History In The Headlines

Author: Barbara Maranzani

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Six Things You Should Know About Tokyo

One hundred and sixty years after Commodore Matthew Perry “opened” Japan to the west, discover some surprising facts about the Japanese capital.

New York City Draft Riots

Four Days of Fire: The New York City Draft Riots

The July 1863 draft riots were the largest civilian insurrection in American history.

brandenburg-gate

Brandenburg Gate: A Brief History

Berlin’s triumphal arch has played witness to some of the most significant moments in modern history.

Damaged Do-17 on deck

English Channel Yields Rare World War II Find

A British museum has recovered the wreckage of a Luftwaffe plane shot down during the Battle of Britain.

Medgar Evers

7 Things You Should Know About Medgar Evers

On the 50th anniversary of his death, explore the life and legacy of the civil rights pioneer.

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Secretariat’s Record-Breaking Run, 40 Years Later

Forty years after he entered the history books, check out some surprising facts about an American equine icon.

John Dingell

57 Years, 177 Days and Counting: John Dingell Jr. Makes History

A Michigan congressman has become America’s longest-serving member of Congress.

Robert F. Kennedy

Remembering Robert F. Kennedy

As we commemorate the 45th anniversary of his death, here are 10 things you may not know about RFK.

Memorial to Harriet Tubman in Boston, Massachusetts. (Credit: Boston Art Commission)

Harriet Tubman’s Daring Raid, 150 Years Ago

One hundred and fifty years after one her most daring achievements and 100 years after her death, find out some surprising facts about Harriet Tubman.

Amelia Earhart Disappearance

Have Researchers Found Amelia Earhart’s Plane?

Researchers may have had a breakthrough in the decades-long search for the missing aviator.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day

From its Civil War origins to its modern-day traditions, find out more about America’s most solemn holiday.

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After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved

After nearly two centuries, scientists have identified the plant pathogen that devastated Ireland, killing 1 million people and triggering a mass emigration.

Palm fields in southern China.

Ancients First Ate Palms, Not Rice

A new study shows that agriculture may have emerged in southern China much earlier than previously thought.