History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

An exterior view of Cornelius Gurlitt's apartment building. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images)

$1.35 Billion in Nazi-Looted Art Found in Munich

German authorities report that 1,400 artworks thought looted by the Nazis have been discovered in a squalid Munich apartment.

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America’s First Sports Superstar

A new book reveals how hard-hitting, hard-drinking Gilded Age boxer John L. Sullivan became America’s first sports hero.

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“The War of the Worlds” Broadcast, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles radio drama “The War of the Worlds,” look back at the most famous broadcast in radio history.

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Solomon Northup After His “12 Years a Slave”

With Oscar buzz building around “12 Years a Slave,” find out more about the mysterious life of protagonist Solomon Northup.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Teddy Roosevelt

As the 155th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s birth nears, discover 10 surprising facts about America’s 26th president.

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The United Nations Headquarters That Never Was

On United Nations Day, take a look back at a proposal to build a massive U.N. headquarters in the remote Black Hills of South Dakota.

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New Research Reveals President Taft’s Modern, Low-Carb Diet

New research has revealed that the portliest of American presidents shed 60 pounds on a modern, low-carb diet.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Marie Antoinette

On the 220th anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution, learn 10 surprising facts about the former queen of France.

Leonardo da Vinci's sketch of Isabella d'Este (left) and the recently found painting (right), purportedly by da Vinci as well.

Painting in Swiss Vault May Be Leonardo Da Vinci’s

A previously unknown painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci may have been found in a Swiss bank vault.

Leif Eriksson statue in Reykjavik, Iceland (Credit: iStockphotos.com)

The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America

Leif Eriksson Day commemorates the Norse explorer believed to have led the first European expedition to North America.

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Mount Vernon Opens New George Washington Presidential Library

More than two centuries after George Washington’s death, his wish to build his own presidential library has finally been fulfilled.

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Chamberlain Declares “Peace for Our Time,” 75 Years Ago

On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain received a rowdy homecoming after signing a peace pact with Nazi Germany.

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Document Reveals 1961 Nuclear Close-Call over North Carolina

A newly declassified document reveals how close the United States came to accidentally detonating a nuclear bomb on North Carolina in 1961.