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Unearthed! Piltdown Man

 Unearthed! Piltdown Man

The Piltdown Man is one of the world’s most infamous instances of scientific fraud, and it derailed the study of evolution for decades. See more »

The Palmer Raids, Part 2

 The Palmer Raids, Part 2

After WWI, thousands of immigrants in the U.S. were rounded up, many without cause or warrant, and kept in horrifying conditions. See more »

The Palmer Raids, Part 1

 The Palmer Raids, Part 1

After WWI, there was a great deal of fear that Communist revolutionaries would try to take over the country. See more »

Alabama Governor George Wallace

 Alabama Governor George Wallace

Wallace was one of the most prominent voices against the Civil Rights Movement and its objectives. See more »

James Webb and NASA’s Early Days

 James Webb and NASA’s Early Days

People are often surprised to learn that the namesake for the James Webb Space Telescope wasn't a scientist or engineer, but a lawyer and bureaucrat. See more »

The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2)

 The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2)

The riot at Attica Correctional Facility in September 1971 remains a significant moment in the history of the U.S. prison system. See more »

Life at Attica, 1971 (Part 1)

 Life at Attica, 1971 (Part 1)

In 1971, conditions at Attica were at a point where they were humiliating, dehumanizing and counterproductive to rehabilitation. See more »

The Hagley Woods Murder

 The Hagley Woods Murder

In 1943, a skeleton was found in a tree near Birmingham, England, launching a murder investigation which has never been conclusively solved. See more »

Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol

 Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol

From 1897 to 1962, a small theater in Paris gave became famous for its grisly, terrifying plays. See more »

The Cod Wars

 The Cod Wars

A fishing territory dispute between Iceland and the U.K. started off with a cordial tone, but escalated into a serious conflict. See more »