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10 Things You May Not Know About “Typhoid Mary”

Check out 10 surprising facts about “Typhoid Mary” on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of her 23-year quarantine.

"The Peacemakers," by artist George P.A. Healy, depicts the March 1865 meeting between William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln and David D. Porter. (Credit: White House Historical Association)

Lincoln, Grant and Sherman Huddle Up, 150 Years Ago

In the waning days of the Civil War, the three main architects of the Union victory convened for the first and only time.

F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1937

10 Things You May Not Know About F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ninety-five years after he published his first book, learn 10 surprising facts about the glamorous and tragic life of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers.

A reconstruction of the recently-discovered Carnufex carolinensis. (Credit: Jorge Gonzales)

Scientists Discover Two Giant New Late-Triassic Creatures

In the past week, scientists have announced the discovery of a human-sized salamander and a giant “butcher” crocodile, both of which lived some 230 million years ago.

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Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” Speech, 240 Years Ago

On the 240th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s stirring words at the 1775 Virginia Convention, take a look back at the speech that included the famous line, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Credit: Statens historiska museum / Christer Åhlin

Islamic Ring Found in 9th-Century Viking Grave

Discovered more than a century ago in a Swedish grave, a ring bearing an Arabic inscription confirms contact between the Vikings and the Islamic world.

Experts examine remains found in the Madrid crypt. (Credit: Madrid Region/EPA)

After 400 Years, Investigators Find Remains of Cervantes, Don Quixote’s Creator

A team of Spanish researchers believes it has found the long-lost remains of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote,” beneath a Madrid convent.

An empty frame stands where Rembrandt's '"The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" once was. (Credit: David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

History’s Biggest Art Heist Remains Unsolved, 25 Years Later

The largest art heist in history remains unsolved 25 years after thieves stole 13 masterpieces worth $500 million from a Boston museum. So whodunit?

Image of the Musashi captured by the underwater probe (Credit: Paul Allen)

WWII’s Largest Battleship Revealed After 70 Years Underwater

After an eight-year search, a research team sponsored by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has discovered the shipwreck of the massive Japanese battleship Musashi.

Irish famine plot in Kenmare, County Cork. (Credit: Christopher Klein)

The Warship of Peace That Fed Famine-Stricken Ireland

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, revisit America’s first major foreign disaster relief effort when a warship delivered food to Ireland during the potato famine.

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When Did the “Age of Man” Begin?

A new study suggests that the dramatic upheaval caused by European colonization of the Americas may have marked the beginning of a new period of geologic time.

Statues commemorating the Salt March in New Delhi, India. (Credit: Panoramic Images/Getty Images)

Gandhi’s Salt March, 85 Years Ago

Eighty-five years after Mahatma Gandhi conducted his famous Salt March, learn about one of the most legendary chapters in his campaign against British colonial rule in India.

A piece of jawbone discovered in the Ledi-Geraru research area in Ethiopia. (Credit: Minasse Wondimu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Discovery of Oldest Human Fossil Fills Evolutionary Gap

A newly unearthed fossil from Ethiopia is altering the timeline of human evolution, pushing it back by nearly a half-million years.