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This Week In History News, Feb. 17 – 23

This Week In History News, Feb. 17 – 23

Medieval sword found in sewer, secrets of Stonehenge's construction revealed, WWII American shipwreck uncovered.
The Tragic Story Of Maria Romanov, The Beautiful Daughter Of Russia’s Last Tsar

The Tragic Story Of Maria Romanov, The Beautiful Daughter Of Russia’s Last Tsar

Though Anastasia is more widely remembered, here's why Maria Romanov remains the most captivating daughter of Tsar Nicholas II.
Agnès Sorel: History’s First Official Royal Mistress And The Most Powerful Woman In The French Court

Agnès Sorel: History’s First Official Royal Mistress And The Most Powerful Woman In The French Court

Agnès Sorel rose to unprecedented heights of power for a woman in medieval France, yet her opponents succeeded in leaving her remembered as a power-hungry harlot.
Resurfaced Playboy Interview With John Wayne Extolls Racism, Homophobia, And White Supremacy

Resurfaced Playboy Interview With John Wayne Extolls Racism, Homophobia, And White Supremacy

John Wayne's legacy as the white, conservative Western hero of the 1950s included stances inherent to those attributes: racial superiority, homophobia, and revulsion at the changing landscape.
The Katyn Massacre: When The USSR Purged 22,000 Polish Men — Then Blamed The Nazis

The Katyn Massacre: When The USSR Purged 22,000 Polish Men — Then Blamed The Nazis

The Soviet Union even went so far as to include the Katyn Massacre among the list of Nazi war crimes presented at the Nuremberg trials.
The Story Of The Chernobyl Disaster And The Radioactive Ghost Town, Pripyat, It Left Behind

The Story Of The Chernobyl Disaster And The Radioactive Ghost Town, Pripyat, It Left Behind

When a reactor overheated and human error compounded the damage, disaster had only just begun. Chernobyl's contamination can still be felt to this day.
Scientists Assert Decorated Viking Warrior Skeleton Long-Thought To Be Male Actually Female

Scientists Assert Decorated Viking Warrior Skeleton Long-Thought To Be Male Actually Female

The skeleton was initially found in the mid-19th century and was posited to be female two years ago. After much debate and criticism, the research team confidently asserts that the high-ranking warrior skeleton is indeed "unassailably female."
How The Hays Code Censored Hollywood But Led To The Golden Age Of Film

How The Hays Code Censored Hollywood But Led To The Golden Age Of Film

The Hays Code, inspired by Catholic dogma, attempted to — and succeeded in — censoring Hollywood films for nearly three decades.
The Double Life Of Soccermom And Serial Killer Nurse, Kristen Gilbert

The Double Life Of Soccermom And Serial Killer Nurse, Kristen Gilbert

The bright snapshot of her suburban life belied a dark negative — Kristen Gilbert was a serial killer who preyed on the weakest victims: those she nursed.
In The Wake Of Nuclear Disaster, Animals Are Thriving Around Chernobyl

In The Wake Of Nuclear Disaster, Animals Are Thriving Around Chernobyl

Radiation is not deterring wildlife from entering Chernobyl's exclusion zone. But what does it mean for the animal's well-being?
Virgil Earp: The Peacekeeping Lawman Of Tombstone, Arizona

Virgil Earp: The Peacekeeping Lawman Of Tombstone, Arizona

Though he was the appointed lawman at the time of the shootout at the O.K. Corral, Virgil Earp remained obscure compared to his younger brother Wyatt.