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The Jonestown Massacre

Wednesday May 28, 2014
On November 18, 1978, Jim Jones, leader of the Peoples Temple, ordered his group to commit mass suicide. In total, 918 people died that day, most by drinking a poisoned grape-flavored punch. Of those that died, 276 of them were children. Find out more about the Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple and how the Jonestown Massacre unfolded.

A 10-Part Series of WWI Pictures

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Each week, The Atlantic online will release a collection of World War I photos, many of which haven't been seen in years. Thus far, half of the historic pictures can be seen online. I found some of the pictures just amazing, like those of armored trains, a dog that was promoted to sergeant, a landing observation balloon, and a mass grave for dead war horses. Peruse through these pictures to learn more about World War I.

History Quote of the Week

Wednesday May 28, 2014

"There is still no cure for the common birthday." -- Quote by astronaut John Glenn

For more: History Quotes, Biography of John Glenn

Astronaut John Glenn: The First American to Orbit the Earth

Wednesday May 28, 2014
John Glenn was amazing even before he went into space. Between WWII and the Korean War, Glenn survived 149 air combat missions. Seriously, that's phenomenal! Then he went on to become the first American to orbit the Earth, a U.S. senator, and then went to space again when he was 77 years old! Oh, and did I mention that he was friends with his wife since he was two years old. His romance with Annie is enough in itself to make his biography interesting. Learn more about John Glenn, truly an exceptional man.

Truman Capote: Author of the First True Crime Novel

Monday May 19, 2014
Truman Capote was witty, charming, and fun but also a brilliant writer. He was the life of the party even though his most famous novel was about one of the most macabre topics -- a quadruple murder. But the research for that novel, In Cold Blood, also destroyed him. Find out more about the life and death of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Truman Capote.

History Quote of the Week

Thursday May 15, 2014

"I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best." -- Quote by artist Frida Kahlo

For more: History Quotes, Biography of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo: Much More Than a Unibrow

Wednesday May 14, 2014
Artist Frida Kahlo's life took a drastic turn when she impaled through the middle with a handrail during a bus accident. That's when she started to paint. Find out more about this amazing lady in this biography of Frida Kahlo.

History of Fascism Museum Planned in Italy

Wednesday April 30, 2014
The mayor of Predappio, Italy, recently announced plans for building a museum in Predappio, the birthplace of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The planned museum will be housed in the 25,800-square-foot Casa del Fascio, which is currently abandoned. Read more about the new museum in The Independent.

Pictures of the San Francisco Earthquake

Wednesday April 30, 2014
On April 18, 1906, an earthquake hit San Francisco, causing severe damage and starting a fire that lasted for four days. The devastation left by the earthquake and fire was immense. Check out these historic pictures of the damage caused by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Sharpshooter and Entertainer Annie Oakley

Wednesday April 30, 2014
At a time when many women sat under trees spinning their spinning wheels, Annie Oakley was out shooting her gun. Her family was very poor and they needed the extra food that Annie was able to bring home with her gun. Soon, Annie became an excellent sharpshooter. Annie eventually became an international celebrity when she became part of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. Learn more about the fascinating life of Annie Oakley.

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