Histories

Having a health condition was part of the crucible that forged some of history’s greatest figures.

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The Greatest Soccer Referee Ever Was Also The Baldest

Among soccer fans and players alike, Pierluigi Collina is legendary not just for his colorful personality and on-field fairness, but his distinctive alopecia.
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The Angel With Broken Wings

Born with a crooked spine and one leg shorter than the other, Manuel Francisco dos Santos, otherwise known as Garrincha, overcame disability to help start a Brazilian soccer legacy.
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Sick and Tired

Fannie Lou Hamer was one of America's most important civil rights icons. But her health issues show that racism isn't just a social disease, it's a physical one.
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Rosa Parks and the Hard Cost of Activism

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks' seemingly simple decision to keep her seat on the bus took on a life of its own. But it also largely overtook her life... and her health.
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"You Might As Well Live"

Chronic medical issues--including a genetic mutation which gave her her showstopper eyes--impacted much of Elizabeth Taylor's life, but never defined it.
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How Sgt. Pepper's Gave Doctors The Ability To Scan For Brain Tumors

Millions of doctors and patients owe a debt of gratitude to the Beatles. If it wasn't for their music, the CAT scan might never have made it to market.
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The Colorful Totems Of Saint Frida Kahlo

Frequently housebound throughout her life, the legendary Mexican painter turned to fashion, curios, and knick-knacks to let her imagination travel as far as her art.
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The Late President of Protest

Folk singer-songwriter Phil Ochs gave voice to the righteously rebellious 1960s, while trying to keep his depression in check.