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A worker of a games company poses with placards depicting a "royal baby" near the St. Mary's Hospital Lindo Wing in London on Thursday. While Buckingham Palace has been mum on the subject, Saturday was rumored to be the official due date for the child who will become the third in line to the British throne. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP hide caption

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Alexander Gardner's original caption for this image: "A Lone Grave, on Battle-field of Antietam." Alexander Gardner/Library Of Congress hide caption

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Leon de Lunden of Belgium won the live pigeon shooting event at the 1900 Olympics in Paris — the only time in Olympic history when animals were killed on purpose. Popperfoto/Getty Images hide caption

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Swiss guards march prior to a swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday. This year, 26 Swiss men are joining the oldest standing army in the world, swearing to give up their lives to protect the pope. The ceremony is held every May 6 to commemorate the day in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards died protecting Pope Clement VII during the sack of Rome. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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President Calvin Coolidge (right) with the national Christmas tree on Dec. 24, 1923. National Photo Company/Library of Congress hide caption

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The metric system is based on the number 10. Sounds simple, but the U.S. is having none of it.

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Two men operate the enormous UNIVAC (UNIVersal Automatic Computer) in 1960. Hulton Archive/Getty Images/Life hide caption

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The Civil War's First Death Was An Accident

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