History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (r) listens as Phil Collins speaks in front of The Alamo, announcing the donation of his collection of historical Alamo artifacts on June 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Phil Collins Has Always Remembered the Alamo

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.

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1,500 Years Later, Killer Animal Elevator Returns to Colosseum

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.

A 1907 postcard rallying Texans to "Save the Alamo."

The “Second Battle of the Alamo”

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.

Monument marking the graves of the victims of the Goliad Massacre.

The Goliad Massacre—The Other Alamo

Although overshadowed by the fall of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre claimed the lives of twice as many Texas rebels.

Reproduction of the “Come and Take It" flag.

The First Shots of the Texas Revolution

A dispute over a small cannon in 1835 sparked the Texas Revolution and immortalized the battle cry “Come and Take It.”

A postwar portrait of Jefferson Davis.

10 Things You May Not Know About Jefferson Davis

On the 150th anniversary of the capture of Jefferson Davis by Union forces, explore 10 surprising facts about the Confederate president.

A Japanese balloon bomb recovered near Milton, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1945. (Credit: Canadian Press File Photo)

Attack of Japan’s Killer WWII Balloons, 70 Years Ago

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.

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The Allies’ Mission of Mercy, 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.

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Mussolini’s Final Hours, 70 Years Ago

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.

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The Forgotten Story of America’s Titanic, 150 Years Ago

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.

Gravestone identifying it as the resting place of seven unknowns from USS Oklahoma. (Credit: AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

In Reversal, Pearl Harbor Unknowns to Be Exhumed

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.

The purported mummy of John Wilkes Booth in 1937 (Credit: William Vandivert/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

The John Wilkes Booth Mummy That Toured America

Decades after his reported death, John Wilkes Booth had a second box-office career when his purported mummy became a carnival attraction.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Lincoln Assassination

On the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, learn 10 surprising facts about one of the most infamous moments in American history.