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In the Forbidden City, being the emperor didn't equate to a life of limitless power or pleasure

Another common misconception is that the emperor routinely feasted on lavish meals. His diet was balanced, but surprisingly plain. Both the Ming and …

Forbidden City

Decoding the Secrets of an Ancient Maya Cave

When archaeologist Holley Moyes first poked around Belize’s Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, the massive amount of bat feces impressed her. Sure, the …

Archaeology

This American Soldier–Serial Killer Terrorized Wartime Australia

It wasn’t a good time, but there were some great times. The women of Melbourne, Australia, had their own duties to fulfill on the homefront during …

Pearl Harbor

15 photos of the USS Indianapolis, whose World War II sinking started the worst shark attack in history

The celebrated USS Indianapolis was nearly blown in half by two Japanese torpedoes and sunk on July 30, 1945, a tragedy that also stands as one of World War II's most harrowing survival stories.<p>The Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser and flagship of the 5th Fleet, was hit about 12:15 a.m. between Guam …

Military

“These Aren’t Men — They’re Demons!” — The French Foreign Legion’s Desperate Defence of Camarón

“As the Mexicans charged, the legionnaires fired volleys into the onrushing horde.” By Frederick J. Chiaventone IN 1861, MEXICO was in a state of …

Military History

42 Found Photos That Capture Everyday Life of China in 1921

These found photos from motohakone who bought at a flea market in Cannes, France in 1982. Photos were taken by a French speaking person when he made …

The Armour of an English Medieval Knight

English medieval knights wore metal armour of iron or steel to protect themselves from archers and the long swords of opponents. From the 9th century …

Viking Warfare

Viking warfare, along with its key component of raiding, is inextricably connected with the expansion of Scandinavian influence along the North …

"Go For Broke": The Story Behind the Most Decorated Military Unit in U.S. History

In 2011’s <i>Captain America: The First Avenger</i>, Captain Steve Rogers single-handedly frees captured Allied soldiers from a Nazi base. "What, are we …

Honoring the millennial friendship between Jews and China

Unlike their experience in Europe, Russia and many other Christian and Muslim countries in the world, the Jews have never experienced discrimination …

How a One-Armed Gurkha Fought 200 Japanese Troops with a Bolt-Action Rifle

How a One-Armed Gurkha Fought 200 Japanese Troops with a Bolt-Action Rifle

The Long Journey to Remember One of History's Worst Lynching Massacres

Mary Turner and her unborn baby were killed by a racist mob in 1918 in an atrocity that was nearly forgotten.<p>Exactly 100 years ago this month, a wave of lynchings swept through the area around Valdosta, in south Georgia. After the murder of a white farmer, a mob of nearly 300 white people went …

How labourer became first Hong Kong man to conquer Mount Everest in 1992, without climbing partner | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

“HK climbers head off to hit the heights of Everest,” ran the headline in the <i>South China Morning Post</i> on March 21, 1992.<p>“Two Hongkong men will set …

Impregnable – 14 Brilliant Defensive Features of Medieval Castles

“Great efforts were made by builders to ensure that their castles could withstand an enemy onslaught.” By Dr. Dan Spencer IN THEIR DAY, Medieval …

Unit 731: Japan discloses details of notorious chemical warfare division

National archives lists members of army branch that conducted lethal experiments on Chinese civilians in 30s and 40s<p>Japan has disclosed the names of thousands of members of Unit 731, a notorious branch of the imperial Japanese army that conducted lethal experiments on Chinese civilians in the 1930s …

This Spy Survived Torture to Make the Nazis Pay for Their Crimes

Wearing a gray flannel suit and a thick scarf around her head, Odette Sansom shielded her eyes from the salty ocean spray as the fishing boat scudded …

Two Decades of War Have Eroded the Morale of America’s Troops

After nearly 17 years of war, service members have seen plenty of patriotic displays but little public debate about why they’re fighting.<p><b>S</b>outh of Fallujah’s Route Fran were hundreds of insurgents who’d spent months digging trench lines, emplacing roadside bombs, barricading streets, training with …

Military

The richest American family hired terrorists to shoot machine guns at sleeping women and children

The Rockefellers took on the striking miners of Ludlow, Colorado but didn’t expect them to fight back<p>The bloody history of the American labor …

Falklands War anniversary: Why did Britain enter armed conflict with Argentina over these windswept islands?

Today marks 36 years since Argentina seized control of the Falkland Islands from Britain, drawing the UK into an armed conflict that would prove to …

Spinalonga Island

This abandoned Greek island was the last active leper colony in Europe.<p>Just off the coast of Crete is a small, uninhabited island. Here, for more …

When Jews were fleeing the Nazis, they found an unexpected refuge in Japanese-occupied Shanghai

The city became a Jewish cultural hub, with spots like the White Horse providing homesick refugees with schnitzel, apple strudel, and news from …

These horrifying ‘human zoos’ delighted American audiences at the turn of the 20th century

‘Specimens’ were acquired from Africa, Asia, and the Americas by deceptive human traffickers<p>More than 20 million people attended the 1904 World’s …

60 Fascinating Color Photographs That Capture Street Scenes of Saigon During the Vietnam War

Saigon at this time was a city full of energy! It it was overcrowded, full of refugees and one wondered at times how it functioned as a municipality. …

In World War II, Boeing Built a Fake Rooftop Town to Hide Its Factory Beneath From Potential Air Strike by the Japanese

During World War II, a strange, house-filled neighborhood could be seen in the middle of an industrial area from the air. A close-up look would …

In Winston Churchill, Hollywood rewards a mass murderer

<i>Shashi Tharoor is author of “Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India.” He chairs the Indian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.</i><p>“History,” Winston Churchill said, “will be kind to me, for I intend to write it myself.” He needn’t have bothered. He was one of the great mass murderers of …

Winston Churchill

Subway construction in Italy uncovered 'astounding' ruins of an ancient Rome-era military commander's home

ROME (AP) — Archaeologists say work to expand Rome's subway has unearthed a sprawling 2nd-century domus, or residence, of a military commander, complete with well-preserved geometric design mosaic, marble floors and frescoed walls.<p>ROME (AP) — Archaeologists say work to expand Rome's subway has …

Archaeology

During World War I, France Built a Fake Paris to Fool German Pilots

How do you save Paris from German World War I bombers? By building a life-sized decoy city, of course.<br>Crater of a Zeppelin bomb in Paris, 1917.<br>During …

Horrors of War: 35 Incredible Photos That Show the Brutal Reality of 'the Battle of Stalingrad', 1942-43

The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was a major confrontation of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the …

Scientists reveal how the Roman “gate to Hell” slaughtered its victims

The cave that would have been part of ancient Hierapolis is still deadly to this day<p>In the ancient city of Hierapolis there was a cave said to kill …

The Patty Hearst kidnapping? You don't know the half of it

<b>(CNN) —</b> The kidnapping of Patty Hearst can seem as distant in time as a yellowed newspaper clipping -- and as current as today's bit-borne headline.<p>Fundamentally, though, the story is timeless, because at its core it's a mystery about why human beings do what they do. And the key elements that play …

San Francisco