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Artist’s view of bright spots on Ceres imaged by the Dawn spac The Discovery of ‘Planet’ Ceres

For a long time, astronomers believed that there must have been a planet lurking in the gap between Mars and Jupiter. What they found was Ceres, and this object's story is one of scientific cattiness and our ever-evolving understanding of space.

Persepolis (Takht-e-Jamshid). Apadana Palace. Ruins. First palace built under Darius I. The Achaemenid Empire

The Achaemenid Empire was founded by Cyrus II in the 6th century B.C.E., and it became an empire unlike any the world had seen up to that point.

Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin during an interview at t Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)

Because of his previous ties to the Communist Party, his race, and his sexual orientation, the McCarthy era was extremely dangerous for Rustin. This was one of many reasons why his activism focused on other countries in the 1950s.

Bayard Rustin At Work Bayard Rustin, ‘Angelic Troublemaker’ (Part 1)

Bayard Rustin was an openly gay black man born in 1912. He spent his life working tirelessly for equal rights, peace, democracy, and economic equality, including being one of the primary planners of the 1963 March on Washington.

Harriet Tubman (c.1820-1913) African-American born in slavery, escaped 1849, and became leading Abolitionist. Activeas a 'conductor' in the Underground Railroad. Photograph as an old woman. Harriet Tubman, Union Spy (Part 2)

There was a whole lot more to Harriet Tubman’s life and work than her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. During the United States Civil War, she worked as a Union spy, eventually earning the nickname "General."

Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad (Part 1)

Most people are familiar with her involvement with the Underground Railroad, but Harriet Tubman was also a spy for the Union during the Civil War, among many other things. Untangling the truth from the myth is the trickiest part of her story.

Hairstyling By Raymond Bessone Raymond Bessone, Mister Teasie-Weasie

British hair guru Raymond Bessone became the first celebrity hair stylist by leveraging the post-war desire for glamour and his own innate skill at marketing. His larger-than-life persona and skill with shears made his coiffures the pinnacle of style.

Saint John the Baptist and Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, 1480. Artist: Master of St. Gudule (active End of 15th cen.) Saint Gertrude of Nivelles

She's sometimes called the patron saint of cats, and the story of Gertrude's religious devotion starts when she was just a young child. Her family's history is important, because they formed the roots of the Carolingian dynasty.

Heimaey-600x350 The Eruption at Heimaey

In 1973, after a series of earthquakes, a fissure opened up on the eastern side of the Icelandic island of Heimaey. As the eruption developed over time, it became more dangerous, and a variety of measures were undertaken to stop the flow of lava.

Gunta-Stolzl-p-600x350 The Women of Bauhaus

While the Bauhaus school is well known, and its original manifesto proclaimed an environment of equality, most of the women who went to the school were ushered into specific courses, rather than given their choice of studies.

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