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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 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.
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.
A Profile of Convicted Serial Killer Charles...
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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.
1950s Events You Should Know About
A detailed history timeline of the 1950s, from 1950 to 1959.
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.
Know These Important Events from the 1980s
A detailed timeline of historical events in the 1980s, from 1980 to 1989.
1990s Events You Should Know About
A detailed history timeline of the 1990s, from 1990 to 1999.
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?
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.
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.
1970s Events that You Need to Know
A detailed history timeline of the 1970s, from 1970 to 1979.
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.
The 1960s at a Glance
A detailed history timeline of the 1960s, from 1960 to 1969.
Must Know Events that Occured in the 1920s
A detailed history timeline of the roaring '20s, from 1920 to 1929.
A Timeline of the 20th Century
A timeline of the major, interesting, and intriguing events of the 20th century.
Brief History of the 1940s
A detailed timeline of the major historical events of the 1940s, from 1940 to 1949.
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.
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.
Who Was Booker T. Washington?
Despite being born a slave, Booker T. Washington went on to found the Tuskegee Institute and became one of the most famous African Americans of his time.
1930s Events You Should Know
A detailed timeline of the major historical events in the 1930s, from 1930 to 1939.
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 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.
How Did Black History Month Originate?
Black History Month is a month set aside to learn, honor, and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history.
A History of Mengele's Gruesome Experiments on...
Josef Mengele's favorite experiments at Auschwitz were on twins. What did he do and why?
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.
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?
1900s Events You Should Know About
A detailed history timeline of the first decade of the twentieth century, from 1900 to 1909.
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.
The Charismatic Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler
Known as one of the most evil people in history, Adolf Hitler was responsible for World War II and the Holocaust.
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.
All About the 18th Amendment
The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol. Here is the complete text of the 18th Amendment.
Find Out About the Life and Activism of Malcolm X
Malcolm X was a controversial figure during the Civil Rights era. While he advocated for black pride, he also believed in the inherent evil of the white man. Malcolm X didn't believe in integration, which was the goal of the mainstream Civil Rights Movement; instead, he advocated for a separate black community. Find out more about the life of Malcolm X, including how he transitioned from being a criminal in prison to a nationally recognized advocate for the black community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Did Jackie Robinson Make History?
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made history by becoming the very first African American to play in a Major League Baseball team. Find out more about Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier.
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.
A Complete List of All United States Presidents
A list of the U.S. presidents, starting with George Washington (1789-1797), organized chronologically.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
What Was the First Nazi Conentration Camp?
The very first Nazi concentration camp, Dachau, was opened just weeks after Adolf Hitler become chancellor of Germany in 1933. Find out why the Dachau Concentration Camp was built and what made it unique.
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.
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.
All You Need to Know About Prohibition
Prohibition (1920-1933) was the period in United States history in which the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors was outlawed.
Where Were Nazi Concentration Camps Located?
A Holocaust map of Eastern Europe showing the locations of Nazi death and concentration camps.
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.
What Happened in the 1910s?
A list of events in world history in the decade from 1910 to 1919.
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.
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
The life of the first African-American justice of the U.S.Supreme Court. As an attorney, he had successfully argued landmark civil rights cases for the NAACP
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.
Jim Jones and Jonestown Suicides
Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple cult, was responsible for the deaths of over 900 people in the Jonestown compound in Guyana.
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.
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.
How Did Maya Angelou Go From Prostitute to...
Author and poet Maya Angelou overcame great hardship in her youth, including being raped at age 7 1/2, to become a leading female figure of the 20th century. Learn more about this amazing woman and how she went from prostitute to acclaimed author.
A Biography of Civil Rights Leader Martin...
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, introduced the concept of nonviolence into the fight for equal rights for African Americans. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and then brought the struggle into the national arena.
What Is the History of the Swastika?
The history of the swastika spans 3,000 years. Does this symbol represent good or evil?
Who Is Considered the Father of Blood Banks?
Dr. Charles Drew was a famous African-American surgeon responsible for creating the first blood banks.
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.
A Short History of the Rwandan Genocide
Beginning on April 6, 1994, the Rwandan Genocide was the slaughter slaughter of the Tutsis in the African country of Rwanda.
Madam C.J. Walker, America's First Female,...
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.
Who Was Mary McLeod Bethune?
Mary McLeod Bethune was a famous black spokesperson for education, equal rights, civil rights, and women's rights during the first half of the 20th century.
Who Murdered Emmett Till?
On August 28, 1955, two white men abducted young Emmett Till, beat him, shot him, and dumped his body in the river. Everyone knew who did it and yet the crime went unpunished.
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.
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
The Life and Illness of Basketball Legend Magic...
Playing 13 seasons with the Lakers, Magic Johnson was one of basketball's greatest players, ultimately leaving the game because he contracted HIV.
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.
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.
What Everyone Should Know About World War II
Lasting from 1939 to 1945, World War II was the largest and bloodiest war the world has ever known.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise air attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, damaging or sinking 21 ships and destroying more than 188 aircraft.
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.
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.
What Happened the Day Rosa Parks Refused to...
Rosa Parks was on her way home from work on December 1, 1955 when the bus driver asked her to give up her seat for a new white passenger. Rosa Parks refused. Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and is considered the beginning of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
Billie Holiday - The Hard Life of One of the...
Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. Her light and untrained voice was amazing, but her hard early life haunted her.
It Was the Trial of the Century - Learn About...
On May 21, 1924, two brilliant, wealthy teenagers attempted to commit the perfect crime just for the thrill of it. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped 14-year-old Bobby Franks and brutally murdered him. Although it was nearly assured that they were going to receive the death penalty, famous attorney Clarence Darrow took their case and saved their lives. Learn more about the crime and the trial of Leopold and Loeb.
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.
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.
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.
Jesse Owens,One of the Best Track Athletes of...
Jesse Owens didn't start out athletic, but by 22 years old, Jesse Owens had won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games.
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.
The Tragic Story of Dorothy Dandridge, a...
Dorothy Dandridge was incredibly beautiful and talented and yet was stunted by the racism of the age she lived in. She became famous after starring in the movie Carmen Jones (1954), earning her the first nomination of an African-American woman for the Best Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards . She appeared in other films but both her personal and professional life went downhill after this and she ultimately died of an overdose at age 42.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Was Penicillin Discovered?
In 1928, bacteriologist Alexander Fleming made a chance discovery. From a contaminated experiment, he found a powerful antibiotic, penicillin.
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.
Concentration and Death Camps Chart
A chart of death and concentration camps established by Nazis during World War II.
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.
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.
Woodrow Wilson: The Only US President With a PhD
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, tried his best to keep the U.S. out of World War I; however, Germany's acts of aggression forced his hand. After the war, Wilson helped broker a peace that included the creation of the League of Nations, which would try to prevent such future wars from occurring. Learn more about this interesting U.S. president, the only one to have earned a PhD.
How Did the Nazis Come to Power in Germany?
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.
Here's a Timeline of Major Conflicts and Wars...
A chronological list of the major wars and conflicts of the 20th century.
A Profile of Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford...
The life of the pioneering automobile manufacturer, who designed the Model T for the masses, and introduced the mechanized assembly line.
How Did the Charleston Dance Get So Popular?
The Charleston dance became popular after appearing along with the song,
How Did World War II Begin?
When Germany attacked Poland on September 1, 1939, Britain and France felt they had to declare war on Germany two days later, thus starting World War II.
Profile of Model, Actress, and Sex Symbol,...
The life of the neglected girl who became a model, pinup girl, actress, and a major movie star, before dying at age 36.
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 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?
Who Was Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Jr. was known as Mr. Entertainment because he could do just about anything -- sing, dance, act, play multiple instruments, do impressions, tell jokes, and more. But his life was filled with uncertainty and controversy. Find out more about Sammy Davis Jr.
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.
The Unhappy History that Led to the Russian...
The Russian Revolution had roots that went back decades. It began with an unhappy people and ended with a weak-minded leader. Follow the history of the Russian people as they turned their anger into revolution.
Dust Bowl
During the Great Depression, an ecological disaster affected millions of Americans living in the Great Plains. This area, affected by both an eight-year drought and massive soil erosion, became called the Dust Bowl because of the huge dust storms that made living and farming in the area untenable. Learn more about the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
Who Was Saddam Hussein?
A profile of Saddam Hussein, the ruthless dictator of Iraq from 1979 until 2003.
When Did Einstein Propose His Theory of...
In 1905, Albert Einstein wrote two papers that introduced his Special Theory of Relativity and the now famous equation E=mc2.
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.
The Very First Mickey Mouse Cartoon
Walt Disney was on a long, depressing train ride home in April 1928 when he doodled a black and white mouse with big ears and a thin tail. The character that would soon to become Mickey Mouse took the world by storm by appearing in the world's first talking cartoon, Steamboat Willie. Find out more about the history of the very first Mickey Mouse.
World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Famous black American boxer Joe Louis was the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949, the longest ever before or since.
About The Deadly Tangshan 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.
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.
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.
When Did the First Playboy Magazine Go to Print?
The first issue of Playboy Magazine, which featured Marilyn Monroe, was published in December 1953..
Learn About the 1918 Pandemic That Killed...
From March 1918 to the Spring of 1919, three waves of the Spanish flu spread quickly around the world, killing an estimated 50 million to 100 million people.
How Many of These 100 Famous Women Do You Know?
Some of the names on this list may sound familiar, others may not; however, each one of these women had an impact on the 20th century. Browse through this list and discover the fascinating stories of these 100 famous women.
From Peasant to Revolutionary, the Life of...
Pancho Villa was a Mexican revolutionary leader who is often remembered as a folk hero.
The Life of Babe Ruth, the Home Run King
Babe Ruth is often referred to as the greatest baseball player who ever lived. In 22 seasons, Babe Ruth hit a record 714 home runs. Many of Babe Ruth's numerous records for both pitching and hitting lasted for decades. Learn more about one of the most famous athletes of all time.
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.
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 the Nuremberg Laws Took Away German...
On September 15, 1935, the Nazis announced two new laws that removed citizenship from Jews and forbade them from marrying or having sex with non-Jews.
How Was Czar Nicholas II and His Family Murdered?
At 2:00 am on the morning of July 17, 1918, Czar Nicholas II, his wife, and their five children were taken to a small room downstairs and brutally murdered. Find out how and why.
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.
10 Fascinating Historical Facts About...
You may know that inauguration day is January 20, but what day did it used to be? Which President gave the shortest inauguration address? Which President's death is blamed on his inauguration? Which Vice President made a spectacle of himself while drunk? Which President did not use a Bible during his swearing in ceremony? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this list of ten interesting things you should know about inauguration day.
How Did Communism Fall From the World Stage?
Beginning with the creation of the Soviet Union, communism began to gain footing in many countries around the world, vying for control of the world against capitalism. However, in the second part of the 20th century, communism began to weaken. Find out what happened to bring down communism as a world power.
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.
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.
Learn About First Lady and UN Delegate Eleanor...
Eleanor Roosevelt was a beloved figure of the 20th century. She fought tirelessly for the rights of the underprivileged throughout her lifetime, especially during her tenure as First Lady of the United States and while serving as a delegate to the United Nations.
Josephine Baker, The First Black Superstar
Best remembered for her exotic banana dance, American-born Josephine Baker moved to France and became an international superstar.
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.
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.
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.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott
The Montgomery Bus Boycott, which challenged segregation on buses, was led by Martin Luther King and began the Civil Rights Movement.
A Profile of Innovative Inventor Nikola Tesla
Tesla was one of the most important inventors of the 20th century. Not only did he discover alternating current, which led to the current type of power supplied today, Tesla's inventions form a foundation for a multitude of everyday items still found in today's society. Learn more about this amazing inventor in this short biography of Nikola Tesla.
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?
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!
Why Was the Sinking of the Lusitania Important?
After the Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915, the loss of American citizens swayed opinion in the US in favor of joining World War I.
The Number of Jews Killed During the Holocaust...
A chart showing the number of Jews who died in each country during the Holocaust
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 Anne Frank Became One of the Most Inspiring...
During the two years and one month that Anne Frank spent hiding in a Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, she kept a diary of her experiences. Learn more about the girl behind the diary.
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.

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