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Thomas Blanton, Last Surviving KKK Member Who Bombed Black Church In 1963, Dies In Prison

Thomas Blanton, Last Surviving KKK Member Who Bombed Black Church In 1963, Dies In Prison

White supremacist Thomas Blanton was the last survivor of the three Ku Klux Klan members who were convicted for the attack.
Black WWI Veterans Were Honored In France And Lynched At Home During The Red Summer Of 1919

Black WWI Veterans Were Honored In France And Lynched At Home During The Red Summer Of 1919

During the Red Summer of 1919, white mobs — fueled by racial animosity, Communist paranoia, and yellow journalism — attacked Black communities across the United States with impunity.
Samuel Brownridge Was Convicted Of A Crime He Didn’t Commit At 18 — And Was Released After 25 Years

Samuel Brownridge Was Convicted Of A Crime He Didn’t Commit At 18 — And Was Released After 25 Years

"There was a failure at every level of this case... His exoneration is not going to get him back the 25 years he lost for a murder he did not commit."
44 Mythical Creatures That Early Zoologists Once Believed Were Real

44 Mythical Creatures That Early Zoologists Once Believed Were Real

Even into the 19th century, naturalists included illustrations of mythical creatures alongside real ones in scientific texts.
NASA Renames Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figures’ Engineer Mary Jackson

NASA Renames Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figures’ Engineer Mary Jackson

In 1958, Mary Jackson fought against sexism and segregation to become a NASA Engineer, and her work helped send Americans into space.
Failed Restoration Leaves Famous Painting Of The Virgin Mary Unrecognizable

Failed Restoration Leaves Famous Painting Of The Virgin Mary Unrecognizable

A private art collector said they paid a furniture restorer $1,350 to clean up a copy of a 17th-century artwork by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
Meet Hercules Mulligan, The Revolutionary War Hero Who Spied For George Washington

Meet Hercules Mulligan, The Revolutionary War Hero Who Spied For George Washington

Although he was an Irish tailor for the Redcoats, Hercules Mulligan was also a secret member of the Sons of Liberty — and the perfect Patriot spy during the American Revolution.
Newly Uncovered Settlement In Iceland Rewrites The Timeline Of The Vikings

Newly Uncovered Settlement In Iceland Rewrites The Timeline Of The Vikings

Archaeologists said it was the oldest and richest Viking settlement that has been found to date.
Spanish Fisherman Accidentally Discovers Medieval Virgin Mary Statue

Spanish Fisherman Accidentally Discovers Medieval Virgin Mary Statue

At first glance, the statue looked like a moss-covered river rock. On closer inspection, experts say it likely hung on the wall of an unidentified building in the 14th century.
How Pope Alexander VI Hosted Orgies, Kept Multiple Mistresses, And Bribed His Way To The Top

How Pope Alexander VI Hosted Orgies, Kept Multiple Mistresses, And Bribed His Way To The Top

Born Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI did everything from selling church offices to hiring 50 prostitutes in one night to secure his place as history's dirtiest pope.
How William Pester Pioneered The Hippie Lifestyle In California In The 1910s

How William Pester Pioneered The Hippie Lifestyle In California In The 1910s

Starting in 1916, William Pester began living in a hut, foraging for fruits and nuts in order to eat, and spending most of his time alone in the California desert.