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Famed “Lucy” Fossils Discovered in Ethiopia, 40 Years Ago

On November 24, 1974, scientists in Africa unearthed the skeleton of one of humanity’s oldest ancestors, a pint-sized Australopithecus they nicknamed “Lucy.”

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10 Things You Should Know About Voltaire

On the 320th anniversary of Voltaire’s birth, learn 10 things you may not know about one of the 18th century’s most quotable and controversial thinkers.

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Native American Activists Occupy Alcatraz Island, 45 Years Ago

On the 45th anniversary of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, learn how a group of rebel activists took over America’s most notorious prison for more than 19 months.

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Can Scientists Clone a Woolly Mammoth? Should They?

Scientists seeking to clone the long-extinct woolly mammoth may have found the best hope yet of achieving their controversial goal.

Napoleon’s Hat Fetches $2.4 Million at Auction

Napoleon’s Hat Fetches $2.4 Million at Auction

A Napoleon memorabilia auction this past weekend brought in $12.5 million and proved the enduring interest in the French emperor.

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9 Fascinating Facts About the Suez Canal

On the 145th anniversary of its opening, check out nine surprising facts about the canal that links the Eastern and Western worlds.

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9 Things You May Not Know About William Tecumseh Sherman

On the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s march through Georgia, explore nine surprising facts about the man who helped pioneer “scorched earth” military tactics.

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Archaeologists Uncover 5,000-Year-Old Human Footprints in Denmark

Scientists excavating a site on the Danish island of Lolland recently uncovered two sets of footprints that they believe were made by Stone Age fishermen.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Ellis Island

On the 60th anniversary of the closing of Ellis Island, learn nine surprising facts about the port that once served as the main entryway to America.

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151 Years Later, Gettysburg Hero Awarded Medal of Honor

Alonzo Cushing, a Union lieutenant killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, has finally received the Medal of Honor 151 years after his death.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Berlin Wall

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, learn 10 surprising facts about the iconic Cold War symbol.

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Lincoln’s Hard-Fought Civil War Re-Election, 150 Years Ago

By winning re-election in 1864 against his former top general, Abraham Lincoln dashed any hopes of a negotiated peace with the Confederacy.

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35 Years Later, Looking Back at the Iran Hostage Crisis

In November 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, beginning a 444-day ordeal that marked America’s first clash with militant Islam.