Who Invented The Light Bulb? Meet The Pioneering Men Before Thomas Edison Got All The Credit
Nearly 80 years before Edison got his patent, these largely-forgotten scientists created the first light bulbs — so why haven't you heard of them?
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
Norilsk is a Russian city of extreme cold and extreme pollution, yet 177,000 people have still choose to live there.
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.
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
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
"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."
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.
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
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
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.