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Duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, illustration after a painting by J. Mund.
Pistols at Dawn? 10 Famous Duels

The origins of dueling are uncertain, but by the 16th century duels had become a popular means of settling real or imagined slights.

Beacon Lights of History, Vol. XI, by John Lord, 1902
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A Brief (and Fascinating) History of Money

We think about it all the time, but how much do we really know about money?

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Magna Carta
Magna Carta
Magna Carta, charter of English liberties granted by King John on June 15, 1215, under threat of civil war and reissued, with alterations, in 1216, 1217, and 1225. By declaring the sovereign to be subject to the rule of law and documenting the liberties held by “free men,” the Magna Carta provided
The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863. (Civil War, Pennsylvania)
9 Worst Generals in History
Those who can, lead. Those who can’t,...well, nothing seems to stop them from trying.
Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone, ancient Egyptian stone bearing inscriptions in several languages and scripts; their decipherment led to the understanding of hieroglyphic writing. An irregularly shaped stone of black granite 3 feet 9 inches (114 cm) long and 2 feet 4.5 inches (72 cm) wide, and broken in antiquity,
golf. Competitive and cheating golfer wears golf gloves on golf club greens and prepares golf ball for lucky hole in one. Unsportsmanlike, sports, cheater
7 Unsportsmanlike Sportsmen
Athletes behaving badly.
Vietnam War
Vietnam War
Vietnam War, (1954–75), a protracted conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam and its allies in South Vietnam, known as the Viet Cong, against the government of South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. Called the “American War” in Vietnam (or, in full, the “War
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Events of the Ancient Olympic Games
The Olympic Games began in Olympia, Greece, in 776 BCE and took place every four years until 393 CE. They were held in honor of Zeus. At the first Games, athletes competed in only one running event held on a single day. However, over the years other events were added, and the Games eventually were expanded to five days.

Spotlight: World War I

The international conflict was virtually unprecedented in the slaughter, carnage, and destruction it caused, embroiling most of Europe along with Russia, the U.S., the Middle East, and other regions. WWI led to the fall of four great imperial dynasties, resulted in the Bolshevik Revolution, and, by destabilizing Europe, laid the groundwork for WWII.


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What’s On Your Money Quiz
Do you have the skills to know your bills?
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France: A History Quiz
What French woman was arrested for wearing men’s clothing? What French landmark was supposed to last only 20 years?
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles to the crowd from Buckingham Palace (London, England) balcony at the end of the Platinum Pageant in London on June 5, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. The curtain comes down on four days of momentous nationwide celebrations to honor Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee with a day-long pageant lauding the 96 year old monarch's record seven decades on the throne. (British royalty)
Fit for a King (or Queen): the British Royalty Quiz
Acing this quiz would be a crowning achievement.
Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd of approximately 7,000 people on May 17, 1967 at UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza in Berkeley, California.
Who Said It? Famous Quotes Quiz
Can you name the people associated with these famous quotations?


Learn about the journey of Nelson Mandela, from a shepherd to the first Black president of South Africa
Learn about the journey of Nelson Mandela, from a shepherd to the first Black president of South Africa
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