History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

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.

Has Jack the Ripper's Identity Been Revealed?

Has Jack the Ripper’s Identity Been Revealed?

The author of a new book claims to have solved one of history’s coldest cases and unmasked the identity of Jack the Ripper.

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The First Battle of the Marne, 100 Years Ago

On the centennial of the First Battle of the Marne, look back at the bloody fight that saved Paris and changed the course of World War I.

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The Birth of the National Football League

As a new season kicks off, look back at the National Football League’s humble origins in an Ohio auto dealership and its inaugural 1920 season.

Polish soldiers captured by the Germans during invasion of Poland, August 1939. (Credit: Hugo Jaeger/Timepix/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

World War II Begins, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland, look back at the Nazi offensive that launched World War II.

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2,700-Year-Old Phoenician Shipwreck Discovered

An ancient Phoenician shipwreck found off the coast of Malta may be the oldest ever discovered in the Mediterranean Sea.