History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

Jesus' Wife Papyrus Credit: Karen L. King 2012

Tests Reveal “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” Not Fake

Scientific testing has determined that a controversial papyrus fragment suggesting Jesus was married is not a modern forgery.

Lithograph depicting the 1864 Confederate assault on Fort Pillow

Fort Pillow Controversy Lingers, 150 Years Later

Hundreds of Union troops, many of them African Americans, died at Fort Pillow 150 years ago. How it happened is still hotly debated.

Hank Aaron hits home run 715, breaking Babe Ruth's record, on April 8, 1974. (Credit: Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

When Hank Aaron Passed the Babe, 40 Years Ago

Forty years after Hank Aaron’s 715th career home run, look back at the moment he surpassed the immortal Babe Ruth.

The goblet of the Infanta Dona Urrace in Spain's Basilica of San Isidro (Credit: Getty Images)

Is the Quest for the Holy Grail Over?

A pair of historians claim they have discovered the elusive Holy Grail inside a Spanish basilica.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Eiffel Tower

On the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower’s completion, explore 10 surprising facts about the Parisian icon.

Portage, Alaska (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

The Great Alaska Earthquake, 50 Years Ago

Look back at the 9.2-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in North America, which shook Alaska 50 years ago.

Items relating to the 1944 POW escape from Stalag Luft III on display at London's Imperial War Museum. (Credit: Graeme Robertson/Getty Image)

Remembering “The Great Escape,” 70 Years Ago

Ceremonies are marking the 70th anniversary of “The Great Escape” of 76 Allied airmen from a Nazi prisoner of war camp.

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The Birth of OK, 175 Years Ago

Thanks in part to its adoption in the 1840 presidential campaign, what began as a lame joke in a Boston newspaper morphed into one of the most ubiquitous expressions in the English language

Students walk past a mural dedicated to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (Credit: Ted Aljibe/Getty Images)

History’s Missing Passenger Flights

As the search for a missing Malaysian airliner continues, look back at six other times when passenger flights mysteriously vanished over water.

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Did an Irish Monk “Discover” America?

A century after St. Patrick, another Irish saint embarked on a legendary voyage that some believe took him to North America.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Andrew Jackson

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, explore 10 surprising facts about the first Irish-American president—and he wasn’t JFK.

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The Sled Dog Relay That Inspired the Iditarod

Look back at the 1925 life-or-death mission that inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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Andersonville, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the death of Andersonville’s first prisoner of war, look back at the notorious Confederate prison camp.