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This Daring Brit’s Long-Lost WWII Diary Chronicles London’s Darkest Days

As Nazi bombs rained, an aging architect risked his life to protect the greatest symbol of England's resistance: St. Paul’s Cathedral. And he documented every moment.

The Secret History Behind England’s Deadly Sarin Gas Plant

During the Cold War, at a single facility, the British military covertly produced enough chemical weapons to kill every person on earth five times over – and in the process...

In 1913, She Walked Down the Aisle Disguised as a Man

Colorado’s first same-sex marriage happened more than a century ago, when a lovable rogue named Helen Hilsher — posing as "Jack Hill" — married her sweetheart.

The Secret Story of the Groundbreaking Boxing Champ Who Lost His Title — Because He Was Gay

This Latino immigrant moved to 1920s New York with nothing and took on the sports establishment. Then the establishment took him down.

That Time Sigmund Freud Nearly Killed a Patient—and Then Got Hooked on Cocaine

In 1895, the young psychoanalyst tried to treat a young woman’s stomach pains by stuffing her nose full of cocaine. His unexpected failure sent him on a course of drug addiction...

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The Secret History of Black Baseball Players in Canada’s Great White North

When Jackie Robinson broke the Major League color barrier seventy years ago, it was a triumphant step forward. It also meant the inevitable end of the proud Negro Leagues, sending...

I Met with Martin Luther King Minutes Before He Was Murdered

He was the only man with the power to unite my militant black power group and his civil rights movement. Then, 49 years ago today, a single bullet changed history.

Meet the Kim Kardashian of the 1890s

How an unexceptional vaudeville performer turned a lurid tabloid scandal into national fame and a lucrative personal brand.

He Killed 140 Men in the Electric Chair. Then He Took His Own Life.

The man who operated New York State’s “Old Sparky” was calm, collected and always professional. No one knew that every flick of the switch was tearing him apart.