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
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
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
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 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
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
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?
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.
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 took him down.