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Edgar Cayce was the most famous psychic healer and soothsayer in early-20th-century America, dispensing predictions and cures from his signature trance.
Natty and lethal, Legs Diamond seemed bulletproof until he botched a big drug deal that may have got him killed.
A former slave and Black Loyalist, Thomas Peters helped establish a colony of freedom in West Africa.
Some nations evolve culturally over millennia, but this South Asian nation was founded on the shared heritage of a mother tongue.
In a lively clubhouse mural, French artist Pierre Bellocq caricatured every jockey to win the Run for the Roses.
The CDC gave AIDS a name in 1981, officially signaling the party was over. Before then? At the Sandpiper, on New York’s Fire Island, it raged on.
If there were a golden age of political sex scandals, sitting astride them all would be Fanne Foxe and a powerful Arkansas politician not named Clinton.
A linguist with wanderlust, Freya Stark used audacity and charm to fill in blank spaces on the complex map of the Middle East.
Louis “Lepke” Buchalter was a tiny, dapper fellow with puppy-dog eyes — and a stone-cold killer who ran Murder Inc.
When terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden tried — but failed — to kill Hosni Mubarak in 1995, it was the beginning of the end for al-Qaeda in Sudan.
Bloodthirsty warlord, Romanian national hero or vampire, Vlad III cuts an enduring figure in legend and popular culture.
French schoolchildren still learn about Leon Gambetta’s famous escape.