History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

Painting depicting Robert E. Lee's surrender to Ulysses S. Grant in the front parlor of Wilmer McLean's Appomattox home on April 9, 1865. (Credit: Ed Vebell/Getty Images)

How the Civil War Stalked Wilmer McLean

The Civil War seemed to stalk unfortunate Wilmer McLean, who could say that the conflict began in his front yard and ended in his front parlor.

The camel skeleton unearthed near the Danube River in Tulln, Austria. (Credit: Alfred Galik/Vetmeduni Vienna)

Ottoman “War Camel” Skeleton Found in Austrian Basement

Archaeologists have determined that animal bones found in an Austrian cellar are the remains of a 17th century Ottoman “war camel.”

Exterior of "La Casa Pacifica," 1973 (Credit: Julian Wasser/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Nixon’s “Western White House” Listed for $75 Million

The oceanfront villa in San Clemente, California, that served as Richard Nixon’s presidential retreat is up for sale for $75 million.

typhoid mary

10 Things You May Not Know About “Typhoid Mary”

Check out 10 surprising facts about “Typhoid Mary” on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of her 23-year quarantine.

An empty frame stands where Rembrandt's '"The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" once was. (Credit: David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

History’s Biggest Art Heist Remains Unsolved, 25 Years Later

The largest art heist in history remains unsolved 25 years after thieves stole 13 masterpieces worth $500 million from a Boston museum. So whodunit?

Irish famine plot in Kenmare, County Cork. (Credit: Christopher Klein)

The Warship of Peace That Fed Famine-Stricken Ireland

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, revisit America’s first major foreign disaster relief effort when a warship delivered food to Ireland during the potato famine.

A piece of jawbone discovered in the Ledi-Geraru research area in Ethiopia. (Credit: Minasse Wondimu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Discovery of Oldest Human Fossil Fills Evolutionary Gap

A newly unearthed fossil from Ethiopia is altering the timeline of human evolution, pushing it back by nearly a half-million years.

An early Constant Girard watch, one of the first mass-produced brands, created for German naval officers during World War I.

How World War I Led to the Apple Watch

Apple has unveiled its new smartwatch, but if not for a century-old war, the high-tech timepiece may never have been developed.

Rep. John Lewis stand on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, nearly 50 years after the brutal events of "Bloody Sunday." (Credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Selma’s “Bloody Sunday,” 50 Years Ago

On the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” look back at the assault on civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, that led to the Voting Rights Act.

The cast of "The Sound of Music" at the film's 1965 premiere. (Credit: Bruce Bailey/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Real History Behind “The Sound of Music”

On the 50th anniversary of the premier of “The Sound of Music,” explore the true history behind one of the most popular films of all time.

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Historian Seeks Death Certificate to End Billy the Kid Rumors

An historian fed up with doubts about Billy the Kid’s demise has petitioned a New Mexico court to create a death certificate for the famous outlaw.

Remains found at the Khonkho Wankane site. (Credit: Scott C. Smith)

Ancient Mortuary That Boiled, Defleshed Corpses Unearthed

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient mortuary complex used to ritually strip human corpses of their flesh near Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca.

The Buddha alongside an image from an earlier CT scan. (Credit: Drents Museum)

CT Scan Reveals Mummified Monk Inside Ancient Buddha Statue

A medical examination of a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue has revealed a shocking surprise hidden inside.