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Fascinating Facts About The Real 'Sons of Liberty'

With the upcoming premiere of the History Channel’s “Sons of Liberty” miniseries, we’re taking a look at some fascinating facts about the real men who fought for America’s independence. Who cheated death again and again? Who was a forensics pioneer? Who liked to get naked? Read on to find out. . .

Florence Mills

Performer Florence Mills captivated audiences during the Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance. She performed in shows like 'Shuffle Along,' 'Plantation Revue' and 'Blackbirds.'
  • Singer,
  • Comedian,
  • Dancer
  • (1896–1927)

Patrick Dempsey

American actor & high school dropout Patrick Dempsey is best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd on the hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy.
  • Film Actor,
  • Television Actor
  • (1966–)

Ernie Banks

Baseball player Ernie Banks is regarded as one of the finest power hitters in history and was the holder of most of the Chicago Cubs' offensive records.
  • Baseball Player,
  • Coach
  • (1931–2015)

Taksin

Taksin was an 18th century Thai general and king.
  • King,
  • Military Leader
  • (1734–1782)

Buddha

Born in Nepal in the 6th century B.C., Buddha was a spiritual leader and teacher whose life serves as the foundation of the Buddhist religion.
  • Religious Figure
  • (c. 600 BCE–c. 300 BCE)

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell was one of the primary inventors of the telephone, did important work in communication for the deaf and held more than 18 patents.
  • Educator,
  • Linguist,
  • Inventor,
  • Scientist
  • (1847–1922)

Bessie Smith

Jazz and blues vocalist Bessie Smith's powerful, soulful voice won her countless fans and earned her the title "Empress of the Blues."
  • Singer
  • (1894–1937)

Bessie Coleman

In 1922, aviator Bessie Coleman became the first African American woman to stage a public flight in America. Her high-flying skills always wowed her audience.
  • Pilot
  • (1892–1926)

Famous Atheists

Your fave atheist Bill Maher is celebrating a blessed birthday today, so we thought we'd look at some other famous faces who are also on Team Non Believer! You'd be surprised at some of our findings...

Pioneers of Rap

In honor of LL Cool J's birthday today, we wanted to knock you out with a look back at some of the seminal rap artists who seared the genre into America's consciousness and changed the course of the music industry forever.

Celebrity Siblings of the 80s and 90s (PHOTOS)

When we heard it was Jason Bateman's birthday today, we thought about the two main things we associate with him: Nostalgia and of course, big sister Justine Bateman! Thus, our celebrity siblings of the 80s and 90s photo gallery came to life — rad, right?
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