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Iraq invades Kuwait, 1990
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A British rock legend’s unlikely fascination drove him to amass the world’s largest private collection of Alamo relics, which he recently donated to the Texas landmark.
A replica of the lift system used to hoist and release deadly wild animals onto the Colosseum’s floor has been unveiled inside Rome’s ancient amphitheater.
Preservationist Adina De Zavala’s one-woman siege of the Alamo in 1908 helped to prevent the destruction of one of its most historic structures.
Although overshadowed by the fall of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre claimed the lives of twice as many Texas rebels.
A dispute over a small cannon in 1835 sparked the Texas Revolution and immortalized the battle cry “Come and Take It.”
On the 150th anniversary of the capture of Jefferson Davis by Union forces, explore 10 surprising facts about the Confederate president.
Japan’s bizarre WWII plan to bomb the continental U.S. by high-altitude balloons claimed its first and only victims, an Oregon church group, 70 years ago.
Seventy years ago, Allied aircraft embarked on a risky mission to drop food, not bombs, onto Nazi-occupied portions of the Netherlands.
On the 70th anniversary of Benito Mussolini’s execution, read about the Italian dictator’s final days and his body’s strange journey in the years after.
On the 150th anniversary of the sinking of Sultana, look back at the worst maritime disaster in American history—one you may have never heard of.
Changing course, the Pentagon will exhume and try to identify the remains of hundreds of USS Oklahoma sailors killed during the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing.
Decades after his reported death, John Wilkes Booth had a second box-office career when his purported mummy became a carnival attraction.
On the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, learn 10 surprising facts about one of the most infamous moments in American history.