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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Kentucky. This history cartoon explains his life and how he became a lawyer, a soldier, a politician and the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln was famous for being honest, opposing slavery and for helping the Union win the Civil War.

The Titanic

It's one of the greatest tragedies and biggest blockbusters of the 20th century: The world's largest ship sank on its maiden voyage. More than 1,500 lives were lost. Here's the story of the Titanic and how it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bravest Boy In History

Motele Schlein was a young Jewish boy, who also happened to be an amazing violin player. At the young age of 12 years old, his parents were murdered by the Nazis. He escaped into the forest and joined a Jewish Resistance force.

Native Americans "Discovered" America

History will tell us that Columbus "discovered" America, or maybe even that Leif Erikson and the Vikings "discovered" America. Either way, we need to remember that it was the Native Americans who discovered America thousands of years before the Europeans. This video shows you some of the unique Native American tribes that called and still call the continent home.

Columbus vs. The Vikings

Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering America, but there is evidence that a Viking explorer named Leif Erikson was the first European to reach North America in 1000 AD. Why don't we credit Leif with the discovery of America? Most likely because unlike Columbus, the Vikings weren't able to conquer the Native Americans.

Pirates, America and The Other Slave Trade

After the American Revolution, the US went to war with a bunch of pirates off of the North Coast of Africa. It was known as the First Barbary War. You may have heard of it, but you probably didn't know that these pirates imported 1 million slaves from Europe into Africa.

Email Before Electricity

Before electricity, the internet, phones, or social media, humans were still able to find innovative ways to communicate over long distances. History often credits Samuel Morse with revolutionizing communication with his invention of the electric telegraph and Morse Code. But did you know that he actually got his idea from Claude Chappe?

The History of Cats

The History of Cats. From Ancient Egypt to Greece, then Rome, Europe and eventually America. The cat has had a long road to becoming one of our cherished pets. Learn the brief history of cats and how they took over the internet.

One Vote That Changed America

One vote from an Indiana farmhand in 1842 can be traced all the way up through the vote to go to war against Mexico. So remember, your vote does matter, don't believe me? Watch the video.

The History of (Creepy) Clowns

The 3 Minute Innovative History of clowns. Creepy Clown sightings have taken over social media since August of 2016, but clowns weren't always creepy. Learn the history of clowns in 3 minutes


The history of coffee. Legend has it that coffee was originally discovered by a goat herder, named Kaldi. It eventually made its way through the Arabian peninsula, through the pope, to Europe and then to America. All of these things led to the coffee we know today.

Ben Franklin

The 3 Minute History of Benjamin Franklin - Innovative History. Franklin was the oldest founding father of the United States of America. He was a scientist who discovered electricity, an ambassador, inventor, and key player during the American Revolution.

Ghost Army

The story of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, or the Ghost Army as they are more commonly known, and how they managed to use special effects and trickery to deceive the Germans during World War 2 (WWII)

Henry Ford

The Story of Henry Ford and how he started the Ford Motor Company and became a business magnate.

History of the Olympics

The history of the olympic games. From their start in Olympia, Greece in 776 B.C. to the eventual modern Olympic games, they have continually been affected by political turmoil. Learn the brief history of the Olympic Games here.

Bessie Coleman

The Story of Bessie Coleman. Coleman was a civil rights activist and as the first ever female black pilot, she is a role model for young girls everywhere.

George Washington

The Innovative History of George Washington. Watch as he chops down a cherry tree, fights in American Revolution, crosses he Delaware, defeats the British and serves as the first president of the United States.

Christopher Columbus

Innovative History brings you: Christopher Columbus. How Columbus Discovered America, Native Americans, and brought about the Columbian Exchange.