Death masks were a common ritual until recently. See what historical celebrities looked like from these plaster moldings taken of their faces shortly after they died.

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To celebrate the 4th of July, here’s the full text of the Declaration of Independence, written in the summer of 1776.

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Louis Zamperini is dead at 97. He ran track in the 1936 Olympics, was tortured by the Japanese in WWII, and was the subject of a new movie.

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The summer solstice 2014 is on Saturday, June 21. It’s the longest day of the year, and the first day of summer. Here is everything you need to know.

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D-Day 2014, 70th Anniversary

What you need to know about D–Day, on this the 70th anniversary of the turning point in World War II.

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Friday, June 6, 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied landings at Normandy in France. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt had pollio, was rarely ever seen walking. Here is a rare video of FDR limping.

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Dorothy Hodgkin was a nobel prize winning British biochemist. Her 104th birthday was celebrated by a Google Doodle.

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Many people who celebrate Cinco de Mayo are unaware of the holiday’s fascinating history. Learn everything you need to know right here.

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Easter is celebrated in amazingly different ways among Christians around the world. Check out some of the coolest pictures of different cultures celebrating.

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