History In The Headlines

Author: Barbara Maranzani

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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.

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Ancients First Ate Palms, Not Rice

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

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Much Ado About Lenin

The reopening of Lenin’s Tomb has reignited debate over the ultimate fate of the founder of the Soviet Union.

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Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Seventy years after its defeat, find out more about the largest, armed Jewish resistance movement of World War II.

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Green-Wood Cemetery: A Victorian-Era Icon Turns 175

One of America’s first “rural” cemeteries has been welcoming New Yorkers since 1838.

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One World Trade Center Reaches Historic Heights

As its record-topping spire is installed, find out more about the building that has already become a New York icon.

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Remembering V-E Day

As we commemorate its 68th anniversary, check out some surprising facts about how the world reacted to Victory in Europe.

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Do You Speak Ice Age?

Researchers may have traced hundreds of disparate languages to one Ice Age mother tongue.

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History’s Most Famous Literary Hoaxes

Thirty years after the Hitler Diaries were exposed as a fraud, here’s a look back at some of history’s other famous fictions.

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7 Things You May Not Know About the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

On the 120th anniversary of its opening day, here are some surprising facts about the World’s Columbian Exposition.

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Beyond Citizen Kane: The World’s First Media Mogul

On what would have been the publisher’s 150th birthday, here are eight things you should know about William Randolph Hearst.

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7 Things You May Not Know About the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

On Saturday, the worlds of Washington, D.C. and Hollywood will once again collide as the nation’s capital plays host to the annual affair.

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It’s All About the (New) Benjamins

The Federal Reserve has announced that a new version of the $100 bill will enter circulation this fall.