How Nando Parrado And Roberto Canessa Brought Recent History’s Most Infamous Cannibal Incident To An End
Roberto Canessa and Nando Parrado were members of the ill-fated Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, whose survivors had to resort to cannibalism.
Elizabeth Magie: The Inventor Of Monopoly Who Tried To Teach Us Progressive Economic Ideas
Inventor of Monopoly Elizabeth Magie designed the game to reveal the dangers of land-grabbing, but we all learned the wrong lesson from it.
This Writer Argued To Keep The South Full Of Black Slaves — And White Ones Too
George Fitzhugh was a slave-owner and sociologist who had some oddly egalitarian defenses of chattel slavery.
The Forgotten Bear River Massacre May Be The Deadliest Native American Slaughter Ever
When the Bear River Massacre ended in Preston, Idaho on Jan. 29, 1863, hundreds lay dead — hundreds largely forgotten today.
Elizabeth Van Lew – The Unlikely Woman Who Started A Union Spy Ring
How Elizabeth Van Lew, a woman born to wealthy Virginia slaveholders, became one of the Union's most important spies.
This Black World War I Hero Died In Obscurity — Then Got His Due 86 Years Later
A soldier in the famed Harlem Hellfighters regiment during World War I, Henry Johnson's incredible act of bravery earned him France's highest military honor. His own country, however, took much longer to do the same.
NYC Buried Thousands Of Black People Here And Forgot About It – Until It Was Rediscovered
In 1991, excavators discovered a burial ground in lower Manhattan. Today, it's the African Burial Ground National Monument.
Nazi Camp Guard Maria Mandl Sent 500,000 Women To Their Deaths – And Loved Every Minute Of It
Maria Mandl was a particularly sadistic Nazi concentration camp guard who truly enjoyed tormenting and killing prisoners.
Havelock Ellis: The Man Who Dared To Write About Homosexuality, Masturbation, And Drugs In Victorian England
Meet Havelock Ellis, the man who wrote the first English medical textbook on homosexuality — all the way back in 1897.
Emma Darwin: The Incestuous Bride Of The Father Of Evolution
While Emma Darwin's marriage to first cousin Charles Darwin may have been a happy one, it demonstrated the dark consequences of inbreeding.
Vivien Thomas Was A Pioneering Cardiac Surgeon – With No Medical Degree
Vivien Thomas did groundbreaking work in the field of cardiac medicine. Incredibly, he had no medical degree.