History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

Artist rendering of Kepler-421b (Credit: David A. Aguilar/CFA)

Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year Found

Using the Kepler telescope, astronomers have found an orbiting body with the longest year—704 days—of any transiting exoplanet yet discovered.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Samuel Colt

On the 200th anniversary of Samuel Colt’s birth, learn 10 surprising facts about the gun manufacturer and industrialist.

Left to Right: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.

What If the Moon Landing Had Failed?

On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch, read about the chilling presidential speech prepared in case disaster struck the moon landing.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Babe Ruth

On the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s major-league debut, learn 10 surprising facts about baseball’s biggest icon.

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Lincoln’s Battlefield Brush with Death, 150 Years Ago

At the Battle of Fort Stevens 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln came within feet of being shot by a Confederate sniper.

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10 Things You May Not Know About John D. Rockefeller

On the 175th anniversary of John D. Rockefeller’s birth, explore 10 surprising facts about the oil tycoon and philanthropist.

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Ancient Sumerian Relics Found in English Cupboard

When researchers at Britain’s University of Bristol were cleaning out a cupboard, they made a stunning discovery.

Clint Dempsey and teammates celebrate Dempsey's goal in a group match tie between the United States at Portugal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images)

The Forgotten Golden Age of American Soccer

As the World Cup sparks soccer fever in the United States, look back at the forgotten golden age of American soccer—the 1920s.

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Deeper Roots of Northern Slavery Unearthed

An investigation has revealed that one of Colonial New England’s most aristocratic families participated in the slave trade.

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The Civil War Comes to France, 150 Years Ago

When the Union and Confederacy battled in a ship-to-ship duel 150 years ago, they did so in a most unusual locale—off the coast of France.

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10 Things You Should Know About Iceland

As Iceland celebrates the 70th anniversary of its independence, explore 10 surprising facts about the island nation.

Baseball game at the Hall of Fame's Doubleday Field on June 12, 1939 (Credit: LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Baseball’s Cooperstown Myth

As the Baseball Hall of Fame turns 75, read how the shrine to baseball’s gods was built upon a carefully constructed creation myth.

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The Weather Forecast That Saved D-Day

In spite of the years of planning invested in D-Day, the invasion’s ultimate fate relied on an unlikely figure—a weatherman.