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How Western Union Helped The U.S. Enter World War I

An intercepted telegram provided a reason for President Wilson to join the effort.

The 5 Stupidest Losses Of The American Civil War

Confederates and Union troops alike made flawed decisions with fatal consequences.

A Single Viking's Berserker Rage Changed World History Forever

His combative stance was the final stand of the Viking Age—and allowed the Norman invasion its foothold.

Why Ancient Romans Built Statues Of Their Greatest Enemy

The statues were a sign of honor for their enemy and a symbol of the strength of the empire.

The Russians Had Women's 'Battalions of Death' In World War I

With German forces approaching, Russia turned to a new source of manpower.

This Is Why Washington Wasn't Relentlessly Attacked By The Confederates

Natural barricades, manmade obstacles, and heavy reinforcements kept the capital safe.

Why the Kentucky Militia Was Most Feared by America's Enemies

During the War of 1812, no one wanted to come face-to-face with the Kentuckians.

The Bold Pirate Plan To Bring Napoleon To The United States

The Napoleon House lay awaiting its infamous tenant.

Why This Civil War Vet Marched Across England With the U.S. Flag

Gilbert Bates toured the South and England on foot in Union uniform, flag in hand.

5 Dumb Military Tactics That Actually Worked

Not every method can be a stroke of genius.

The First Aerial Bombing Run Was Made by the Italian Army

Bombing by balloon had been outlawed by the Hague Convention of 1899, but Italian forces found a workaround.

A Sixth Grade History Project Exonerated the Captain of the USS Indianapolis

Court-martialed after the sinking of the cruiser, Captain McVay's innocence was proven by Hunter Scott in 1996.

This World War I Artillery Was The Longest-Ranged Gun Ever

The Paris Gun was so named for its far-off target.

Meet the Mercy Dogs of World War I

Support dogs have a long-standing history that might surprise you.

This Is What It Was Like To Be Marooned In The Age Of Sail

Alexander Selkirk was left ashore an uninhabited island by his captain.

Watch An Interview With The Last Surviving Witness To The Lincoln Assassination

In 1956, one man reminisced about his experience in the Ford's Theater at age five.

The Wild West's Toughest Lawman Was Born A Slave

Bass Reeves was the first black deputy marshal west of the Mississippi–and one of the most beloved.

This Mayor Saved His Town By Drinking 3 Liters Of Wine At Once

A more heroic swig of wine we've never encountered.

An Awful Car Killed More Nazi Generals Than World War II

The car of the future was also the downfall of many a high-ranking Nazi.

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