History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

Spanish Armada cannon recovered off the coast of County Sligo. (Credit: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

Spanish Armada Cannons Recovered Off Irish Coast

Divers have recovered cannons and other relics from a Spanish Armada warship that sank off the coast of Ireland more than 400 years ago.

S.S. Eastland lying on its side after capsizing. (Credit Chicago Tribune historical photo/TNS via Getty Images)

Chicago’s Deadliest Day, 100 Years Ago

On the centennial of the capsizing of SS Eastland, which claimed 844 lives, look back at the deadliest disaster in Chicago history.

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Disneyland’s Disastrous Opening Day, 60 Years Ago

On the 60th anniversary of Disneyland’s opening day, look back at the problem-plagued unveiling that park employees dubbed “Black Sunday.”

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8 Forgotten Capitals of the United States

On the 225th anniversary of the selection of Washington, D.C., as the future national capital, explore eight other locales that were once the seats of American power.

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Triumph and Tragedy Atop the Matterhorn, 150 Years Ago

Englishman Edward Whymper and six others made the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago—but only three made it down alive.

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Design Competition Launched for National World War I Memorial

Two weeks remain in an open competition to submit designs for the latest monument to be constructed in Washington, D.C.—the World War I Memorial.

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8 Famous Figures Born on the Fourth of July

Learn about eight real-life Yankee Doodle Dandies who share a July 4th birthday with the United States.

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7 Times the U.S.-Canada Border Wasn’t So Peaceful

The U.S.-Canada border wasn’t always so peaceful. On Canada Day, look back at seven times when the United States clashed violently with its northern neighbor.

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A Very Short History of the Leap Second

For the 26th time since 1972, a leap second will be added to the clock to compensate for the Earth’s slowing rotation. But will it be history’s last?

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10 Famous Korean War Veterans

On the 65th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, learn about 10 notables who served in the conflict.

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Baby Found Hidden in Coffin of Mummified Swedish Bishop

A CT scan has revealed the tiny body of a premature baby tucked under the feet of a Lutheran bishop’s 336-year-old mummified remains.

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7 Things You May Not Know About the Battle of Waterloo

Two centuries after Napoleon met his Waterloo, learn seven surprising facts about one of the most significant battles in European history.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Battle of Bunker Hill

On the Battle of Bunker Hill’s 240th anniversary, explore 10 surprising facts about the first major battle of the American Revolution.