Inside The ‘Better Babies’ Contests That Judged American Infants Like Livestock
"Better Babies" contests scored children on a 1,000-point scale that was generated based on the racist principles of eugenics.
How Ernest Shackleton Led His Crew Through 497 Days Of Being Trapped In Antarctica
In 1914, Ernest Shackleton was determined to walk across Antarctica. But when ice trapped his ship Endurance, his mission instantly changed from exploration to keeping his crew safe.
How The Automat Paved The Way For Fast Food In The Early 1900s
Automats were efficient vending machine-style restaurants that signaled to many Americans that the future in dining had arrived. So what happened to them?
Inside The Whiskey Rebellion That Shook The Newly-Formed United States To Its Core
After the Revolutionary War, most Americans were ready for peace. But in 1791, a tax on distilled spirits sparked rebellion once again as thousands took up arms against their newly-founded country in the Whiskey Rebellion.
Meet Benny Binion, The Murderous Texas Gangster Who Turned Las Vegas Into ‘Sin City’
From running the rackets in Dallas to revolutionizing casinos in Las Vegas, Benny "Cowboy" Binion was perhaps the most notorious gambler in American history.
The ‘Savage’ Works Of Artemisia Gentileschi, The Painter Who Got Revenge On Her Rapist Through Her Art
Italian Baroque master Artemisia Gentileschi endured a torturous trial that ended with her abuser walking free before channeling her rage into some of history's most violent paintings.
Inside Poveglia Island’s History Of Death And Madness
Venice's Poveglia Island was a quarantine center and mass grave for victims of bubonic plague, earning it the nickname "Island of Ghosts."
The Life Of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s Last Monarch
Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii was the island kingdom's last monarch, overthrown by American sugar planters in 1893 with the help of U.S. Marines.
The Tragic Tale Of Clara Bow, The Original Flapper Girl Who Took Hollywood By Storm
Actress Clara Bow was hailed as Hollywood's original "It Girl" and she made 57 films in just under a decade before vanishing the scene at just 28 — and dying in seclusion.
How Did Hitler Die? The True Story Of His Final Days And Suicide In His Berlin Bunker
From the mysterious fate of his remains to the conspiracy theories and hidden truths about his demise, this is the full story of Adolf Hitler's death.
How Doctors Made George Washington’s Death An Agonizing Affair
When news broke of George Washington's death on December 14, 1799, it came as shock to the nation. For him, it was an excruciating, hours-long ordeal.