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Famous Criminals

Portrayed in the 1930s as modern-day Robin Hoods, Bonnie and Clyde did sometimes steal from the rich and give to the poor. At other times they killed people for no reason. Learn what happened to this strange, criminal duo.

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The Berlin Wall

East Berliner standing on top of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall, hastily put up in the middle of the night in 1961, grew to become an icon of the Cold War. Learn more about its history, its structure, and its downfall.

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Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov, best known for his science-fiction novels, wrote a total of 471 books on a huge number of subjects. Find out more about Asimov and how he was so prolific.

Virginia Woolf

British author Virginia Woolf wrote ten novels and a number of essays despite struggling with mental illness nearly her whole life. Sadly, however, her illness ultimately killed her. Learn more about this talented, troubled woman.

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker was truly a remarkable woman. She started out life as a child of slaves, was orphaned at age 7, married at age 14, a mother by age 17, and then a widow by age 20. She then spent 18 years as a laundress before starting her own hair-care business that grew exponentially, ultimately making her the first female, self-made millionaire.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer from Georgia, then governor, and then the 39th president of the United States. Unfortunately, my most counts, he failed as a president. However, since then, Carter has worked diligently on humanitarian efforts around the world. Learn more about President Jimmy Carter in this short biography.

The Nazis

The Nazi Party began as one of thousands of innocuous political groups that formed after Germany's defeat in World War I; however, it soon grew increasingly powerful, eventually taking over all of Germany. Led by Hitler, the Nazis started World War II and were responsible for the horrors of the Holocaust. Find out how the Nazi Party formed and how it grew so powerful.

John Glenn

Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962. But John Glenn was an amazing, accomplished man both before and after that flight as well. Learn more about John Glenn in this short biography.

World War I

From 1914 to 1919, millions of soldiers fought and died in World War I. Although most of the fighting took place in trenches in Europe, World War I involved nearly the entire world. Learn more about what happened during World War I, who they key people were, and which were the major battles.

Truman Capote

Short, with a soft voice, and homosexual, Truman Capote was not easy to forget. In the limelight as much for being the author of Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood as his lively personality, Truman Capote was a very popular celebrity in his lifetime.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican painter well known for her self-portraits. Kahlo's near-death accident, bisexual relationships, and stormy marriage to famous muralist Diego Rivera make Frida Kahlo's biography absolutely fascinating.

History of Fascism Museum Planned in Italy

The mayor of Predappio, Italy, recently announced plans for building a museum in Predappio, the birthplace of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The

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