Barbara Maranzani is a NY-based writer and editor, focusing on American and European history.
Many believe the former British king lived an erratic existence due to ongoing, and sometimes undiscovered, health issues.
Having a friendly relationship with Adolf Hitler, many speculated that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were involved in a plot to overthrow the British crown during World War II.
Stemming from her own difficult childhood, the British queen and her nine offspring experienced tension and dysfunction from the moment they were born.
After Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' became a best-seller, Capote competed to keep up, eventually putting a wedge between the writers.
The accused killer began living lavishly, only to have the residents of Fall River, including her sister, ice her out.
The 39th president and former first lady have been a couple for more than 70 years.
Branded a "sick comic," the stand-up pushed boundaries with his foul-mouthed routines, which led to his 1964 arrest.
Required to perform safe and clean routines in front of primarily white audiences, the comedian had enough of club owners telling him what to do.
The 'Tonight Show' host declared that the comedienne would be a star, but two decades later, the friends would stop speaking to each other forever.
The personal contents were placed in a box and weren't revealed until more than 100 years after the president's assassination.
Despite JFK's father feuding with the Prime Minister during World War II, the late president idolized and took cues from the British politician.
The Nobel Prize winner retreated to the Florida island in the 1920s and ultimately discovered a new muse — the city itself.
It lasted just seconds, but the brief interaction between JFK and Bill Clinton inspired the teen to a life of public service — and helped lead to his own election as president 30 years later.
The Civil Rights leaders did not see to eye to eye, and their encounter lasted minutes.
The historic site was a place of solace for the former president and his family in good times and bad.
The crash left the painter with life-long pain and injuries that would fuel the vibrant, intensely personal artwork that would make her famous.