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WORLD HISTORY

When Sharks Became Dangerous: The Jersey Shore Attacks ...

October 19, 2019

Shark. Source: (Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) It is hard to imagine a time when sharks were not considered dangerous, but a little...

The Exploding Lakes Of Cameroon

October 15, 2019

Lakes are usually associated with serenity. The idea of a cabin by the lake is how some people dream of retiring. However, the dream would quickly become a nightmare if that once ser...

The Independent Republic Of Vermont

October 11, 2019

Before becoming the fourteenth state in the United States, Vermont was actually an independent country, declaring its independence on January 15, 1777, and remaining that way until...

Oldest And Scariest Bridges

October 10, 2019

Vehicles move along Eshima Ohashi rigid-frame bridge connecting Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, and Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, over Lake Nakaumi. Bridges come in all sizes, shapes, and l...

Rounding The Horn!

October 7, 2019

Source: (Photo by Yves Forestier/Sygma via Getty Images) At 55°58′ S, 67°16′ W sits a lonely promontory of stone seemingly at the very edge of the world. Cape Horn, the rocky southern headland at t...

Mumtaz Mahal: The Woman Who Inspired The Taj Mahal

September 27, 2019

The Taj Mahal in 2019. Source: (Photo by Diego Cupolo/NurPhoto via Getty Images) If you were asked "What is the most popular tourist attraction in India?" you would m...

The Days Of The Locusts: The Great Swarm Of 1874

September 23, 2019

A modern-day locust swarm in Madagascar. Source: ( RIJASOLO/AFP/Getty Images) Plagues of locusts are something that most people associate with stories from the Bible or...

Cenotes Of The Yucatan Peninsula

September 21, 2019

Popular among tourists in Mexico are the Cenotes, whose name comes from the Mayan word “ts’onot” which was used to describe an underground water source. There are more than six thous...

Genghis Khan's Lost Tomb

September 20, 2019

Source: (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images) Genghis Khan was the most successful conqueror in history -- he was also one of the most brutal. One would expect that a person of ...

Ned Kelly – An Australian Legend

September 19, 2019

His legacy is controversial; some consider him to be a murderous villain, while others view him as a folk hero and Australia's equivalent of Robin Hood. Edward Kelly or “Ned” as he ...

The Storming Of The Bastille

September 15, 2019

Every year on July 14, the French celebrate Bastille Day, the anniversary of the day in 1789 when the citizens of Paris stormed the 14th-century gothic prison known as the Bastille. The ...

Vintage Photos Reveal A Different Side To History Than ...

September 12, 2019

When a photo captures something really brilliant it’s able to provide context for a specific moment in history, while giving insight into the modern world. Somet...

The Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire

September 10, 2019

Ruins of Inca city on Machu Picchu. | Location: Urubamba Province, Peru. Source: (Photo by Jacques Haillot/Sygma via Getty Images) The Inca Empire was the largest empire in the wes...

The Palace of Versailles

September 6, 2019

Of all the royal residences in the world, none have such splendor as Le Château de Versailles in the Île-de-France region, south-west of Paris. While no king or queen resides in the palace t...

Sir William Curtis – Reading, Writing, And Arithmetic

September 5, 2019

Where did the three “R’s” come from anyway? It has always been said that we need to go to school to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic, but who decided on ...

Things Unseen But Have Tremendous Power

September 4, 2019

Ever stop to think about all the invisible things in the world that are invisible yet so powerful? It is not hard to imagine the power in the tangible things, which we are abl...

The Christmas Truce Of 1914

September 1, 2019

War is terrible at any time of the year, particularly when that war is World War I, the horror of which is overshadowed only by that of World War II. Being stuck in the trenches on Christ...

Mokele-Mbembe: The Living Dinosaur?

August 28, 2019

While there may be some debate over exactly how long ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the one thing that is unanimously agreed upon is that they are now extinct. After all, if dino...

Lake Peigneur And The Diamond Crystal Salt Mine Disaste...

August 25, 2019

About a two-and-a-half-hour drive west of New Orleans sits a placid lake that for all its unassuming looks was the scene of one of the most bizarre disasters...

The Dark History Of Poveglia

August 23, 2019

Located in the Venice Lagoon off the coast of Northern Italy is a small island with a big history. A history of disease, torture, and death. That island is Poveglia and, due to its dark...

Hetty Green: The Witch Of Wall Street

August 22, 2019

Nicknamed the “Witch of Wall Street,” Hetty Green was a real-life female Ebenezer Scrooge. She was a financier during the 19th and early 20th centuries and was the richest woman...

The Sea That Once Was

August 18, 2019

The remains of the Aral Sea. Source: (Photo by Taylor Weidman/LightRocket via Getty Images) Not too long ago, the Aral Sea was the fourth-largest body of water in the world. Today what remains i...

Henry Ford's Failed Utopia

August 17, 2019

In the early 20th century, British plantations in Sri Lanka had cornered the rubber market. This, curiously enough, propelled the automobile innovator and magnate Henry Ford to attempt to ...

John James Audubon: Ecology's Patron Saint

August 16, 2019

John James Audubon is a name associated with ecology and conservation. While most people are familiar with his renowned paintings of birds, Audubon’s story is a compelling ...

The Naga Fireballs: Supernatural Occurrence, Scientific...

August 15, 2019

Twice a year, a few days in May and a few days in October, glowing orbs can be seen rising from the Mekong River in northeast Thailand. No one knows exactly...

Mount St. Helens – Fire Mountain

August 12, 2019

Mount St. Helens was a beautiful snow-capped mountain but its beauty was quite deceiving. Behind that beauty was a destructive force capable of massive destruction of people, prope...

Encephalitis Lethargica: The Sleepy Sickness of the 192...

August 11, 2019

In the 1990 film Awakenings, Robin Williams starred as a 1960s doctor working with patients who had been left catatonic due to a 1920s epidemic of a mysterio...

Captain John Smith: Hero or Villain?

August 10, 2019

John Smith was a lot of things - an explorer, cartographer, and founder of the Jamestown colony as well as a writer. He was not, however, the romantic hero that Disney made him o...

Halley’s Comet Panic Of 1910

August 8, 2019

An innate part of human nature is the tendency to fear things we don’t understand. And while astronomers have been devising ways to study the heavens for centuries, the space beyond ou...

Capuchin Catacombs Of Palermo

August 7, 2019

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world and it seems there is a tourist attraction for every interest. History buffs might visit one of the many ruins from the ancient wor...

The Flight of the Spruce Goose

August 6, 2019

During World War II, Allied shipping came under heavy attack by German U-boats. As a result, the Allies looked for ways to transport men and materials safely across the Atlantic. The ...

Discovering The Rock Of Gibraltar

August 4, 2019

An amazing piece of real estate such as this huge rock has had people fighting over it ever since the year 711. There are a lot of hidden wonders that draw visitors to tour it now.T...

Marco Polo Goes to China

August 2, 2019

For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear “Marco Polo” is a swimming pool version of the children’s game "tag."  However, those who paid attention in history class wi...

Antikythera Mechanism: A Two-Thousand-Year-Old Computer...

August 1, 2019

Computers are largely thought of as a 20th-century invention. After all, computers require electricity and that wasn’t harnessed until the 19th century. Ho...

The Greatest Of The Buccaneers: Sir Henry Morgan

July 30, 2019

Of all of history’s pirates, none have gained more fame or infamy than Sir Henry Morgan. He is best known today for having a popular brand of spiced-rum named after ...

The Plains of Abraham: The Battle that Shaped Modern No...

July 27, 2019

From the time that Europeans first arrived in the Americas, colonization and conflict ruled the day. The growing overseas European empires of the Spanish, B...

A Race To Stop Death: The Dogsled Relay That Inspired T...

July 26, 2019

A musher racing the Iditarod. (Photo by Jean-Erick PASQUIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) When Dr. Curtis Welch informed the Mayor of Nome, Alaska that the to...

Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Min...

July 23, 2019

With the exception of the Grand Canyon, the Superstition Mountains, located to the east of Phoenix, are the most painted and photographed landmark in Arizo...

China's Grand Canal: A World Heritage Site

July 21, 2019

The Grand Canal. Source: (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) The world’s oldest and longest man-made waterway is China’s Grand Canal. Not as well known as the Great Wall of C...

Who Were The Neanderthals?

July 17, 2019

Neanderthal man at the human evolution exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London, England, United Kingdom. Source: (photo by Mike Kemp/Getty Images) From 430 to thirty thous...

The Curious Adventures of Cabeza de Vaca

July 12, 2019

The circuitous travels of a shipwrecked conquistador have passed on to us the most detailed information of the peoples who lived in the southeast and southwest of North Americ...

The Story of Fabergé’s Fabulous Eggs

July 10, 2019

On Easter Day in 1885, the Russian Czar, Alexander III of House Romanov, gave to his wife, Czarina Marie Fedorovna an egg. It looked like a ducks egg, with a gold band about t...

The Ruins of Machu Picchu

July 9, 2019

Named in 2007 as one of the new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is located in the mountains northwest of Cusco, Peru. While many have made the trek to visit the ruins since its dis...

SS Morro Castle Disaster

July 7, 2019

The SS Morro Castle was a cruise ship that sailed between New York and Havana during the early 1930s. Despite existing during the Prohibition and therefore offering only alcohol-free enterta...

The Life and Diary of Anne Frank

July 5, 2019

Diaries used to be what young girls would use to write their innermost thoughts and feelings in and were usually about the boys they had crushes on or the friends they had. But this ...

The Nazca Lines of Southern Peru

July 2, 2019

In the deserts of southern Peru, about 250 miles south of Lima, white lines interrupt the endless sand. From the ground level, they appear as random grooves dug into the otherwise rus...

The Legacy of Amelia Earhart

June 30, 2019

One of the most famous female aviators, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as well as the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland. ...

A Case of Mistaken Identity – Annie Oakley

June 27, 2019

Annie Oakley Trick Shooting with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show - January 01, 1900. Source: (Bettmann/Getty Image #517294102 (Original Caption) Her name has become a byword....

The Truth About Aliens and Elongated Skulls Found in Pe...

June 26, 2019

Sarmatians. Two deformed human skulls. Probably dated in the 3rd century BC. Kerch Historical and Archaeological Museum. Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Ukraine....

The Reign of Terror

June 23, 2019

The Reign of Terror, which lasted from September 1793 to July 1794, was a bloody time in France’s history. Characterized by violence and paranoia, it led to the deaths of thousands of alleged ene...

What Were the Phoenix Lights?

June 22, 2019

The 1997 event known as the Phoenix Lights has gone down in history as one of the largest UFO sightings ever. While many consider the rumors of extraterrestrial origin to have been debu...

The Dinosaur Bone Wars

June 21, 2019

The late 19th century saw an explosion in interest in dinosaurs. Two scientists, Edward Drinker Cope, and Othniel Charles Marsh were at the forefront of research and the discovery of new speci...

The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo

June 19, 2019

Being eaten by lions is usually the subject of nightmares without any basis in reality. But in late nineteenth century Kenya, nightmares became reality. Regardless of your opinion about...

It's All About the Wilsons, Baby: Some Curious Historic...

June 17, 2019

A United States hundred thousand dollar ($100,000) bill, Washington DC, mid 1930s. It is a gold certificate with Woodrow Wilson on the bill. Source: (Photo by U...

How Organized Crime Got Organized

June 16, 2019

Three gangsters involved in a shoot-out at a gas station, in a scene from an unidentified film, circa 1935. Source: (Photo by Lass/Frederic lewis/Archive Photos/Getty Images) From 193...

Was the Millennium Falcon Found at the Bottom of the Ba...

June 15, 2019

On June 19, 2011, Peter Lindberg and Dennis Asberg, members of the deep-sea exploration team called Ocean-X, discovered a strange circular object at the bott...

Mermaids: Aquatic Rescuers Or Malicious Predators?

June 14, 2019

Thanks to Disney and Hans Christian Andersen, mermaids are most often thought of as human-like creatures who live in the ocean. Despite having fishtails and the abi...

The Tragedy of the Tree of Ténéré

June 12, 2019

In the heart of the Sahara is the “desert within the desert” the brutal region of the Ténéré. This sand-duned region stretches across northeastern Niger and western Chad and is e...

The Mutiny That Created Washington, D.C.

June 11, 2019

At the end of the Revolutionary War, veterans from the Continental Army wanted to get paid and wouldn't take no for an answer. The result was one of the first major confronta...

Our Founding Fathers

June 10, 2019

Father’s Day can represent not only fathers of families but also the fathers of our country. Our founding fathers of America consisted of seven men of valor: George Washington, John Adams, Thoma...

What Is Causing the Taos Hum?

June 8, 2019

The small town of Taos, New Mexico, isn’t famous for celebrities like Julia Roberts and Dennis Hopper who have called it home. That spotlight has been stolen by a mysterious sound, know...

The Mysterious Tribe of North Sentinel Island

June 7, 2019

The idea of modern-day societies encountering cultures and people who have not met outsiders may seem like a throwback to the Age of Discovery. However, there are still ...

The Mysterious Life of William Shakespeare

June 6, 2019

The most famous playwright of all time, William Shakespeare, is also the most controversial. While his plays are the most read and performed of any playwright in history, t...

Antoni Gaudi, An Architectural Genius or Madman?

June 3, 2019

Antoni Gaudi was a very unique and talented architect. Most of his work was done in Barcelona. Not a lot is known about Gaudi as a person but his talent for architec...

History of Windmills

June 1, 2019

There have been different types and forms of windmills throughout history. The various types were created for different purposes. The very first person to use the windmill idea was Heron of Ale...

First Known Author in History: Enheduanna

May 31, 2019

The first author that signed her name to a literary work was the ancient Sumerian poet Enheduanna. There were other poems and stories that had been done but none associated ...

Australia’s Historic Nemesis: The Bunny Rabbit

May 29, 2019

Australia is home to 66 venomous species of animals. Some, like the funnel web spider, the Dubois sea snake, the taipan snake, the blue-ringed octopus, and the box je...

Crossing the Line: One of Maritime History's Oldest Tra...

May 27, 2019

Imagine that you are in a cabin aboard a ship when one night you receive a summons from King Neptune to mark your first crossing of the equator. You are to ...

The Rise and Fall of the Aztec Empire

May 26, 2019

The Aztecs were a people that lived in the middle American region in what is now known as Mexico City and the area that surrounded it back in the 14th through the 16th centuries....

What Really Happens at Area 51?

May 24, 2019

A popular topic among science fiction enthusiasts and conspiracy theorist is Area 51. Frequently connected with the 1947 incident during which a UFO allegedly crashed near Roswell, Ne...

The Amazing Harry Houdini

May 22, 2019

Harry Houdini was a man of many talents. Despite only living to the age of fifty-two, his résumé included such titles as a circus performer, aviator, actor, and writer. But it was his skil...

A Pirate Profile: The Savage François l'Olonnais

May 20, 2019

As I had written in my prior pirate profile piece on Ned Low, the pirates of the Caribbean were not Johnny Depp, but fall somewhere south of Al Capone with Jack the R...

What Caused the Patomskiy Crater?

May 17, 2019

In 1949, in Irkutsk, Siberia, a geologist happened upon a mysterious crater. To this day, scientists have yet to positively identify what caused it. At first, it was believed to be...

Atlantis: Lost City or Mythical Island?

May 16, 2019

Often with folklore and legend, it is impossible to uncover the primary source. Either the original texts are lost, or the stories are passed down from one generation to the n...

Why Did London Stink in 1858?

May 13, 2019

Today, the River Thames in England is about as picturesque a city river as one might imagine and is often cited as one of the cleanest waterways in the world. However, this was not alwa...

Amazing Mothers Throughout History

May 12, 2019

The inspiration for Mother’s Day came from Ann Reeves, from West Virginia, who not only cared for wounded soldiers during the Civil War but also helped to organize clubs that taught...

Major General Lew Wallace, Author of Ben-Hur

May 11, 2019

General Lew Wallace was the author who wrote Ben-Hur in 1880. The popular classic version of Ben-Hur was the 1959 production with Charlton Heston, who also played Moses in...

From Davy Jones’s Locker to the Flying Dutchman: The Or...

May 9, 2019

Many people will recognize Davy Jones as the name of the tentacle-faced villain of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Others may remember him from ...

The Creation of the Appalachian Trail

May 8, 2019

Views on a hike are seen throughout Lead Cove Trail and Bote Mountain Trail towards the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains. Source: (Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via...

Who Was Jimmy Hoffa?

May 7, 2019

On July 30, 1975, in Detroit Michigan, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, in what would become one of the most culturally referenced historical mysteries in United States history. Most people have at leas...