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Harriet Tubman was the First Woman to Lead a U.S. Military Operation

Tubman led 150 men in a military operation that freed 750 enslaved people and wreaked havoc on Confederate troops.

History Buffs Will be Surprised by These Fascinating Facts about Grover Cleveland

The 22nd and 24th U.S. president lived a historically groundbreaking life.

This Once-Enslaved Woman Disguised Herself as a Man to Enlist in the U.S. Army

Cathay Williams was inspired to join the U.S. Army during her time pressed into service in the Civil War.

The British Struck an Early Resounding Blow in the American Revolution

During the early Battle of Long Island, a British victory left American forces dejected.

Life Aboard WWII Submarines Was Brutal

The size of the submarines, a lack of ventilation, and the novelty of submarine warfare led to some uncomfortable situations.

15 Father's Day Gifts for Every History-Lovin' Dad

Whether you're treating your father or yourself, these history gifts will please for years to come.

8 Times Truth Was Stranger than Fiction in the Wild West

The conquering of the West made ripe grounds for unbelievable moments.

The Dirty Truth of Medieval Knighthood

Being a knight wasn't really about wooing fair maidens or grand quests—it was hard, dirty work.

The Real Terry and the Pirates: How the Sino-Japanese Struggle Became America’s War

A seminal cartoon presaged the American entrance into the Pacific Theater.

The Battle of Belleau Wood was One of WWI's Most Important, Forgotten Battles

The US Marines’ greatest stand came in the final months of World War I.

Outspoken AIDS Activist Larry Kramer Has Passed Away at 84

Kramer was famous—and infamous—for his larger-than-life tactics.

Take a Fresh Look at WWI with 8 Rarely Seen Photos of The Great War

These infrequently shared photos re-contextualize the global conflict.

The Secret Feud That Made the Chrysler Building the World's Tallest

On May 26, 1930, the Chrysler Building officially opened, becoming the world's tallest building.

Germanicus: The Great Military Mind of Ancient Rome

Despite widespread adulation of Germanicus, many mysteries about the capable leader remain.

This Marine Came Back To His Family 5 Years After He Died

Ronald Ridgeway survived long years in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp.

TRAILER: Spike Lee Takes on Vietnam in Da 5 Bloods

The acclaimed director's next film will drop on Netflix on June 12.