Stones, Bones & Wrecks
Ötzi the Iceman Probably Loved Bacon Too
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The 12-Year-Old Who Fought In the Civil War
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10 of History's Best Compliments
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The Woman So Homesick She Walked From New York to Alaska
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The Delicious History of the White House Executive Chef
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The World's First Emergency Phone Number
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The Female Jiu-Jitsu Crew That Defended Women's Rights
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15 Things You Should Know About Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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12 Facts About Shirley Chisholm, The First African-American to Run For President
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Nellie Bly, Rabblerouser and Pioneer of Investigative Journalism
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Marie Connolly Owens, America's First Female Police Officer
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The Hidden Room Behind Mount Rushmore
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The Top-Secret Inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes
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The Presidents
35 Fascinating Facts About Presidential Inaugurations Past
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Watch 112-Year-Old Footage of Teddy Roosevelt's Presidential Inauguration
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Ben Franklin’s First Print Job on Display at the University of Pennsylvania
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Omar Knedlik of Coffeyville, Kansas, invented the Icee (also called a Slurpee, Slush, or Mr. Misty) in the late 1950s. The first flavor he offered was root beer.

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