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How Journalism Was Banned In WW1
How Journalism Was Banned In WW1

British reporters risked their lives to cover the Great War

The 5 Worst Motor Racing Crashes
The 5 Worst Motor Racing Crashes

Racing drivers dice with death every day and sometimes the worst really does happen.

6 Incredible Engineering Marvels
6 Incredible Engineering Marvels

From a radio telescope that might just find aliens, to a truly terrifying rollercoaster.

What Happened At Le Mans 1955?
What Happened At Le Mans 1955?

It should have been one of the greatest races of all time. Instead, it became a bloodbath.

6 Things You Need To Know About Apollo 11
6 Things You Need To Know About Apollo 11

To celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing on 21st July, here’s our guide.

How did Mussolini really die?
How did Mussolini really die?

The killing of the Fascist dictator has fuelled bizarre conspiracy theories.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Kray Twins
5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Kray Twins

Did you know there was a third Kray brother? Or what they got up to in prison?

Lenin: Heroic Visionary Or Cruel Tyrant?
Lenin: Heroic Visionary Or Cruel Tyrant?

Was he the “good” predecessor or a brutal dictator?

What Are The Ides Of March?
What Are The Ides Of March?

Delving into the meaning and mystery of one of history’s most notorious dates…

5 Incredibly Eerie Abandoned Structures
5 Incredibly Eerie Abandoned Structures

From the Nazi holiday resort to the ghost town island which once witnessed slave labour…

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Trains
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Trains

Because there’s more to the history of trains than delays and signalling errors…

A Medieval Guide To Building Castles
A Medieval Guide To Building Castles

What did it take to build the castles of Britain's landscape?

Was Henry VIII a Good or Bad King?
Was Henry VIII a Good or Bad King?

He certainly stamped his personality upon the nation.

We Don’t Know Our Hogwarts From Our Windsor Castle
A Towering Castle Confusion

We don’t know our Hogwarts from our Windsor Castle.

Henry VIII’s Mega Divorce Settlement (and Annual £6m Booze Bill)
The Modern Day Cost Of Castle Living

New research identifies Henry VIII’s mega divorce settlement (and annual £6m booze bill.)

Eva Braun – Innocent Or Complicit?
Eva Braun – Innocent Or Complicit?

Should Hitler’s wife be thought of as a tragic figure, or a callous character?

How Christmas Became Christmas
How Christmas Became Christmas

Ever wondered how some of our favourite festive traditions came to be...?

7 Things You Need To Know About The Battle Of The Bulge
7 Things You Need To Know About The Battle Of The Bulge

What Winston Churchill called “the greatest American battle of the war” began…

6 Things You Didn’t Know About William The Conqueror
6 Things You Didn’t Know About William The Conqueror

Crowned on Christmas Day, 1066, our first Norman king changed the course of the nation.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About The 60s
6 Things You Didn’t Know About The 60s

From the shocking incident that sparked a war, to the truth behind Woodstock…

6 Things You Didn’t Know About The 70s
6 Things You Didn’t Know About The 70s

What was the first popular video game? And why did NYC briefly descend into civil war?

Did The US Let Pearl Harbor Happen?
Did the US let Pearl Harbor Happen?

Paranoid theory or ugly truth?

Margaret Thatcher: Great Prime Minister?
Was Thatcher a great PM?

Are millions wrong to loathe her?

Was JFK A Good Or Bad President?
Was JFK A Good Or Bad President?

Was John F. Kennedy more of a hazard than a hero?

6 Historic Items Which Sold For Big Money At Auction
6 Historic Items Sold Big At Auction

From letters of one of WWII’s most tragic victims to Napoleon's hat…

Britain Is A Nation of History Hoarders
Britain Is A Nation of History Hoarders

75% of people keep historical items hoping they will be worth something in the future.

5 Things You Need To Know About the Armistice
5 Things You Need To Know About the Armistice

Here are some fascinating facts on the day which ended the carnage of the Great War.

Guy Fawkes: Terrorist Or Freedom Fighter?
Guy Fawkes: Terrorist Or Freedom Fighter?

How SHOULD we regard Guy Fawkes?

What Would the Mona Lisa, Rembrandt, Raphael and The Blue Boy Looked Like as Photos?
Mona Lisa, Rembrandt, Raphael and The Blue Boy as Photos

We see what they would have looked in real life for the very first time...

Could The Loch Ness Monster Actually Exist?
Does Nessie Exist?

Is there really something lurking in Loch Ness?

6 Things You Need To Know About The Battle Of Hastings
6 Things On The Battle Of Hastings

To mark the 950th anniversary of Hastings.

Simon Wiesenthal – Hero or Conman?
Simon Wiesenthal – Hero or Conman?

Is it unthinkable to question his reputation?

5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Blitz
5 Facts About The Blitz

It sparked a sexual revolution...

5 Brutal British Murderers You’ve Never Heard Of
5 Brutal British Murderers You’ve Never Heard Of

From the Blackout Killer to the Camden Ripper.

Did Jack The Ripper Actually Exist?
Did Jack The Ripper Actually Exist?

Was the infamous killer a real person, or just a part of Victorian England’s imagination?

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Stalingrad
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Stalingrad

Today in 1942, the hellish battle began.

Did King Charles I Deserve To Be Executed?
Did Charles I Deserve To Die?

Would you have voted for or against his execution?

6 Olympics Scandals And Controversies
The Nazi Games And Other Olympics Controversies

From Hitler's big showpiece to the first doping scandal.

Was It Right For The US To Take In Wernher von Braun?
Was NASA Right To Recruit A Nazi Scientist?

He knew about slave labour. Should his reputation have been trashed?

Unearthing World War Two: The Battlefields
Unearthing WWII Battlefields

The lingering mysteries from three of the war’s great battles...

5 Things You Didn’t Know About The History Of Tennis
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tennis

Let’s look back at the colourful, regal, even controversial history of tennis.

A Beginner’s Guide To The Dam Busting Bouncing Bombs
A Beginner’s Guide To Bouncing Bombs

A symbol of Allied derring-do.

Were Elizabeth I And Robert Dudley Lovers?
Were Elizabeth I And Robert Dudley Lovers?

They were the most talked about celebrity “couple” of their day.

Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen?
Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen?

Historian Tracy Borman looks into the evidence.

Was the Great Escape a Reckless Mistake?
The Great Escape: Was It A Reckless Mistake?

The daring breakout from Stalag Luft III.

The Normandy Landings In Realtime Tweets
The D-Day Landings In Realtime

The largest seaborne invasion in history.

The Battle of Jutland: Should the British Have Done Better?
Should the British Have Done Better at Jutland?

It was the biggest, deadliest naval battle of WW1.

4 Reasons Why Dunkirk Was Such An Incredible Achievement
The Story Of The Dunkirk Evacuation

It was the defeat that became a miraculous victory...

Who Killed Georgi Markov?
Who Killed Georgi Markov?

The Umbrella Murder was one of the most notorious crimes of the Cold War.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Terracotta Army
5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Terracotta Army

Guarding the tomb of an emperor for millennia.

7 Things You Should Know About Shakespeare
7 Things You Should Know About Shakespeare

He gave us immortal characters.

What Happened During Shakespeare's Lost Years?
What Happened During Shakespeare's Lost Years?

The Bard’s life is full of mysteries...

What Was The Battle Of Vimy Ridge?
What Was The Battle Of Vimy Ridge?

The skirmish which would create an entire country’s national identity.

Should Edward VIII Have Abdicated?
Should Edward VIII Have Abdicated?

Was the monarch right to choose love over duty?

6 Incredible Things You Need To Know About The Great Escape
6 Things You Need To Know About The Great Escape

What it took to break free from Stalag Luft III…

Oliver Cromwell: Hero Or Villain?
Oliver Cromwell: Hero Or Villain?

Historians have been arguing for centuries...

Did Hitler Survive World War Two?
Did Hitler Survive World War Two?

Did the Fuhrer flee Germany to enjoy a long, peaceful retirement in South America?

Could Vampires Possibly Be Real?
Could Vampires Possibly Be Real?

Immortal, undead bloodsuckers are clearly the stuff of fiction and folklore. Or are they?

A Brief History of Mothering Sunday
A Brief History of Mothering Sunday

How did this annual celebration of maternity actually begin?

5 Things You Need To Know About Leap Years
5 Things You Need To Know About Leap Years

Some fascinating facts about this recurring event…

Is The Ark Of The Covenant Really In Ethiopia?
Is The Ark Of The Covenant Really In Ethiopia?

People believe the Ark of the Covenant is under lock and key in an Ethiopian chapel.

Henry VIII: Mighty Monarch Or Misogynistic Monster?
Mighty Monarch Or Misogynistic Monster?

Can Henry VIII's reputation ever be truly resolved?

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alcatraz
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alcatraz

You know it’s a forbidding, isolated fortress...

How Did The Holocaust Happen?
How Did The Holocaust Happen?

It wasn't simply the sheer scale of the killings, but the method behind the madness...

Why Christmas Was Banned, And 7 Other Strange Festive Facts
7 Strange Festive Facts

From the first ever Nativity to the real Santa Claus...

5 Modern Day Berlin Walls
5 Modern Day Berlin Walls

All around the world other territories still have their own walls.

4 Disturbing Victorian Murderers You Might Not Have Heard Of
4 Disturbing Victorian Murderers You Might Not Have Heard Of

The 19th Century had a real rogues’ gallery of eerie killers…

6 UFO Sightings From Long Ago
6 UFO Sightings From Long Ago

Spotting strange things in the heavens isn’t a new phenomenon.

5 Things You Never Knew About The Tower Of London
5 Things You Never Knew About The Tower Of London

Behold the strange secrets and stories behind an icon of London’s landscape…

Weird Nazi Obsessions
Weird Nazi Obsessions

Some Nazis nursed a range of utterly bizarre ideas.

The 5 Most Iconic Steam Engines
The 5 Most Iconic Steam Engines

Hulking and magnificent.

A Fast Track History Of Steam Locomotives
A Fast Track History Of Steam Locomotives

And the incredible pioneers who made it happen.

The Tower Of London’s Most Famous Inmates
The Tower Of London’s Most Famous Inmates

Many infamous figures have called the Tower home.

The 4 Ghost Ships As Eerie As The Mary Celeste
The 4 Ghost Ships As Eerie As The Mary Celeste

Ghost ships have been found on the high seas right into the 21st Century…

5 Theories On What Happened To The Mary Celeste
5 Theories On What Happened To The Mary Celeste

There have been many theories on this mystery, some more convincing than others…

The Curious Modern History Of Stonehenge
The Curious Modern History Of Stonehenge

And by modern we mean since the days of Henry VIII...

5 Grisly Facts About The Battle Of Waterloo
5 Grisly Facts About The Battle Of Waterloo

In 1815, on a soggy field in Belgium, the fate of Europe was forged in blood.

The Science of Snowflakes
The Science of Snowflakes

Beautifully delicate in structure, but what is the science behind the snowflake?

What Would England Look Like Without History's Spies?
What Would England Look Like Without History's Spies?

London goes back to the future with our ‘History’s Ultimate Spies report’ by Tracy Borman.

5 Strangest Dictators Of Modern Times
5 Strangest Dictators Of Modern Times

Meet the five dictators who were as peculiar as they were powerful…

Four Wars You May Never Have Heard Of
Four Wars You May Never Have Heard Of

One has the distinction of being the shortest war ever waged…

The Five Other Triangles As Spooky As The Bermuda Triangle
The Five Other Triangles As Spooky As The Bermuda Triangle

Did you know there are other “triangles” which have inspired even eerier tales?

The Peculiar Origins Of 5 Iconic Landmarks
The Peculiar Origins Of 5 Iconic Landmarks

Here are some unlikely origin stories that show five landmarks in a new light…

Experts Predict How We Will Live In The Future
Experts Predict How We Will Live In The Future

Super-deep basements, floating cities and high-rise farms will form our future landscape.

The Nation’s Favourite Buildings Revealed!
The Nation’s Favourite Buildings Revealed!

From St Paul’s Cathedral to Blackpool Tower, Stonehenge to Edinburgh Castle…

Four Examples of Engineering Genius
Four Examples of Engineering Genius

How human ingenuity has led to the creation of spectacular structures.

How to Defend a Medieval Castle
How to Defend a Medieval Castle

It’s easy to forget that many castle adornments once served a crucial purpose.

Firearm Terminology Explained
Firearm Terminology Explained

Here’s a guide to some of the often surprising technical jargon of firearms.

The Future of Robots
The Future of Robots

There are certain fields where robots are certain to make an impact.

Why do car wheels appear to spin backwards?
Why do car wheels appear to spin backwards?

Why do car wheels and helicopter rotor blades appear to reverse when spinning fast?

5 of the Strangest Plane Crashes Ever
5 of the Strangest Plane Crashes Ever

Thankfully, plane crashes are very rare but when they happen they can be catastrophic.

Dunkirk: What Actually Happened
Dunkirk: What Actually Happened

The 'Dunkirk Spirit' is said to have saved thousands of lives - but what really happened?

Stalin's Role in the Second World War
Stalin's Role in WWII

Investigating the profound effect USSR dictator Josef Stalin had on WWII.

A Step-By-Step Guide To How D-Day Unfolded
How D-Day Unfolded

In 1944, the Allies returned to France to take on Hitler's forces. Revisit this key moment