History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

Martha, the last passenger pigeon, being prepared for display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. (Credit: Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History)

The Last Days of the Passenger Pigeon, 100 Years Ago

It took only a century for the passenger pigeon to go from North America’s most abundant bird species to extinction.

Partial view of excavation site in Amphipolis, Greece (Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Michaliidis)

Tomb Dating From the Time of Alexander the Great Found in Northern Greece

The Greek government has announced that an “extremely important” tomb has been found in northern Greece, sparking speculation about who may be buried inside.

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Navy Christens Research Ship Named for Sally Ride

The U.S. Navy has christened a new research vessel named in honor of the first American woman in space, Sally Ride.

Flanked by family members, Richard Nixon delivers farewell address in the East Room of the White House, August 9, 1974.

The Last Hours of the Nixon Presidency, 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign from office. Read how his final hours in the White House unfolded.

French aerialist Philippe Petit walks on a cable suspended between the not-yet-completed twin towers of the World Trade Center, August 7, 1974. (Credit: Associated Press)

The Twin Towers High-Wire Walk, 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, New York awoke to find Philippe Petit walking on a wire between the 110-story Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

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The Battle of Mobile Bay, 150 Years Ago

Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and supposedly delivered one of history’s most iconic orders 150 years ago.

Part of the ship's keel, which researchers identified as hickory, indicating the ship was probably built in the northeastern United States. (Credit: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

Tree Rings Solve World Trade Center Ship Mystery

Using tree rings, scientists have identified the origins of a wooden ship unearthed at the former World Trade Center site in Manhattan four years ago.

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Warren G. Harding’s Steamy Love Letters Unsealed

Newly released love letters between Warren G. Harding and his longtime mistress reveal a surprising side of the 29th president.

Artist rendering of Kepler-421b (Credit: David A. Aguilar/CFA)

Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year Found

Using the Kepler telescope, astronomers have found an orbiting body with the longest year—704 days—of any transiting exoplanet yet discovered.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Samuel Colt

On the 200th anniversary of Samuel Colt’s birth, learn 10 surprising facts about the gun manufacturer and industrialist.

Left to Right: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.

What If the Moon Landing Had Failed?

On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch, read about the chilling presidential speech prepared in case disaster struck the moon landing.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Babe Ruth

On the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s major-league debut, learn 10 surprising facts about baseball’s biggest icon.

Plaque commemorating attack at Fort Stevens (Credit DBKING/Wikimedia Commons)

Lincoln’s Battlefield Brush with Death, 150 Years Ago

At the Battle of Fort Stevens 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln came within feet of being shot by a Confederate sniper.