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The Sorrowful Story of The Jonestown Massacre
The Jonestown Massacre shocked the world. On November 18, 1978, Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple cult, instructed his followers to commit revolutionary suicide. After an attack on a U.S. Congressman, the group drank poisoned punch. Learn more about Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and what drove these people to mass suicide at Jonestown.
10 Surprising Facts About the Titanic
You may already know that the Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on the night of April 14, 1912 and sunk just over two-and-a-half hours later, but do you know the following ten facts about the Titanic?
33 Facts You Should Know About the Holocaust
How many people were killed in the Holocaust? What does the word Shoah mean? What was the largest Nazi concentration camp? Learn the answers to these questions plus much more through these 33 Holocaust facts that everyone should know.
What Is the History of the Swastika?
The history of the swastika spans 3,000 years. Does this symbol represent good or evil?
How Was King Tut's Tomb Discovered?
In November 1922, Howard Carter discovered not just an unknown ancient Egyptian tomb, but one that had lain nearly undisturbed for over 3,000 years. What lay within King Tut's tomb astounded the world.
34 Facts About Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler
A listing of 34 interesting facts about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Through these Hitler Facts find out more about the man who many consider to have been one of the most evil people in the world.
Know These Important Events from the 1980s
A detailed timeline of historical events in the 1980s, from 1980 to 1989.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Albert Einstein
Most people know that Albert Einstein was a famous scientist who came up with the formula E=mc2. But do you know these ten things about this genius?
1970s Events that You Need to Know
A detailed history timeline of the 1970s, from 1970 to 1979.
1950s Events You Should Know About
A detailed history timeline of the 1950s, from 1950 to 1959.
A Profile of Convicted Serial Killer Charles...
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A Timeline of the 20th Century
Browse through this history timeline of the 20th century to examine each decade within this amazing century.
Why Did the United States Bomb Hiroshima and...
On August 6, 1945, the United States used its massive, atomic weapon against Hiroshima, Japan. This atomic bomb, the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT, flattened the city, killing tens of thousands of civilians. While Japan was still trying to comprehend this devastation three days later, the United States struck again, this time, on Nagasaki.
1990s Events You Should Know About
A detailed history timeline of the 1990s, from 1990 to 1999.
A History of Mengele's Gruesome Experiments on...
Josef Mengele's favorite experiments at Auschwitz were on twins. What did he do and why?
Who Murdered Rasputin?
To save the monarchy, several members of the Russian aristocracy attempted to murder Rasputin. On the night of December 16-17, 1916, they tried to kill the holy man. The plan was simple. Yet on that fateful night, the conspirators found that Rasputin would be very difficult to kill.
The 1960s at a Glance
A detailed history timeline of the 1960s, from 1960 to 1969.
What Everyone Should Know About the Vietnam War
The Vietnam War (1959-1975) was the prolonged struggle between nationalist forces attempting to unify the country of Vietnam under a communist government and the United States (with the aid of the South Vietnamese) attempting to prevent the spread of communism.
What Happened at the Groovy Woodstock Festival...
From August 15-18, 1969, 500,000 young people from across the US converged on Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel,NY for a concert that made history.
Who Were the First People to Reach the Top of...
New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953.
100 Famous African-American Men and Women of...
African-American men and women have made great contributions to American society throughout the 20th century. In this article, you will find a listing of 100 African Americans who truly achieved greatness by either advancing civil rights or making major impacts in science, government, sports, or entertainment.
The Sad Story of a Woman Responsible for...
Typhoid Mary had no idea that she was infected with the disease yet her work as a cook infected many. Find out all about Typhoid Mary and why authorities had a difficult time capturing Mary.
History Basics: What Everyone Should Know About...
World War I (1914-1919), was an extremely bloody war, with huge losses of life and little ground lost or won. Fought mostly by soldiers in trenches, World War I saw an estimated 10 million military deaths.
All About the Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall
From August 13, 1961 to November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall separated communist East Berlin from West Berlin. For 28 years, the Berlin Wall was a symbol of the Cold War. Learn more about the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.
Brief History of the 1940s
A detailed timeline of the major historical events of the 1940s, from 1940 to 1949.
See Images of Adolf Hitler, History's Monster
A large collection of pictures of Hitler, including pictures of Hitler giving the Nazi salute, as a soldier in World War I, official portraits, standing with other Nazi officials, wielding an axe, attending Nazi Party rallies, and much more.
Is the Hope Diamond Really Cursed?
According to the legend, a curse befell the large, blue diamond when it was stolen from an idol in India - a curse that foretold bad luck and death not only for the owner of the diamond but for all who touched it. Is there really a curse? Where has the Hope diamond been? Why was such a valuable gem donated to the Smithsonian?
A Timeline of WWI
World War I was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914. Find out what happened after this momentous event in this WWI timeline.
Bonnie and Clyde's Fascinating Tale
From 1932 to 1934, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, mostly commonly known just as Bonnie and Clyde, were a young couple who went on a two-year crime rampage that included bank robberies, car theft, and murder. Their lives and their crime spree ended abruptly when police succeeded in ambushing them; Bonnie and Clyde died in their car from multiple gunshot wounds on May 23, 1934.
1900s Events You Should Know About
A detailed history timeline of the first decade of the twentieth century, from 1900 to 1909.
Must Know Events that Occured in the 1920s
A detailed history timeline of the roaring '20s, from 1920 to 1929.
16 Cool Facts About the Empire State Building
Ever wondered how many stairs are in the Empire State Building? Or how many windows there are? Find out the answers to these questions plus learn a lot more interesting Empire State Building facts.
Are We at Risk For Another Great Depression?
The Great Depression struck the United States with surprising force. It began on October 29, 1929 with the Stock Market Crash and only ended after over a decade of hardship and suffering. Learn more about what caused the Great Depression, what life was like during it, and how it ended.
1930s Events You Should Know
A detailed timeline of the major historical events in the 1930s, from 1930 to 1939.
Jim Jones and Jonestown Suicides
Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple cult, was both charismatic and disturbed. Jones had a vision for a better world and established the Peoples Temple to help make that happen. Unfortunately, his unstable personality eventually overcame him and he became responsible for the deaths of over 900 people.
An A to Z List of the Most Famous People of the...
Links to biographies of some of the most famous and important people that shaped the 20th century. Page 2 of an alphabetical listing. (L to X)
Who Was the World's First Test-Tube Baby?
On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world's first successful test-tube baby was born. Though the technology that made her conception possible was heralded as a triumph, it also caused many to consider the possibilities of future ill-use.
Words to Start a War: Read Churchill's 'Iron...
On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill spoke at a small college in Fulton, Missouri. This famous speech, officially called The Sinews of Peace but more commonly called the Iron Curtain speech, described the split of Europe into democratic and Communist spheres.
What Was the Fatty Arbuckle Scandal?
In 1921, Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle was arrested and tried for the murder of a young starlet named Virginia Rappe. The public was against him but the jurors could find no evidence. Find out more about this Hollywood scandal.
The New, Modern Woman: The Flapper
In the 1920s, a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and went to petting parties. She was giddy and took risks. She was a flapper.
A Short History of the Rwanda Genocide
Beginning on April 6, 1994, Hutus began slaughtering the Tutsis in the African country of Rwanda. As the brutal killings continued, the world stood idly by and just watched the slaughter. Lasting 100 days, the Rwanda genocide left approximately 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu sympathizers dead.
How Was Penicillin Discovered?
In 1928, bacteriologist Alexander Fleming made a chance discovery. From a contaminated experiment, he found a powerful antibiotic, penicillin.
Who Was Gandhi, and How Did He Change History?
Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian independence movement, spent 20 years in South Africa working to fight discrimination and then returned to India.He spent his remaining years working diligently to both remove British rule from India as well as to better the lives of India's poorest classes.
How Neil Armstrong Became the First Man on the...
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the very first man to walk on the moon. Learn more about the amazing Apollo 11 mission that sent the first man to the moon.
Where Were Nazi Concentration Camps Located?
A Holocaust map of Eastern Europe showing the locations of Nazi death and concentration camps.
The Remarkable Story of How the Chunnel Was Built
The Channel Tunnel, often called the Chunnel, is a railway tunnel that lies underneath the water of the English Channel and connects the island of Great Britain with mainland France. The Channel Tunnel, completed in 1994, is considered one of the most amazing engineering feats of the 20th century.
A Profile of Mother Teresa, the Saint of the...
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Catholic order of nuns dedicated to helping the poor. She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Page 1 of 2.
Check Out These Resources About the Holocaust
Whether you are just beginning to learn about the Holocaust or you are looking for more in-depth stories about the subject, this page is for you. You will find basics such as a timeline, a glossary, a map, and pictures plus more in-depth articles on such topics as the yellow star, ghettos, camps, resistance, and much more.
A Biography of Adolf Hitler
Known as one of the most evil people in history, Adolf Hitler was responsible for World War II and the Holocaust. Learn more about Hitler through this biography.
How Did James Dean Die?
Movie star James Dean was driving his new Porsche 550 Spyder when he hit another car nearly head-on, and died at age 24. A look at who he was.
A Complete List of All United States Presidents
A list of the U.S. presidents, starting with George Washington (1789-1797) and going chronologically.
What Happened During the Tet Offensive?
A major turning point of the Vietnam War, on January 30, 1968, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong staged a major offensive against South Vietnam.
What Happened in the 1910s?
A list of events in world history in the decade from 1910 to 1919.
Must-Know Facts About the Japanese Attack on...
Finding out the basics facts about Pearl Harbor can often be troublesome. Hopefully you will find what you are looking for here for this collection of Pearl Harbor facts should prove both informational and interesting.
Read Bonnie Parker's Poem 'The Story of Bonnie...
Bonnie Parker wrote two poems while she and Clyde Barrow were on the run from the law. This poem, the Story of Bonnie and Clyde, was the second of the two. It was written by Bonnie while she and Clyde were running from the law. Bonnie gave a copy of the poem to her mother just weeks before she and Clyde were gunned down.
Why Did King Edward VIII Abdicate?
King Edward was in love with Mrs. Wallis Simpson, not only an American, but also a married woman already once divorced. Yet, in order to marry the woman he loved, King Edward was willing to give up the British throne - and he did.
Columbine Massacre - School Shooting of April...
On April 20, 1999, in the suburban town of Littleton, Colorado, two high-school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, enacted an all-out assault on Columbine High School during the middle of the school day. Shooting guns and throwing bombs, the two boys killed twelve students and one teacher and injured many more.
A Closer Look at the Holocaust's Most Famous...
The history of the death camp where the Nazis killed 1.1 million people - where it was located and when, gas chambers,medical experiments,liberation, etc.
The Fascinating History of Color TV That You...
On June 25, 1951, CBS broadcast the very first commercial color TV program. The problem, however, was that nearly no one could watch it on their black-and-white televisions.
Who Were the Youngest and Oldest US Presidents?
A list of the U.S. Presidents from the youngest when they took office (number 1 was Theodore Roosevelt) to the oldest
What Happened When the Titanic Sank?
On the night of April 14, 1912, the luxurious ocean liner Titanic hit an iceberg. Just over two hours later, the Titanic sank, losing 1,517 lives. Find out the full story of the sinking of the Titanic.
Albert Einstein: The Scientific Genius Who...
As a 26-year-old patent clerk, Albert Einstein revolutionized science in 1905 when he published five new theories, including the theory of relativity. Although it took several years for the scientific community to recognize Einstein's genius, he eventually became the most famous scientist of the twentieth century.
What Happened During the 1917 Russian...
The Russian Revolution of 1917 changed not only the future of Russia but of the entire world. It toppled a monarchy and brought about the first communist country in the world. Follow the drama of both the February and October Revolutions.
What Caused the Stock Market Crash of 1929?
After a boom on the stock market that enticed many everyday people to invest their entire savings, the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929.
The 5 Most Heinous Crimes of Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq from 1979 until 2003, has gained domestic and international notoriety for torturing and murdering thousands of his own people. These are five of Saddam Hussein's most heinous crimes.
What Happened During the Munich Massacre?
The Munich Massacre was a terrorist attack during the 1972 Olympic Games. Eight Palestinian terrorists killed two members of the Israeli Olympic team and then took nine others hostage. The situation was ended by a huge gunfight that left five of the terrorists and all of the nine hostages dead.
All You Need to Know About the Prohibition
Prohibition was the period in United States history in which the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors was outlawed. It was a time characterized by speakeasies, glamour, and gangsters and a period of time in which even the average citizen broke the law.
The 43 Oldest Presidents in U.S. History
Who is the oldest President in U.S. history? Who was the next oldest? Have fun exploring this list of the oldest U.S. Presidents.
What You Should Know About the Attack on Pearl...
On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise air attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. After just two hours of bombing, more than 2,400 Americans were dead, 21 ships had either been sunk or damaged, and more than 188 U.S. aircraft destroyed. Find out more about the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Walt Disney
Walt Disney was a cartoonist, innovator, and an entrepreneur who created some of the most beloved characters of the 20th century, the world's first theme park, and one of the largest entertainment companies in the world.
Eichmann Trial: The Trial That Taught the World...
After being found and captured in Argentina, Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann, known as the architect of the Final Solution, was put on trial in Israel in 1961. Eichmann was found guilty and sentenced to death. At midnight between May 31 and June 1, 1962, Eichmann was executed by hanging. Learn more about the capture of Eichmann and the Eichmann Trial.
A Timeline of the Russian Revolution's Major...
Follow the events of the Russian Revolution of 1917 as they unfolded in this timeline of the Russian Revolution.
When Did the First Playboy Magazine Go to Print?
The first issue of Playboy Magazine, which featured Marilyn Monroe, was published in December 1953..
What Is the Balfour Declaration?
The history and complete text of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which declared that the British favored a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
A Visual Collection of Holocaust History
Links to pictures of the Holocaust, including of concentration camps, ghettos,displaced persons,killing squads,Hitler, and other Nazi officials.
The Day a Plane Crashed Into the Empire State...
At 9:49 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building. Find out why the bomber crashed and what happened to the Empire State Building.
How Did the Oreo Get its Name?
Since Oreo cookies debuted in 1912, over 362 billion have been sold, making them the best-selling cookie in the United States.
The 10 Most Influential Scientists of the 20th...
Scientists had a profound impact on the 20th century. Their discoveries changed how we viewed both ourselves and our surroundings. Learn more about these famous scientists as well and their discoveries in this list of the ten most influential scientists of the 20th century.
The Life and Crimes of Al Capone, Iconic...
Al Capone was a notorious gangster who ran an organized crime syndicate in Chicago during the 1920s. Capone, who was both charming and charitable as well as powerful and vicious, became an iconic figure of the successful American gangster. Find out more about this fascinating man in this biography of Al Capone.
The Truth About Martin Luther King, Jr.'s...
At 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, a shot rang out. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had been standing on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, now lay sprawled on the balcony's floor. What happened that evening?
A Timeline of the Titanic's First -- and Last...
A timeline of the fateful voyage of the RMS Titanic, including dates about the Titanic's construction and its sinking in 1912.
Here's a Timeline of Major Conflicts and Wars...
A chronological list of the major wars and conflicts of the 20th century.
Why Did Russia Move Stalin's Body?
After his death in 1953, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's remains were embalmed and put on display next to Vladimir Lenin. In 1961, it was removed.
The Number of Jews Killed During the Holocaust...
A chart showing the number of Jews who died in each country during the Holocaust
Learn About the 1918 Pandemic That Killed...
In three waves, the Spanish flu spread quickly, killing an estimated 50 million to 100 million people around the world.
Brilliant but Tortured: Who Was Howard Hughes?
Howard Hughes was a businessman, a movie producer, and an aviator; however, he is perhaps best remembered for spending his later years as an eccentric, reclusive billionaire.
Visual Guide to the Great Depression
Links to a large compilation of pictures of dust storms, farm foreclosures, migrant workers, unemployed, breadlines, soup kitchens, etc.
A Timeline of the Most Important Events of the...
A timeline from 1858 to 1982 that looks at the origins, major events, and aftermath of the Vietnam War.
The Y2K Bug
The Y2K (Year 2000) problem existed because most dates in computers were programmed to automatically assume the date began with 19 as in 1977. But when the date was to turn from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000, it was prophesied that computers would be so confused that they would shut down completely. Find out more about the Y2K bug that scared the world.
The Incredible True Story of the Very First...
Though the concept of credit has existed longer even than money, it wasn't until 1950 that the modern credit card was invented.
Why Was the MASH TV Show so Popular?
The first episode of the extremely popular TV series MASH aired on CBS on September 17, 1972. Find out more about this extremely popular show.
A Timeline of All You Need to Know about World...
World War II (WWII) was a long and bloody war that lasted for six years. Officially beginning on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, World War II lasted until both the Germans and the Japanese had surrendered to the Allies in 1945. Find out what happened in this timeline of World War II.
From Peasant to Revolutionary, the Life of...
Pancho Villa was a Mexican revolutionary leader who advocated for the poor and wanted agrarian reform. Though he was a killer, a bandit, and a revolutionary leader, many remember him as a folk hero.
How Did Robert Ballard Find the Sunken Titanic?
The Titanic, a huge ocean-liner that had sunk in 1912, remained lost at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 73 years. Robert Ballard found it in 1985.
What Did Auschwitz Look Like?
A large collection of pictures of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
You Should Know About the 1939 Agreement...
Details of the pact signed in 1939 between Hitler and Stalin that enabled a one-front war when Germany started World War II.
How Did Hitler Kill Himself?
The final days of the German dictator in his underground bunker, leading up to his suicide on April 30 by swallowing cyanide and shooting himself in the head.
1901 - First Nobel Prizes Awarded
On December 10, 1901, the first five Nobel Prizes were awarded.
How Did the Olympic Games Evolve Over Time?
After 1500 years with no Olympics, the modern Olympic Games were established. Learn how and why the Games began again.
Muhammad Ali: Who Is This Famous Boxer?
Muhammad Ali is considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time. Ali was the first to win the heavyweight champion title three times and is known for his witty phrases like 'Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.' Learn more about the life of Muhammad Ali and his struggle with Parkinson's.
How Did World War II Begin?
No one wanted war. Yet, when Germany attacked Poland on September 1, 1939, other European countries felt they had to act. The result was six long years of World War II. Learn more about what led to Germany's aggression and how other countries reacted.
The Mona Lisa Was Stolen!
It was unbelievable -- someone stole the most famous painting in the world. Follow this two year long caper that shocked the world.
What Do You Know About Louis Armstrong?
The life of one of the century's most popular entertainers,who raised himself out of poverty to become a master trumpeter and key influence in jazz.
5 Things You Probably Don't Know About Anne Frank
You have read her diary and you know her story. But do you know these five things about Anne Frank and her diary?
The Story of a WWII Japanese Soldier Who Hid in...
Unaware that World War II had ended, Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese Army spent 29 years hiding on remote Philippine island Lubang.
How Did the Peace Symbol Get Invented?
The peace symbol, the circle with three lines within it, was originally designed in 1958 by British artist Gerald Holtom. Learn more about the history of the peace symbol.
What You Need to Know About the Treaty That...
The Versailles Treaty was the peace settlement between Germany and the Allied Powers that officially ended World War I. However, the conditions in the treaty were so punitive upon Germany that many believe the Versailles Treaty laid the groundwork for the eventual rise of Nazis in Germany and the eruption of World War II.
Why Was This Gas Leak One of the Worst...
During the night of December 2-3, 1984, poisonous gas from the Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked into Bhopal, India, killing an estimated 3,000 to 8,000 people.
How Did the Empire State Building Get Built?
When the Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931, it was the tallest building in the world. How did this gigantic icon get built? It started with a race to the sky.
What was the Bataan Death March in World War II?
The forced march of American and Filipino prisoners of war by the Japanese starting on April 9, 1942 resulted in as many as 10,000 deaths.
The Story Behind the Cabbage Patch Buying...
In 1983, thousands of people across the U.S. stood in lines, camped outside, or even physically fought to get their hands on a Cabbage Patch Kids doll. What is a Cabbage Patch Kids doll and how did they get so popular?
Why Was The Sinking of The Lusitania Important?
On May 7, 1915, the British passenger ship, the Lusitania, was sunk by a German U-boat. The high death toll shocked the world and the loss of American citizens swayed public opinion in the United States in favor of joining World War I.
What Did Hitler Say in Mein Kampf?
Mein Kampf, which means My Struggle, was a two-volume book written by Adolf Hitler during and right after his stay in Landsberg prison. In this book, Hitler lambasts Jews and the current German government and outlines his plans for the future. Learn more about Mein Kampf.
The Tragic History of the Kent State Massacre
On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen fired upon an already dispersed crowd of student protesters, killing four and wounding nine others, at Kent State.
How Did Walt Disney Get the Idea for Disneyland?
On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened. Children and adults alike were able to enter the magical land and leave their problems behind while they enjoyed rides and shows in Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland.
Layout of King Tut's Tomb
A graphic diagram of the layout of King Tut's tomb.
Tangshan: The Deadliest Earthquake
At 3:42 a.m. on July 28, 1976, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the sleeping city of Tangshan, in northeastern China. The very large earthquake obliterated the city of Tangshan and killed over 240,000 people - making it the deadliest earthquake of the twentieth century.
When Was Pluto Discovered?
On February 18, 1930, Clyde W. Tombaugh, an assistant at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered Pluto. For over seven decades, Pluto was considered the ninth planet of our solar system.
What Happened During the Boxer Rebellion?
In 1900, a group known as the Boxers murdered thousands of foreigners, especially missionaries, in an attempt to rid China of all foreign influence.
Sir Winston Churchill's Life, Career, and...
Sir Winston Churchill was truly an amazing man. Although most well known for leading the United Kingdom through WWII as prime minister, Churchill was also an awesome orator and prolific writer.
What Rabies Has to Do with the Channel Tunnel...
How much does a ticket through the Channel Tunnel cost? How long are the tunnels? What does rabies have to do with the Channel Tunnel? Find out the answers to these questions and so many more in this list of interesting facts about the Channel Tunnel.
Everything You Need to Know About the First...
A newspaper mistakenly ran an obituary for Alfred Nobel which called him the merchant of death. Not wanting to go down in history with such a horrible epitaph, Nobel created a will that shocked his relatives but established the Nobel Prizes.
Elvis Quiz
A 10-question multiple-choice quiz all about Elvis Presley. Take this Elvis Quiz to test your Elvis Presley knowledge.
All About Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to ever fly across the Atlantic Ocean and then also became the first woman to fly solo across it. Her fate remains one of the century's greatest mysteries after she disappeared in 1937 while trying to become the first woman to fly around the world.
Why Was There Trench Warfare in World War I?
In World War I, many soldiers were forced to fight in trenches, with horrible conditions such as mud, water, blood, gore, rats, artillery, and more. Find out details about what life in the trenches was like and how trenches were constructed.
Did You Used to Play with LEGOs?
For over half a century, the small, plastic bricks known as LEGO have sparked the imagination of children around the world. Discover the history of LEGO toys.
See Adolf Hitler's Complicated Family Tree
Did you know that Adolf Hitler had a sister named Paula? Or that Hitler had four other siblings that died in their youth? Take a close look at Hitler's family tree and find out all sorts of interesting tidbits.
A Timeline of the Genocide in Rwanda
In 1994, the Rwanda Genocide resulted in the deaths of 800,000 Tutsi and Hutu sympathizers. Learn more about the genocide by browsing this Rwanda Genocide timeline, which shows the history of Rwanda from its first European colonization to the end of the genocide.
How Henry Ford's Assembly Line Changed...
On December 1, 1913, Henry Ford introduced the first automobile assembly line at his Highland Park plant in Michigan. The assembly line significantly shortened the production process, thus enabling Ford to make his Model T cheap enough to become the car for the masses.
The Very First Flight Lasted 12 Seconds - Find...
On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made the very first flight of an airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Find out more about the Wright Brothers, how they made the Flyer, and what happened on that historic day.
How Ronald Reagan Went from Movie Star to...
Republican Ronald Reagan became the oldest President elected when he took office as the 40th president of the United States. He served two terms as President, from 1981 to 1989. Learn more about this influential man through this biography.
Poem by Bonnie Parker Called "The Story of...
Bonnie Parker wrote two poems while she and Clyde Barrow were on the run from the law. This poem, the Story of Suicide Sal, was the first of the two. It was written by Bonnie while she was held in the Kaufman jail in spring 1932. The poem was published in newspapers after it was found during the raid on Bonnie and Clyde's hideout in Joplin, Missouri on April 13, 1933.
The Mysterious Death of Australian Prime...
After going for a swim at Cheviot Beach near Melbourne, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared on December 17, 1967. While the most likely scenario is that he drowned in the rough sea, conspiracy theories abound regarding the cause of his disappearance.
The Prince of Pop, Andy Warhol
One of the most important artists of pop art, which became extremely popular in the second half of the twentieth century. Though he is best remembered for his paintings of Campbell's soup cans, he also created hundreds of other works including commercial advertisements and films.
Meet Yuri Gagarin, the First Man in Space
On board Vostok 1, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history on April 12, 1961 when he became both the first person in the world to enter space and the first person to orbit the Earth.
How Chewing Gum Got Invented
Chewing gum has a history that spans as far back as the ancient Greeks; however, bubble gum, a type of chewing gum that allows the chewer to make bubbles, has a much more recent history. Find out who invented bubble gum and why it has that pink color.
How Did the First Fatal Plane Crash Occur?
Just five years after the Wrights' first flight, Orville Wright was in the first fatal airplane crash, which left Orville severely injured and his passenger dead.
Who Was Saddam Hussein?
A profile of Saddam Hussein, the ruthless dictator of Iraq from 1979 until 2003.
Vietnam War Pictures
A large compilation of pictures of the Vietnam War, including combat action, life in the jungle, wounded, P.O.W.s, entertainers, tanks, helicopters, and ships.
Holocaust: Photograph of an American Soldier...
Photograph of an American soldier standing above corpses of children
Why Was Robert Kennedy Murdered?
Just after midnight on June 5, 1968, Palestinian-born Sirhan Sirhan shot presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Find out what happened that night.
How Did Laika Wind Up Being the First Animal in...
At the very beginning of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Soviets successfully launched Sputnik 2 with Laika the dog on board. Laika became the very first living creature to enter orbit. Learn more about this cute, little dog's journey and how she paved the way for human space exploration.
Pac-Man
In 1980, Pac-Man was released, changing video games forever. Find out who invented Pac-Man and what pizza had to do with it. Also discover what's on the final screen of Pac-Man - yes, someone actually finished all 255 levels!
1903 - The First License Plates Issued in the...
In order to create order on the roads, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to issue license plates in 1903.
Pol Pot Khmer Rouge Cambodian Genocide Cambodia...
From 1975 to 1979, Pol Pot, as the leader of the Khmer Rouge, was the dictator of Cambodia. During these five years, Pol Pot attempted to transform Cambodia into an agrarian utopia; however, in attempting to do this, Pol Pot was responsible for creating the Cambodian Genocide, which saw the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million people.
An Amazing Finding in China: A Life-Sized...
On March 29, 1974, three farmers stumbled upon one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century - the discovery of Qin Shihuangdi's ancient terracotta army.
Why Did the St. Valentines Day Massacre Occur?
On the morning of St. Valentine's Day in 1929, seven men were gunned down in cold blood in a garage in Chicago. The massacre, orchestrated by Al Capone, shocked the nation by its brutality and made Capone a national celebrity.
How Did the Navajo Code Talkers Help the Allies...
Most codes during WWII were broken; yet the Navajo Code Talkers confounded the enemy by talking in a seemingly unbreakable code.
How Did Stalin Build His Cult of Personality?
As the dictator of the Soviet Union from 1927 to 1953, Joseph Stalin cultivated a Communist regime that was as distrustful of its own people as it was the West. Between the massive famines created by his Five Year Plans and the torture and murder from his Great Terror, Stalin was personally responsible for the deaths of an estimated 20 to 60 million people.
How'd the Rolling Stones Get Started?
The Rolling Stones, formed in 1962, have been together for five decades, making them the longest performing rock band of all time. Their biggest hit '(Ain't Got No) Satisfaction' brought them to mega stardom, but their longevity can only be attributed to a very solid friendship between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Find out how the Rolling Stones got their start and what they've been doing for five, long decades.

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