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How New York’s Deadly Astor Place Riot Was Sparked By A Performance Of <em>Macbeth</em>

How New York’s Deadly Astor Place Riot Was Sparked By A Performance Of Macbeth

When an aristocratic Englishman came to New York to perform Shakespeare's Macbeth in 1849, anti-English and anti-elite rioters clashed with militia, leaving 22 dead.
James Cook: The Navigator Who Explored More Uncharted Waters Than Anyone In History

James Cook: The Navigator Who Explored More Uncharted Waters Than Anyone In History

Captain James Cook sailed for the benefit of science and to expand the British Empire. He is arguably history's most accomplished navigator but he left behind a complicated legacy.
Meet Miyamoto Musashi, Japan’s Greatest Samurai Who Wielded Two Swords

Meet Miyamoto Musashi, Japan’s Greatest Samurai Who Wielded Two Swords

Miyamoto Musashi abided by a strict set of 21 precepts for life to groom himself into becoming Japan's greatest samurai. Those tenets are still studied by ambitious businessmen today.
How Chester Nimitz Won World War II’s Pacific Theater

How Chester Nimitz Won World War II’s Pacific Theater

Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz solidified his place in history thanks to his leadership as commander of the Pacific Fleet during World War II.
The Extraordinary Life Of Aviation Legend Jimmy Doolittle

The Extraordinary Life Of Aviation Legend Jimmy Doolittle

Before World War II, Jimmy Doolittle was already a world-famous aviator, but it was his daring raid on Tokyo following the attack on Pearl Harbor that cemented his place in history.
The Battle Of Midway: How American Airpower Broke Japan’s Naval Dominance

The Battle Of Midway: How American Airpower Broke Japan’s Naval Dominance

How the great naval clash at 1942's Battle of Midway allowed the U.S. and the Allies to eventually beat the Japanese in World War II's Pacific Theater.
Harry Houdini Escaped From The Belly Of A Whale — But He Couldn’t Escape Death

Harry Houdini Escaped From The Belly Of A Whale — But He Couldn’t Escape Death

Legend has it that Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926, after an overeager fan punched him in the gut and caused his appendix to rupture. But the two events may not have been linked.
The Little Air Strike That Could: How The Doolittle Raid Turned The Tide Of World War II

The Little Air Strike That Could: How The Doolittle Raid Turned The Tide Of World War II

The Doolittle Raid, with 16 planes targeting six different Japanese cities, allowed the United States to rebound after its devastating losses at Pearl Harbor.
The Real Bill The Butcher From ‘Gangs Of New York’ Was A Xenophobic Pugilist With A Short Temper

The Real Bill The Butcher From ‘Gangs Of New York’ Was A Xenophobic Pugilist With A Short Temper

Virulently anti-Catholic and anti-Irish, William "Bill the Butcher" Poole led Manhattan's Bowery Boys street gang in the 1850s.
Meet Kublai Khan: The Mongol Ruler Who Invented The Trebuchet And The Mythic City Of Xanadu

Meet Kublai Khan: The Mongol Ruler Who Invented The Trebuchet And The Mythic City Of Xanadu

Despite his social and cultural advancements, Kublai Khan couldn't conquer like his grandfather had and his military failures would ultimately usher in the end to the Mongol Dynasty.
Was Hideki Tōjō A War Criminal Or Loyal Statesman?

Was Hideki Tōjō A War Criminal Or Loyal Statesman?

Under Hideki Tōjō's leadership during WWII, Japan conducted brutal humans experiments, enslaved thousands of "comfort women," and routinely cannibalized POWs. He would pay for these crimes with his life.