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In Pics: Marilyn Monroe

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Born in Los Angeles on 1 June 1926 as Norma Jeane Mortenson, the girl who would become one of the brightest stars of the silver screen had a troubled childhood. With her mother in and out of psychiatric hospitals, Norma drifted between foster homes, eventually ending up in an orphanage. Yet even then, she was enthralled by the movies

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When faced with an obstacle as imposing as the Great Wall of China, most attackers would be forced to admit defeat. Not Genghis Khan. He simply went around it and invaded China by the back door. And that's not the end of his tale - we explore how the nomadic pauper created the largest contiguous land empire in the whole of human history. Plus: The spectacular falling out between Henry II and Saint Thomas Becket, how World War I birthed the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, five key moments in the American Revolutionary War, and more.

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From being rejected by his clan as a boy and having to claw his way to power, the Mongol leader came to believe he was destined to conquer the world. He all but succeeded, writes Spencer Day
He was a friend and a thorn to Henry II, man of the state and then of the Church, heroic martyr and then reviled traitor. Emma Wells uncovers the contradictions of this most turbulent priest
World War I forever changed not only how wars were fought, but how nations honour their fallen soldiers. As Gavin Mortimer explores, this was down to one man who wanted to ensure that the dead would never be forgotten
One of Hollywood’s greats, Marilyn Monroe yearned to be seen as more than the ‘dumb blonde’ she often played
What began as a tax dispute between Britain and its 13 North American colonies rapidly blossomed into an eight-year war that involved all the major European powers and led to the formation of the United States. Jonny Wilkes guides us through this era-defining conflict in five key moments
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