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The Scopes Trial

The Scopes Trial played out in Dayton, Tennessee, in the summer of 1925. It all stemmed from a state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution. See more »

Hitler’s Early Rise and the Night of the Long Knives

Over the course of several days in 1934, Adolf Hitler eliminated all of his political enemies, enabling him to declare himself Fuhrer. See more »

Horace de Vere Cole and the Dreadnought Hoax

In his most brazen prank, Cole schemed to gain access to the HMS Dreadnought by getting his friends to pretend they were Abyssinian royalty. See more »

The Philadelphia MOVE Bombing

After a protracted, contentious relationship with Philadelphia police, the MOVE organization's home was bombed in 1985. See more »

The Kentucky Derby's First 50 Years

Since its inception, the Derby has become the nation's most famous and prestigious horse racing event. See more »

Abbott and Costello, Part 2

Abbott and Costello made it big in Hollywood during WWII, but the later part of their career together was beset by tragedy and problems. See more »

Abbott and Costello, Part 1

The comedy team of Abbott and Costello created some of the most memorable sketches in history. Part 1 covers their rise to fame. See more »

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is one of the modern world's most infamous incidents of unethical medical research. See more »

A Brief History of Foreign Food in the U.S.

One of the most diverse things about the U.S. is its food industry. But foods brought to the U.S. via immigration were initially viewed suspiciously. See more »

Three Nuclear Close Calls

There have been many moments in history when the world came perilously close to a full-scale nuclear war, due to false alarms or miscommunication. See more »