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    And She Smiled Through It All

    Mass media coverage of a frantic search for the stolen 'Mona Lisa' helped to make the masterpiece the most famous painting on earth. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons) An Obscure Masterpiece Made Famous On December 13, 1913, the headline on the front page of France's leading newspaper, Le...
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    Martin Luther: A Reluctant Rebel Who Changed the World

    Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses on the door of a Roman Catholic Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517, launching the Protestant Reformation. (Image credit: Bigstock/Candyman) Martin Luther was born in 1483, coming into a world where the Roman Catholic Church reigned both...
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    The Downfall of the Knights Templar

    On October 13, 1307, a Friday, Philip the Fair ordered the arrest of hundreds of Knights Templar in France on charges of heresy. (Image credit: Bigstock/grebgokz) A Holy City Under Siege The city of Jerusalem was conquered by Arab armies in 638 AD. At that time, a treaty was signed between the...
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    The Incredible Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    Near Eastern scholar William F. Albright called the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls the "greatest manuscript discovery of modern times.” (Image credit: Bigstock/AG-PHOTOS) On September 22, 1991, the Dead Sea Scrolls were made public for the first time when the Huntington Library of California...