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    Who Performed at the First Woodstock Music Festival?

    On August 15, 1969, thousands of people gathered at a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for what would become one of the biggest events in music history. The idea behind the first Woodstock musical festival — which was conceived by John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield, and Michael ...Continue reading

    The Final Years of Princess Diana

    With her 1981 marriage, Princess Diana was seen as the real-life heroine of a fairytale. She became the most popular member of the royal family; a beautiful, compassionate princess who truly cared about people. However, though they loved their two sons, her relationship with Prince Charles ...Continue reading

    Why Robert Frost Didn’t Get to Read the Poem He Wrote...

    On March 26, 1959, prior to a dinner in honor of his 85th birthday, Robert Frost held court before a throng of reporters at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Fielding a question about the supposed decline of New England, his longtime home base and poetic muse, Frost responded, "The next ...Continue reading

    Caravaggio: The Italian Painter Was Also a Notorious Criminal and Murderer

    The Baroque artist Caravaggio is famous for gruesome paintings like “Judith Beheading Holofernes." Yet it wasn’t only his paintings that were brutal and violent. In the early 17th century, Caravaggio went to trial at least 11 times for things like writing libelous poems, throwing a plate of ...Continue reading

    Antony and Cleopatra’s Legendary Love Story

    It is an ending so epic that Shakespeare himself couldn’t better it. In the golden city of Alexandria, Cleopatra VII (69-30 BC), Queen of Egypt, holes up in her self-made mausoleum, as her arch-nemesis Octavian (later known as Augustus), Emperor of Rome, closes in. But she is not alone. In her arms ...Continue reading

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: The True Story of the...

    It’s one of the most famous endings in film history. In the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the two outlaws, played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford respectively, appear to go out in a blaze of glory during a gun battle in Bolivia in 1908. But the film’s ambiguous ending points to…

    Charlie Chaplin and 6 Other Artists Who Were Blacklisted in...

    “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” was the $64,000 question asked by the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Between the late 1940s and 1950s, the Second Red Scare was an era marked by great fear that ...Continue reading

    Behind Frida Kahlo’s Real and Rumored Affairs With Men and Women

    The same passions that helped Frida Kahlo become a great artist are reflected in her many love affairs. These took place despite her being married (twice) to fellow artist Diego Rivera. In fact, Kahlo's husband — who wasn't faithful himself — encouraged his bisexual wife's romantic relationships ...Continue reading

    Nelson Mandela: 14 Inspiring Quotes From South Africa’s First Black President

    In the small village of Mvezo in Transkei, South Africa, a child was born on July 18, 1918 with the name Rolihlahla, meaning “pulling the branch of a tree” in the Xhosa language, or more colloquially: "troublemaker." And Rolihlahla Mandela, who grew up to become Nelson Mandela, sure lived up to ...Continue reading

    How Harriet Tubman and William Still Helped the Underground Railroad

    The strength of the Underground Railroad — a network of people who helped slaves escape to the North — came from those who risked their own safety. Among the ones most tied to the journey to freedom were Harriet Tubman, one of the most famous “conductors,” and William Still, often called the ...Continue reading