History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

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.

Gerald Ford Turkey Pardon

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.”

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8 Things You May Not Know About Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

On the centennial of Jonas Salk’s birth, explore eight surprising facts about the groundbreaking polio vaccine that he developed.

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Archaeologists Unearth Giant Sphinx—in California

California archaeologists have unearthed a piece of Hollywood history—a plaster sphinx from the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille epic “The Ten Commandments.”

herbert hoover

10 Things You May Not Know About Herbert Hoover

On the 50th anniversary of Herbert Hoover’s death, learn 10 surprising facts about America’s 31st president.

london beer flood

The London Beer Flood, 200 Years Ago

Two centuries ago, a brewery accident unleashed a deadly tidal wave of beer through a London neighborhood in one of history’s strangest disasters.

waldorf astoria hotel

Iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel Changes Hands

Explore 10 surprising facts about the legendary New York landmark that yesterday sold for $1.95 billion to a Chinese insurance company.

The Kon-Tiki voyage, 1947.

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki Voyage

On the 100th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl’s birth, look back at his historic voyage across the Pacific on the primitive raft Kon-Tiki.