History In The Headlines

Author: Barbara Maranzani

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New Super-Earths May Support Life

NASA announces the discovery of seven new distant planets, three of which may be able to support life.

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King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, 50 Years Later

On its 50th anniversary, take a look back at a seminal text of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Seven Score and 10 Years Ago: The Gettysburg Address

As the speech’s 150th anniversary approaches, here’s a look at eight surprising facts about the Gettysburg Address.

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5 Romanovs You Should Know

On the anniversary of the Romanov dynasty’s founding, meet five lesser-known but memorable family members.

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A History of Papal Resignations

In the wake of today’s announcement by Benedict XVI, find out more about four other popes who abdicated their position as head of the Catholic Church.

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A New Find Offers a Rare Glimpse Into the Literary Mind of Winston Churchill

The British prime minister was also an accomplished author who published more than 40 books.

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Neither Snow nor Rain nor Heat nor Gloom of Night Can Stop the U.S. Postal Service, but Saturdays Soon Will

Following yesterday’s decision to end Saturday mail delivery, find out more about the long history of the U.S. Postal Service.

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Did Neanderthals Die Out Much Earlier Than We Thought?

A new study has cast doubt on a popular theory that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals once co-existed in Europe.

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Grand Central Terminal: An American Icon Turns 100

As we celebrate its centennial, here are 10 things you should know about this New York landmark.

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The Mother of All Catalogs Ceases Publication, 10 Years Ago

Ten years after its last issue hit mailboxes, take a look back at the history of the Sears catalog.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the California Gold Rush

On the 165th anniversary of the discovery at Sutter’s Mill, check out 8 facts you may not know about the California Gold Rush.

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German Gold Going Home?

This week’s move marks the end of a financial arrangement meant to protect German interests at the height of the Cold War.

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9 Things You May Not Know About the Pentagon

Seventy years after its completion, check out nine facts about the complex that the U.S. Department of Defense calls home.