History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

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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.

September 21, 1938 weather map. (Credit: NOAA Central Library Data Imaging Project)

The Killer Hurricane That Surprised the Northeast, 75 Years Ago

The monstrous Hurricane of 1938 killed hundreds as it tore through the Northeast—and no one knew it was coming.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Jesse Owens

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jesse Owens, learn 10 surprising facts about the Olympic track and field champion.