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A 2011 photo of members of the Mashco Piro tribe. (Credit: Reuters)

Peru Plans First Contact with Isolated Amazonian Tribe

In a controversial decision, the Peruvian government is planning to make contact for the first time with the Mashco Piro, a tribe living in the Amazon jungle.

S.S. Eastland lying on its side after capsizing. (Credit Chicago Tribune historical photo/TNS via Getty Images)

Chicago’s Deadliest Day, 100 Years Ago

On the centennial of the capsizing of SS Eastland, which claimed 844 lives, look back at the deadliest disaster in Chicago history.

Bob Dylan at a 1965 press conference. (Credit: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

The Day Dylan Went Electric

Fifty years ago, Bob Dylan shocked audiences at the Newport Folk Festival by strapping on an electric guitar and debuting a new rock ’n’ roll sound.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Ulysses S. Grant

One of the most influential Americans of the 19th century, Grant led the Union Army to victory during the Civil War and later helped steer the nation through Reconstruction during two terms as president. Check out 10 little-known facts about America’s 18th commander in chief.

Remains of an adult female buried with horse and cow bones. (Credit: Bournemouth University)

Iron Age Graves in Britain Yield Hybrid Animals and Human Sacrifice

Archaeologists excavating one of the oldest settlements in Britain have discovered the buried remains of bizarre animal hybrids, as well as an apparent human sacrifice.

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The Original Wild West Showdown, 150 Years Ago

On July 21, 1865, frontier legend Wild Bill Hickok gunned down gambler Davis Tutt in what is what is often called the first “Wild West” showdown.

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Disneyland’s Disastrous Opening Day, 60 Years Ago

On the 60th anniversary of Disneyland’s opening day, look back at the problem-plagued unveiling that park employees dubbed “Black Sunday.”

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8 Forgotten Capitals of the United States

On the 225th anniversary of the selection of Washington, D.C., as the future national capital, explore eight other locales that were once the seats of American power.

A shot from New Horizons of Pluto and Charon taken on July 11, 2015. (Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI)

NASA Space Probe Makes Historic Pluto Flyby

After a journey of nine years and some 3 billion miles, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by the dwarf planet Pluto and its five moons yesterday morning.

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Triumph and Tragedy Atop the Matterhorn, 150 Years Ago

Englishman Edward Whymper and six others made the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago—but only three made it down alive.

Fireworks explode around the Eiffel Tower on July 14, 2014 in Paris, France. (Credit: Frederic Stevens/WireImage)

The French Revolution: Fact or Fiction?

In honor of Bastille Day, explore some well-known “facts” about the French Revolution—some of which may not be so factual after all.

Harper Lee receives the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Harper Lee Publishes First Novel in 55 Years

Amid heated controversy, Harper Lee’s much-anticipated second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” is being released tomorrow, 55 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird” became a sensation.

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10 Things You Should Know About the Battle of Britain

Seventy-five years after it began, check out 10 fascinating facts about the battle that decided the fate of Great Britain during World War II.