igars and cigar culture have a long and storied history. The age-old practice of cigar smoking dates back to the 10th century, in which the ancient Mayans smoked tobacco wrapped in either palm or plantain leaves. Europeans landing in the New World quickly adopted this custom and saw it spread like wildfire. These are the key legends that pioneered the cigars we are familiar with today....

Every marine endured fear during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. As one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific Theatre of WWII, the island claimed over 26,000 American casualties with around 6,800 dead in five weeks of fierce fighting. Japanese forces fought ferociously to the last man without surrender. Of roughly 20,000 Japanese troops stationed on Iwo Jima, only 216 were taken prisoner. American marines coped with the horrors of battle and broke through frozen panic through mental fortitude. Effective training and camaraderie among marines empowered them to fight...