History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

USS Arizona survivor, retired Lieutenant Commander Joseph Langdell at the 65th anniversary commemorations at Pearl Harbor, 2006. (Credit: U.S. Department of Defense)

Oldest Surviving USS Arizona Crewman Dies at 100

Joe Langdell, the oldest surviving crewman assigned to USS Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, died last week at age 100.

Speaker John Boehner presents the Congressional Gold Medal to American Eugene Gutierrez and Canadian Charles Mann, members of the 1st Special Service Force. (Credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

WWII “Devil’s Brigade” Honored by Congress

The elite WWII commando unit nicknamed the “Devil’s Brigade” has received the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor.

2013 Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Groundhog Was Once on Punxsutawney’s Menu

More than a century ago, Punxsutawney residents relied on groundhogs for more than just weather forecasts. They ate them as well.

The 13th Amendment, bearing Lincoln's signature (Credit: National Archives)

Congress Passes 13th Amendment, 150 Years Ago

Look back 150 years ago when Congress approved the 13th Amendment, which officially abolished slavery in the United States.

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Winston Churchill’s Funeral, 50 Years Ago

Fifty years after Great Britain said farewell to Winston Churchill, look back at the largest state funeral the world had ever seen up to that point in time.

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The Bizarre History of the NFL’s First Title Game

As Super Bowl XLIX approaches, look back at the NFL’s strange first championship game, played indoors on a 60-yard field squeezed into a hockey rink.

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Beard on King Tut’s Mask Snapped Off, Glued Back On

Egyptian Museum workers accidentally snapped the beard off King Tut’s burial mask and then used epoxy to glue it back. Can the damage be repaired?

Production still from the filming of "Fury." (Credit: Columbia Pictures)

The Final Push to Berlin: The History Behind “Fury”

Learn more about the last days of World War II in Europe that serve as the backdrop to the war drama “Fury.”

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10 Things You May Not Know About John Adams

Learn 10 surprising facts about the scholarly Sons of Liberty member who served as the second president of the United States.

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10 Things You Should Know About Joseph Warren

Learn 10 surprising facts about the oft-forgotten Sons of Liberty leader who died in battle before the United States was even born.

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The Real-Life Story Behind “American Sniper”

Learn the real-life story of Chris Kyle, the late Navy SEAL sharpshooter portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film “American Sniper.”

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The Real-Life Haunts of the Sons of Liberty

Explore some of the revolutionaries’ real-life haunts in Boston.

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6 Myths About the Battle of New Orleans

On the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, learn the truth behind six common myths about the last major engagement of the War of 1812.