Captain Webb

In 1875, an Englshman named Captain Matthew Webb became the first man to successfully swim across the Engilsh Channel. It was one of his many heroic feats.

The Marichal Incident

One of the most infamous brawls in baseball history happened at Candlestick Park during a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.


He was the most recognizable of his famous siblings, the Marx Brothers. Together they appeared in 13 feature films including Animal Crackers, Duck Soup and Horse Feathers.

Deal with the Devil

A priest named Urbain Grandier was burned alive after a notorious trial that included a remarkable piece of evidence - a document signed by Satan himself.

Let Them Eat Grass

Many regard this comment as the spark that ignited the Dakota War of 1862, an incredibly bloody campaign of terror that claimed the lives of up to 800 white settlers.

Divine Wind

A typhoon destroyed Kublai Khan's fleet of more than 4000 ships and 140,000 men. Next to D-Day, this was the largest naval invasion force ever assembled.

The Last Quagga

The quagga was a subspecies of the plains zebra. The species went extinct in 1883, but there's a controversial effort to breed it back into existence.