Manson?

Who was Charles Manson, and why was the public so fixated on this cult leader?

Meghan Markle Is Just the Latest of the British Royal Family's African Connections

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.

Meet Violet Jessop, Survivor of Three Shipwrecks

Violet Jessop survived not one, not two, but three disasters at sea.

Was Amelia Earhart Eaten by Giant Land Crabs?

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?

A City in South Dakota Boasts a Life-size Statue of Every US President

Unusual street art in Rapid City, the "City of Presidents," aims to personalize the presidency.

'More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters': Meet Lucy Parsons, Unsung Heroine of the Labor Movement

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.

Katharine Dexter McCormick: A Forgotten Trailblazer in the Birth Control Movement

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.

What Really Happened to Hitler?

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.

Two Competing Amelia Earhart Theories Present New Evidence

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.

The U.S. Vice President Who Took the Oath of Office In Cuba

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.

Sylvia Rivera: A Pioneer of the Modern LGBTQ Rights Movement

As a zealous advocate for marginalized people in the LGBTQ community, Rivera was a progressive and important, if controversial, figure in the movement.

When Grave Robbers Hold Famous Corpses for Ransom

Corpsenapping still happens today, with grave robbers targeting celebrities and politicians. Here are some famous recent examples.

Why Is Ayn Rand Still So Popular Today?

Ayn Rand's philosophies have drawn a very diverse, even contradictory, group of followers.

How Attila the Hun Worked

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?


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