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45 Amazing Facts About All 44 American Presidents | Mental Floss

Read on to discover which American president wanted to be a concert violinist, which carried a dictionary around in his pocket, and who burned his official White House portrait.

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8 Things to Know about Crispus Attucks. The First Man Killed In The American Revolution.

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Americans Have Almost Entirely Forgotten Their History

History blindness, and a lack of basic civic knowledge, is unhealthy for a free country. Today, we are too busy tearing down our history than learning from it. That needs to change.

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New Discovery Could Finally Solve Creepy Mystery Of America's 'Lost Colony'

It was one of the most profound archeolgical discoveries before it was debunked. But new research may prove the authenticty once and for all.

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10 Pivotal Facts About the French and Indian War | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Betsy Ross Probably Didn't Sew the First Flag | Mental Floss

In honor of Flag Day, we thought it was time you knew the truth: Everything you know about how the stars and stripes came to be crafted may be a lie.

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Video: A New Way of Looking at the True Human Cost of WWII

Using technology and updated numbers, filmmaker Neil Halloran dissects World War II in a new way.

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Izola Ware Curry, Who Stabbed King in 1958, Dies at 98 - NYTimes.com

In 1958, she stabbed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a Harlem book signing — an episode that a decade later would become a rhetorical touchstone in the last oration of his life.

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15 Last Survivors of Famous Events | Mental Floss

Here are 15 people who not only made history, but got to tell the tale for decades. No matter how many people are involved in an important event, one of them has to be the last to leave this earth. Here are 15 people who not only made history, but got to tell the tale for decades to come.

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All 43 Presidents, Ranked by How Hard They Partied

You want to know who the "Gentleman Boss" president was. Trust us.

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Divers begin recovery of Civil War ironclad before deepening of channel - CNN.com

The deepening of the shipping channel in Savannah, Georgia, won't be dredging up just mud and sand. It will be raising up an ironclad from the Civil War.

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Flipping Hollywood’s Blacklist Narrative

Once on a British talk show in the early 1970s, anticommunist actor John Wayne startled the host by acknowledging that there was indeed a Hollywood blacklist.  Wayne's follow-up, however, made the ...

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What 11 Common Objects Would Cost in 2015 if Colonial Taxation Still Existed | Mental Floss

It’s safe to say the American colonists were pretty upset about the taxes and tariffs imposed on imported goods in the 1760s and 1770s—upset enough to start a war. But at rates like ten shillings or a couple of pounds, the tariffs hardly sound oppressive to modern ears. That is, until you do the math...

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10 Unsolved Mysteries From World War II - Listverse

In a global conflict on the scale of World War II, there are a lot of things that slip through the cracks. Whether it's something that we refuse to admit or simply something so foreign and bizarre...

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Revolutionary war-era time capsule found in Massachusetts state house | US news | The Guardian

Researchers to use x-rays to determine contents of box historians believe Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and others placed in 1795

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Crispus Attucks: America's First Revolutionary War Casualty | Mental Floss

Who was the Revolutionary War’s first colonial casualty? A black seaman with Native American roots.

Crispus Attucks’ dramatic death made him a polarizing figure in 1770. On March 5th of that year, the infamous Boston Massacre claimed his life and left a legacy over which the emerging nation would soon struggle.

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Newly-Declassified CIA Document Says Ben Franklin Was A Security Risk

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents—but safeguarding state secrets was not among them. According to a recently released article by a CIA analyst, when Franklin was on a diplomatic mission in France, he allowed his offices to be penetrated by Bri

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200 Years Ago Today: The Burning of Washington, D.C.

(Mural by Allyn Cox, U.S. Department of State)Two hundred years ago, the United States was locked in a bitter struggle against the British Empire known as the War of 1812. For the new republic, the stakes were profoundly high. This became especially clear

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5 Other Americans Who Were Kinda, Sorta President

Students might not have to memorize these names when they're learning all the presidents, but these people were closer than a heartbeat away.