Samuel Sullivan

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The Sole U.S. Deserter Executed in the 20th Century

6,012 American war dead from World War I and World War II are buried in plots A through D of the Oise-Aisne American Cemetary. Engraved on the monument in the memorial structure reads, “These endured all and gave all that honor, and justice might prevail and that the world might enjoy freedom and inherit peace.”
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All I Want For Christmas Is Independence

One of the most iconic surprise attacks of the American Revolutionary War also happened on Christmas night, December 25th, 1776. It was the daring crossing of the Delaware River. In the cover of darkness, George Washington and his troops crossed the river and marched on the enemy troops in Trenton, New Jersey.
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The Deadliest Day in Human History

The deadliest earthquake in human history is at the heart of the deadliest day in human history. On January 23, 1556, more people died than on any day by a wide margin. It was a Thursday.
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The Trial of a Jealous Murdering Pirate

"Edward Jordan attacking Captain John Stairs with an ax. In The Annals of Crime and Newgate Calendar" The trial of the pirate Edward Jordan and his wife Margaret for his crimes of piracy, felony murder, and robbery. Edward was found guilty by a Halifax, Canada court and executed on November 20, 1809; Margaret was found not guilty, spared by the court to care for their four children.
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The Slave Who Challenged an Empire

"Spartacus’ death by Hermann Vogel — Public Domain." The true story of Spartacus and the third servile war is more incredible and daring than that portrayed in popular culture.
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The Bizzare Behaviors of the Dodo Bird

Before the arrival of the world’s most threatening super-predator to Mauritius, the dodo bird lived a fascinating life filled with bizarre behaviors unlike any other creature on earth. Then in 1598, humans arrived.
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The D.C. Shotgun Stalker

In 1993, James Swann heard voices in his head that told him to kill. From February 23rd to April 19th, 1993, the streets of two D.C. neighborhoods were terrorized by an indiscriminate shooter, who drove up to pedestrians, aimed his 20-gauge shotgun at their heads, and fired. During the two-month drive-by shooting spree James Edward Swann, Jr. stalked fourteen victims. Six avoided being shot, five were critically injured, and four lost their lives. On the day of his fourth and final murder, he was caught by chance. Swann experienced delusions and hallucinations that drove him to kill. He was found not guilty of his crimes by reason of insanity.
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The Most Bloodthirsty Buccaneer of the Caribbean

The brutalities of 17th-century buccaneer François l’Ollonais are so cruel they are almost unbelievable. Indentured servitude brought him to the Caribbean at a young age. After gaining his freedom, he would become a ruthless pirate who was not afraid of torturing and murdering anyone who got in his way, especially if they were Spanish.