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The USS Akron Airship Disaster: Worse Than The Hindenburg

When the sailors aboard the German merchant ship Phoebus pulled Lt. Commander Wiley from the icy Atlantic, they didn’t know what happened. They wouldn’t…

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1980: Candace Lightner Turned Tragedy Into Action & Changed The World

On their way to a church carnival, walking along a quiet road, the Lightners were consumed with thoughts of cotton candy and the thrill…

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The Free State Of Van Zandt

In 1867, the county of Van Zandt attempted to secede not only from Texas, but from the Union. They didn’t much trust the concept…

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Triple Ace; Brigadier General Robin Olds’ Mustache Once Beat Up Chuck Norris

When Robin Olds’ father, Major General Robert Olds, took his eight-year-old son up for his first flight in a biplane, that sealed it. Robin…

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Edith Wilson: That Time A Woman Ran The White House

When Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States suffered a stroke during his second term, his wife Edith Wilson took over facilitating…

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A Tale Of Two Wests; The Odd Doppelganger Case Behind Modern Fingerprinting

That strange day in 1903 when M.W. McClaughry checked Will West into Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas, he was sure he’d already done so two…

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Back When Germany Lost A Ton Of Cash Trying To Colonize Texas

By the end of the 1840s, the Adelsverein or Verein for short was almost bankrupt. They’d moved thousands of Germans to Texas, but none…

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Viktor Belenko: The Cold War Defector Who Thought The FBI Planted Stores With Goods

On September 6th, 1976, when Viktor Belenko dropped his MiG-25 to the treeline and turned off his radio he knew he wasn’t the first…

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Steamboat Sultana: The Maritime Disaster Nobody Cared About Because Abraham Lincoln

When the explosion pitched passengers from the deck of Sultana into the blackness of night, the first suspicion anyone had was sabotage. Someone must…

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Ryan White, The Boy With AIDS Who Changed The World

Kokomo, Indiana: When doctors advised Ryan White’s parents, Jeanne Hale and Hubert White, of the bad news, the infant boy had just opened his…

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