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James Watt May Not Be The Best Known Inventor, But Without Him, The Modern World May Not Exist

James Watt May Not Be The Best Known Inventor, But Without Him, The Modern World May Not Exist

John Watt's steam engine not only streamlined travel and manufacturing, but was also an impetus for the Industrial Revolution.
Barry Seal: The Real Renegade Pilot Behind Tom Cruise’s ‘American Made’

Barry Seal: The Real Renegade Pilot Behind Tom Cruise’s ‘American Made’

He worked for both the Medellin Cartel and the DEA, but eventually, his double life would come crashing down.
Night Of The Long Knives: When Hitler Had Hundreds Of Allies Killed To Solidify His Grip On Germany

Night Of The Long Knives: When Hitler Had Hundreds Of Allies Killed To Solidify His Grip On Germany

For three days in 1934 that Hitler called the "Night of the Long Knives," the chancellor ordered the execution of some 400 Nazis whom he feared threatened his power.
These Infamous Crystal Skulls Aren’t From Aztecs Or Aliens, But Just Victorian Hoax Artists

These Infamous Crystal Skulls Aren’t From Aztecs Or Aliens, But Just Victorian Hoax Artists

A 2008 study led by the Smithsonian Institute found that likely all the 13 life-size quartz crystal skulls are likely fakes.
The Trial Of Sam Sheppard: How A Media Frenzy Led To The Life Imprisonment Of A Young Doctor

The Trial Of Sam Sheppard: How A Media Frenzy Led To The Life Imprisonment Of A Young Doctor

The case of Dr. Sam Sheppard was so controversial from the outset that the federal court later ruled his initial trial a "mockery of justice."
Cairo, Illinois Was Once A Midwestern Hub Until Race-Fueled Violence Destroyed The Entire Town

Cairo, Illinois Was Once A Midwestern Hub Until Race-Fueled Violence Destroyed The Entire Town

Despite a burgeoning history, deep-seated racial tensions would eventually dismantle the town, rendering it nearly abandoned today.
Why Johnny Ringo Is The Most Interesting Old West Outlaw You’ve Never Heard Of

Why Johnny Ringo Is The Most Interesting Old West Outlaw You’ve Never Heard Of

A gentleman gunslinger who could quote Shakespeare, Johnny Ringo was a mythic gunslinger who died a mysterious death befitting his legend.
Niihau: Hawaii’s “Forbidden Island” Without Paved Roads, Plumbing, Or Police

Niihau: Hawaii’s “Forbidden Island” Without Paved Roads, Plumbing, Or Police

Purchased by a wealthy Scottish widow in 1864, the family-owned island is committed to preserving its natural and cultural history — perhaps at a dangerous cost.
Shaka: The Controversial King Of The Zulus Hailed As The “African Napoleon”

Shaka: The Controversial King Of The Zulus Hailed As The “African Napoleon”

Historians disagree on how cruel Shaka truly was as a ruler, but his military prowess was indisputable.
Inside The Terrifying But Necessary Job Of A Medieval Plague Doctor

Inside The Terrifying But Necessary Job Of A Medieval Plague Doctor

The uniform featured an all-leather ensemble with a beak-like mask stuffed with burning herbs and a top hat — which signaled that the person was, in fact, a doctor.
The Trail Of Tears: Government-Approved Ethnic Cleansing That Removed 100,000 Native Americans From Their Ancestral Lands

The Trail Of Tears: Government-Approved Ethnic Cleansing That Removed 100,000 Native Americans From Their Ancestral Lands

The Trail of Tears refers to the perilous journey of the 'Five Civilized Tribes' of the Southeast who were forced from their ancestral homelands to a designated zone in the west.