(Photo: Jay-Dell Mah Collection, courtesy of Marvin Ligon)

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 hundreds of African American players looking for new opportunities across the border.

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.

When the Bridges of Paris Ran Red with Algerian Blood

In 1961, when a group of Muslim protestors marched against a controversial government-imposed curfew, the police responded — by beating them to death, then dumping their bodies in the Seine.

The Last Time the Russians Intervened in a U.S. Election

As Kennedy and Nixon clashed in the 1960 race, Nikita Khrushchev took an unusual interest in the outcome—and two captured American airmen got caught in the middle.

They Called Her Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

The mysterious case of the first female U.S. District Attorney, and the morbid murder investigation that put her on the map.

The Secret Story of the POWs Who Tunneled Through a Toilet to Freedom

Imprisoned by the Germans, three North American soldiers spent every day in the latrine, scraping away until they reached the other side.

The Former Slave Who Became an Executioner

Louis Congo bargained for freedom in 1725. The tradeoff? He became the punisher, doling out brutal whippings, brandings and even hangings to his own people.