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The History Of The First Lightbulb And Who Really Invented It

The History Of The First Lightbulb And Who Really Invented It

While Thomas Edison is credited with inventing the first practical incandescent bulb in 1879, the story of who invented the lightbulb is much more complicated.
The Complicated Legacy Of Captain James Cook, The Historic Navigator Who Violently Opened The Pacific To The West

The Complicated Legacy Of Captain James Cook, The Historic Navigator Who Violently Opened The Pacific To The West

Captain James Cook sailed to expand scientific knowledge — and the British Empire. He is arguably history's most accomplished navigator, but his voyages were not without controversy.
Meet Chester W. Nimitz, The Seasick Admiral Who Defeated The Japanese Navy In World War II

Meet Chester W. Nimitz, The Seasick Admiral Who Defeated The Japanese Navy In World War II

Chester Nimitz joined the U.S. Navy as a last resort but would go on to become one of its greatest admirals after pioneering a new form of naval warfare that won the battle for the Pacific.
Carmine Galante Had A Mental Age Of 14 — And Was The King Of Heroin

Carmine Galante Had A Mental Age Of 14 — And Was The King Of Heroin

Utterly ruthless, Carmine "Lilo" Galante became best known for masterminding the heroin trade and the grisly gangland execution that ended his reign.
Discover The Truly Grim History Behind The Fairy Tale Of Hansel And Gretel

Discover The Truly Grim History Behind The Fairy Tale Of Hansel And Gretel

When a great famine struck Europe in 1314, mothers abandoned their children and in some cases, even ate them. Scholars believe that these tragedies gave birth to the story of Hansel and Gretel.
Meet Anna Coleman Ladd, The Sculptor Who Created Masks For Mutilated World War I Soldiers

Meet Anna Coleman Ladd, The Sculptor Who Created Masks For Mutilated World War I Soldiers

Before plastic surgery became mainstream, Anna Coleman Ladd used her artistic talents to help improve the lives of disfigured French and American veterans.
Inside The Harsh World Of Norilsk, The Siberian City At The Edge Of Earth

Inside The Harsh World Of Norilsk, The Siberian City At The Edge Of Earth

Norilsk is a Russian city of extreme cold and extreme pollution, yet 177,000 people have still choose to live there.
How 21-Year-Old Airman William Pitsenbarger Saved 9 Lives Against All Odds In Vietnam

How 21-Year-Old Airman William Pitsenbarger Saved 9 Lives Against All Odds In Vietnam

After William Pitsenbarger helped rescue as many as 60 soldiers during one particularly fierce battle, he stayed on the ground and helped them fight.
Franz Stigler, Charlie Brown, And A Friendship Born From The Horror Of War

Franz Stigler, Charlie Brown, And A Friendship Born From The Horror Of War

When Luftwaffe pilot Franz Stigler had American bomber Charlie Brown's defenseless plane in his sights in 1943, he not only let him go but then escorted him out of danger. A half-century later, the two men became close friends.
Meet Charity Adams Earley, The Highest-Ranking African American Female Officer Of World War II

Meet Charity Adams Earley, The Highest-Ranking African American Female Officer Of World War II

"You don't know you're making history when it's happening," said Charity Adams Earley, the trailblazing Army battalion commander. "I just wanted to do my job."
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How The Tirpitz Went From Nazi Flagship To Naval Calamity

The German battleship Tirpitz was the largest ever built by a European power but proved too costly to risk in an actual battle. The British blew it up anyway.