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How The US Tried Using Exploding Cigars, Poison Pens, And More to Assassinate Fidel Castro

It’s no secret that the CIA had a problem with Fidel Castro. They tried to assassinate him for years using all sorts of methods- from exploding cigars to poison pens. But despite their best efforts, Castro always managed to survive.  In this article, we will take a closer look at the various assassination attempts made …

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The Complicated Relationship of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

Performances in theater and movies often draw from real-life experiences for inspiration. Take Hamilton, a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, for example. It was based on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and his complicated relationship with Aaron Burr. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had one of the most complex relationships in American history. What made …

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10 Amazing Colorized Photographs From The American Civil War

The American Civil War was one of the first conflicts to be extensively photographed. By that point, camera technology had reached the point where it could capture high-quality photographs. Photographers like Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and George S. Cook detailed this historical conflict. You’ve probably seen some of their work in black and white. But …

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The Strange Story of Eben Byers, Who Drank Radium Until His Jaw Fell Off

Eben Byers was a wealthy American businessman who became famous in the early 1930s after ingesting large amounts of Radium or Radithor.  What is Radium, and what does it do? It is a radioactive element discovered in 1898 by Marie Curie and her husband, Pierre. When ingested, it can cause severe health problems, including cancer. Eben …

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