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U.S. Open Honors Past Champ Joe Hunt, Killed During WWII

As part of the U.S. Open’s third annual Military Appreciation Day, the tennis world remembers Joe Hunt, who won a dramatic victory in the 1943 men’s championship.

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2,700-Year-Old Phoenician Shipwreck Discovered

An ancient Phoenician shipwreck found off the coast of Malta may be the oldest ever discovered in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Major League Baseball Makes Television Debut, 75 Years Ago

Professional baseball made history when a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds was broadcast from New York.

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Ancient DNA Suggests Seals Brought Tuberculosis to New World

After analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old Peruvian skeletons, scientists claim that seals and sea lions were likely the first to bring TB to the ancient Americas.

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The Secret Hitler-Stalin Pact, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of the German-Soviet nonaggression pact, look back at the secret agreement that set the stage for World War II.

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The British Burn Washington, D.C., 200 Years Ago

As the War of 1812 neared its conclusion, British forces torched the White House, the Capitol and nearly every other public building in Washington.

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New Study Suggests Neanderthals and Humans Co-Existed for Millennia

In a new study, researchers claim that Neanderthals and humans may have lived alongside each other in Europe for as many as 5,000 years.

Martha, the last passenger pigeon, being prepared for display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. (Credit: Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History)

The Last Days of the Passenger Pigeon, 100 Years Ago

It took only a century for the passenger pigeon to go from North America’s most abundant bird species to extinction.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Augustus

On the 2,000th anniversary of his death, get the facts on the first Roman emperor.

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The Royal Diet of Richard III Revealed

A new study reveals that medieval monarch Richard III truly ate–and drank–like a king during his brief time on the English throne.

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7 Fascinating Facts About the Panama Canal

On the 100th anniversary of its opening, find out more about the famous waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

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Tomb Dating From the Time of Alexander the Great Found in Northern Greece

The Greek government has announced that an “extremely important” tomb has been found in northern Greece, sparking speculation about who may be buried inside.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Alfred Hitchcock

On the 115th anniversary of his birth, learn nine surprising facts about the man known as the big screen’s “Master of Suspense.”