History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

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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.

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The Secret Hitler-Stalin Pact, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of the German-Soviet nonaggression pact, look back at the secret agreement that set the stage for World War II.

Martha, the last passenger pigeon, being prepared for display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. (Credit: Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History)

The Last Days of the Passenger Pigeon, 100 Years Ago

It took only a century for the passenger pigeon to go from North America’s most abundant bird species to extinction.

Partial view of excavation site in Amphipolis, Greece (Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Michaliidis)

Tomb Dating From the Time of Alexander the Great Found in Northern Greece

The Greek government has announced that an “extremely important” tomb has been found in northern Greece, sparking speculation about who may be buried inside.

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Navy Christens Research Ship Named for Sally Ride

The U.S. Navy has christened a new research vessel named in honor of the first American woman in space, Sally Ride.

Flanked by family members, Richard Nixon delivers farewell address in the East Room of the White House, August 9, 1974.

The Last Hours of the Nixon Presidency, 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign from office. Read how his final hours in the White House unfolded.

French aerialist Philippe Petit walks on a cable suspended between the not-yet-completed twin towers of the World Trade Center, August 7, 1974. (Credit: Associated Press)

The Twin Towers High-Wire Walk, 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, New York awoke to find Philippe Petit walking on a wire between the 110-story Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

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The Battle of Mobile Bay, 150 Years Ago

Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and supposedly delivered one of history’s most iconic orders 150 years ago.

Part of the ship's keel, which researchers identified as hickory, indicating the ship was probably built in the northeastern United States. (Credit: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

Tree Rings Solve World Trade Center Ship Mystery

Using tree rings, scientists have identified the origins of a wooden ship unearthed at the former World Trade Center site in Manhattan four years ago.

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Warren G. Harding’s Steamy Love Letters Unsealed

Newly released love letters between Warren G. Harding and his longtime mistress reveal a surprising side of the 29th president.