Author: Matthew Black

The mystery of the Mayans solved?

The not-so-noble tale of the Nobel Prize

The story of America in 15 cocktails

Things you didn’t know about Ancient Egypt

30 Prohibition party photos

(At least) 30 facts you didn’t know about Elvis

Unsettling historical photos

The urban underground — The secrets beneath today’s modern cities

Missing ships and lost planes: What’s going on in the Bermuda Triangle?

The Unfortunate 15: Incomplete Presidencies

Edward Curtis: The last photos of Native American tribes

How John Wayne became an American icon

The WWII ghost bomber that mysteriously landed itself

Natural Woman: The Aretha Franklin story

The daring life of Robert Smalls

How a cartoonist took down the most corrupt and powerful politicians in New York

Rare photos that capture the magic of Woodstock

Teddy and Muir: The bromance that changed the landscape of America

Polar dash! The Ziegler Polar Expedition crushed by ice

The world’s first Photoshop expert: Stalin’s history of the Soviet Union

The River of Doubt: Teddy Roosevelt’s perilous Amazon adventure

Lucky Luciano and La Cosa Nostra

The outlaws and lawmen who put the “Wild” in Wild West

The mad monk and the Romanovs: 100 years later

Not about it! The history of counterculture

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October 20, 1864: Abraham Lincoln proclaims Thanksgiving is a national holiday

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October 18, 1775: Phillis Wheatley is freed from slavery

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The cutthroat saga behind the Cabbage Patch Kids craze


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This historical figure’s legacy? When you gotta go, don’t hold it. Unless you want to die.

October 17, 1993: Albert Einstein makes his move to America permanently

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Following the Great Depression, the economy is invented

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