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Nelson Mandela voting in South Africa's historic 1994 election, the first time in the country's history that all citizens, regardless of race or ethnicity, were allowed to vote.
Nelson Mandela

Long Walk to Freedom

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from a South African prison. Learn about Mandela's life and his role in dismantling apartheid and transitioning South Africa to majority rule.

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Forging Shakespeare to Impress His Dad

William-Henry Ireland's father thought he was dull, uninspired, and talentless. So William-Henry began a project that would lead to national excitement, a riot, and with any luck, the love and adoration of his father. He forged an “undiscovered” new play by William Shakespeare—and it actually premiered on a London stage.

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First Edition

Travel back to a time when California was still a mysterious land, the United States did not exist, and electricity was a new discovery. Digitized for our valued subscribers, we’ve curated some of the best of the original 2,500 pages, with articles and engravings.

Dinosaurs You Should Know

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Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction

"Thunder Lizards"

These extinct reptiles are a source of fascination for young and old. Explore six of the more than 1,000 known species of dinosaur.

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