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Here are the top ten articles for the Today in History Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Nine Russian Hikers Found Dead (February 26, 1959)
Nine experienced Russian hikers found dead in the Urals...with some unnatural injuries.

2. Annie Edson Taylor
Annie Edson Taylor was the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

3. EA Poe's Last Days (Oct 3-7, 1849)
"There at length they found me lying, weak and ‘wildered, sick and dying,/And my shattered wreck of being to a kindly refuge bore;" are just a few lines from a poem entitled "The Streets of Baltimore." Hauntingly, the poem tells of the tragic and mysterious death of it's proposed author, EA Poe.

4. Rose-Mar Killings (November 13, 1966)
Robert Benjamin Smith just wanted to make a name for himself. Following in the footsteps of his new "heroes," he did just that on November 13, 1966 when he shot and killed five women--including a 3 year old child--at the Rose-Mar College of Beauty in Mesa, AZ.

5. Halloween Traditions and Their Origins
Do you know why things like trick or treating and Jack o' Lanterns are associated with Halloween? Read my article to find out.

6. August 8 Events and Birthdays
Dustin Hoffman was born Today in History...

7. August Heatwave of 2003
August 2003 saw a heatwave that killed thousands of people in Southern Europe and a power outage on the eastern seaboard that affected states from New Jersey to Michigan and parts of Canada.

8. A Woman Named Girly (September 10, 1999)
Reptilian aliens. A con-man. An innocent girl. What sounds like would be an amazing science fiction story turns out to be a true case of murder. Girly Chew Hossencoft, aged 36, disappeared on September 10, 1999. Her body was never found.

9. The Battle of Alcatraz (May 2-4, 1946)
The bloodiest escape attempt in the 29-year history of one of America's most formidable prisons: Alcatraz.

10. Valentine’s Day : A Sweet Holiday
In honor of Valentine's Day, we take a look at some of our favorite candies and when they were first introduced.



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