History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“Dracula’s Dungeon” Unearthed in Turkey

Turkish archaeologists say they have discovered dungeons that once held Vlad the Impaler, the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Did Marco Polo Visit Alaska?

According to a new book, centuries-old maps may reveal that Marco Polo sailed to the New World 200 years before Christopher Columbus.

Lighting Simulation Offers More Proof of Moon Landing

Lighting Simulation Offers More Proof of Moon Landing

A new virtual lighting model by computer graphics chipmaker Nvidia debunks claims that the Apollo moon landings were staged.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Sigmund Freud

On the 75th anniversary of Dr. Sigmund Freud’s death, learn 10 surprising facts about the father of modern psychoanalysis.

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The Capture of the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapper, 80 Years Ago

On the 80th anniversary of Bruno Hauptmann’s arrest, look back at the big break in the search for the Lindbergh baby’s kidnapper.

World War II intelligence files released by Britain's National Archives in September, 2014. (Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

British Files Reveal Secrets of WWII Spies, Traitors

Newly released WWII files confirm the existence of a legendary seductive spy and reveal more about one of Britain’s most notorious traitors.

Francis Scott Key watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry

9 Things You May Not Know About “The Star-Spangled Banner”

On the bicentennial of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” learn surprising facts about the national anthem and the man who wrote its lyrics.