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Meet Gaston Means, The Swindler Who Loved Ripping Off Bootleggers During Prohibition

Meet Gaston Means, The Swindler Who Loved Ripping Off Bootleggers During Prohibition

Gaston Means used his connections to President Warren Harding to convince bootleggers that he could protect them from the law for a price — and pocketed up to $60,000 a day.
The Story Of Lehi, The Jewish Terrorist Organization That Tried To Form An Alliance With The Nazis

The Story Of Lehi, The Jewish Terrorist Organization That Tried To Form An Alliance With The Nazis

Although never numbering more than 200, Lehi would leave a permanent mark on Israeli politics, history, and culture due to their violence.
How The Great Lisbon Earthquake Pushed Europe Into The Age Of The Enlightenment

How The Great Lisbon Earthquake Pushed Europe Into The Age Of The Enlightenment

Aftershocks of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake were felt as far away as Finland — and people were so traumatized that they questioned their faith and turned toward science.
How Japan Financed Its Military With Drug Money During World War II

How Japan Financed Its Military With Drug Money During World War II

After invading Manchuria in 1931, Japan turned much of northeast China into an opium plantation, then used the drug to subdue the population and used the profits to fund its military.
How The Mafia-Camorra War Determined The Fate Of Organized Crime In America

How The Mafia-Camorra War Determined The Fate Of Organized Crime In America

We might not even know the name Mafia today had this fledgling criminal group not narrowly defeated the rival Camorra gang in a bloody war on the streets of New York between 1915 and 1917.
Meet John Joel Glanton: The Scalp-Hunting Mercenary Who Terrorized The Old West

Meet John Joel Glanton: The Scalp-Hunting Mercenary Who Terrorized The Old West

As one of the most ruthless villains of the Wild West, John Joel Glanton and his gang terrorized the Apache for cash throughout the 1840s.
The Story Behind The Haunting Photo That Captured The Horrors Of American Slavery

The Story Behind The Haunting Photo That Captured The Horrors Of American Slavery

A slave known only as Gordon had trekked 80 miles to freedom after escaping a Mississippi plantation where he'd been whipped nearly to death. His story was quickly published — along with a gruesome photo of his injuries.
Mir Jafar: The General Who Betrayed India And Opened The Door To British Rule

Mir Jafar: The General Who Betrayed India And Opened The Door To British Rule

More than 250 years later, Mir Jafar's name is still synonymous with "traitor" in India and Bangladesh today.
How Excess Flour Dust And Rogue Sparks Produced The Washburn Mill Explosion of 1878

How Excess Flour Dust And Rogue Sparks Produced The Washburn Mill Explosion of 1878

When Cadwallader Colden Washburn built a mill in Minneapolis in 1874, it was the largest ever constructed. Just four years later, a blast caused by excess flour dust reduced it to rubble.
Meet Charlotte Corday, The Woman Who Assassinated A French Revolutionary Hero — And Inspired One Of History’s Greatest Paintings

Meet Charlotte Corday, The Woman Who Assassinated A French Revolutionary Hero — And Inspired One Of History’s Greatest Paintings

On July 13, 1793, Charlotte Corday stabbed French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat to death in his bathtub. She later claimed, "I killed one man to save 100,000."