History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

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Frederick Douglass Escapes Slavery, 175 Years Ago

On the 175th anniversary of the escape of Frederick Douglass from slavery, look back at how the famed abolitionist became a free man.

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Jack the Ripper’s First Victim, 125 Years Ago

On the 125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper’s first suspected murder, take a look back at one of history’s most notorious serial killings.

The former Kreditbanken building at Norrmalstorg Square. (Credit: Getty Images)

The Birth of “Stockholm Syndrome,” 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, a six-day hostage drama inside a Swedish bank christened the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome.”

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10 Things You May Not Know About “Lawrence of Arabia”

On the 125th anniversary of the birth of T.E. Lawrence, learn 10 surprising facts about the man known as “Lawrence of Arabia.”

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Ford and Edison’s Excellent Camping Adventures

On the 150th anniversary of automaker Henry Ford’s birth, look back at his annual camping trips with Thomas Edison and other American icons.

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“Glory” Regiment Attacks Fort Wagner, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the bloody battle that inspired the movie “Glory,” take a look back at the all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment.

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7 Things You Should Know About the Battle of Gettysburg

On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, explore seven ways that the bloody engagement forever changed America.

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The Birth of the Tour de France, 110 Years Ago

The Tour de France, celebrating its 100th edition, was full of feats of endurance and, yes, cheating from its very first race.

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8 Things You May Not Know About West Virginia

On the 150th anniversary of West Virginia’s admission to the Union, learn eight surprising facts about America’s 35th state.

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Golf’s Greatest Surprise, 100 Years Ago

When Francis Ouimet—a working-class amateur with a 10-year-old caddie—beat the top pros in the 1913 U.S. Open, he changed golf forever.

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The Battle for Jim Thorpe’s Body

As America celebrates the 125th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s birth, a judge has ordered his remains to be moved to his native Oklahoma.

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Hanging Gardens Existed, but not in Babylon

An Oxford researcher says she has found evidence of the elusive Hanging Gardens of Babylon—but 300 miles from Babylon.

Kevin Krigger riding Goldencents at the 2013 Santa Anita Derby.

The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Black Jockeys

As Kevin Krigger seeks to become the first black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby since 1902, learn about the African-American riders who once ruled the race.