History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

A first edition of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (bottom) and an original layout (top) (Credit: AP Photo/Tony Talbot)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Turns 75

Now a Christmas icon, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by a department store adman enduring a great personal tragedy 75 years ago.

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The Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights

Edward Hibberd Johnson not only added flash and color to Christmas trees when he introduced electric lights in 1882, he saved lives in the process.

British memorial commemorating the 1914 Christmas Truce (Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

World War I’s Christmas Truce, 100 Years Ago

On the Christmas Truce’s centennial, look back at the moment when the holiday spirit sparked impromptu ceasefires along World War I’s Western Front.

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When Edison Turned Night into Day

When Thomas Edison demonstrated the first practical incandescent light bulb on New Year’s Eve 135 years ago, it marked the dawn of the electric age.

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10 Things You May Not Know About George Armstrong Custer

On the 175th anniversary of George Armstrong Custer’s birth, explore 10 surprising facts about the controversial general killed at Little Bighorn.

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America’s Honorary Citizens

As Congress considers honorary U.S. citizenship for Spaniard Bernardo de Gálvez, learn about the seven foreign nationals who have received the tribute.

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade (Credit: Pavel Kassin/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)

The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Look back 90 years ago at the humble origins of an American holiday tradition—the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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A Brief History of the Presidential Turkey Pardon

The annual Thanksgiving ritual of granting presidential pardons to White House turkeys is not as hallowed as you may think.

Napoleon’s Hat Fetches $2.4 Million at Auction

Napoleon’s Hat Fetches $2.4 Million at Auction

A Napoleon memorabilia auction this past weekend brought in $12.5 million and proved the enduring interest in the French emperor.

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151 Years Later, Gettysburg Hero Awarded Medal of Honor

Alonzo Cushing, a Union lieutenant killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, has finally received the Medal of Honor 151 years after his death.

West German protestors gather at the Brandenburg Gate, November 1989

10 Things You May Not Know About the Berlin Wall

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, learn 10 surprising facts about the iconic Cold War symbol.

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The Last American Vampire

The grisly vampire hysteria that gripped a New England town in 1892 sounds like a Halloween legend, but it is a true tale of the macabre.

Ring Magazine cover promoting the Ali-Foreman fight (Credit: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

The “Rumble in the Jungle,” 40 Years Ago

On the 40th anniversary of the epic heavyweight title fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, look back at boxing’s “Rumble in the Jungle.”