History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

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Historian Seeks Death Certificate to End Billy the Kid Rumors

An historian fed up with doubts about Billy the Kid’s demise has petitioned a New Mexico court to create a death certificate for the famous outlaw.

Remains found at the Khonkho Wankane site. (Credit: Scott C. Smith)

Ancient Mortuary That Boiled, Defleshed Corpses Unearthed

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient mortuary complex used to ritually strip human corpses of their flesh near Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca.

The Buddha alongside an image from an earlier CT scan. (Credit: Drents Museum)

CT Scan Reveals Mummified Monk Inside Ancient Buddha Statue

A medical examination of a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue has revealed a shocking surprise hidden inside.

Souvenir booklet for the 1915 World's Fair

10 Top Draws of San Francisco’s 1915 World’s Fair

On the centennial of the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco, take a virtual tour through some of its most popular—and most unusual—attractions.

Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, high priest of the Asatru Association, leads a 2102 procession near Reykjavik, Iceland. (Credit: STRINGER/Reuters/Corbis)

First Viking Temple in 1,000 Years Coming to Iceland

For the first time in a millennium, Iceland will have a shrine honoring the ancient Norse gods once worshipped by the Vikings.

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A Brief History of Presidential Drinking

On Presidents’ Day, explore the boozy history of America’s chief executives with the author of a new book on presidential vices.

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The Lincoln Memorial’s Bizarre Rejected Designs

On Lincoln’s Birthday, look back at some of the bizarre alternate designs, including an Egyptian pyramid, proposed for the Lincoln Memorial.

USS Arizona survivor, retired Lieutenant Commander Joseph Langdell at the 65th anniversary commemorations at Pearl Harbor, 2006. (Credit: U.S. Department of Defense)

Oldest Surviving USS Arizona Crewman Dies at 100

Joe Langdell, the oldest surviving crewman assigned to USS Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, died last week at age 100.

Speaker John Boehner presents the Congressional Gold Medal to American Eugene Gutierrez and Canadian Charles Mann, members of the 1st Special Service Force. (Credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

WWII “Devil’s Brigade” Honored by Congress

The elite WWII commando unit nicknamed the “Devil’s Brigade” has received the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor.

2013 Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Groundhog Was Once on Punxsutawney’s Menu

More than a century ago, Punxsutawney residents relied on groundhogs for more than just weather forecasts. They ate them as well.

The 13th Amendment, bearing Lincoln's signature (Credit: National Archives)

Congress Passes 13th Amendment, 150 Years Ago

Look back 150 years ago when Congress approved the 13th Amendment, which officially abolished slavery in the United States.

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Winston Churchill’s Funeral, 50 Years Ago

Fifty years after Great Britain said farewell to Winston Churchill, look back at the largest state funeral the world had ever seen up to that point in time.

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The Bizarre History of the NFL’s First Title Game

As Super Bowl XLIX approaches, look back at the NFL’s strange first championship game, played indoors on a 60-yard field squeezed into a hockey rink.