History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

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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.

A first edition of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (bottom) and an original layout (top) (Credit: AP Photo/Tony Talbot)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Turns 75

Now a Christmas icon, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by a department store adman enduring a great personal tragedy 75 years ago.

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The Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights

Edward Hibberd Johnson not only added flash and color to Christmas trees when he introduced electric lights in 1882, he saved lives in the process.

British memorial commemorating the 1914 Christmas Truce (Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

World War I’s Christmas Truce, 100 Years Ago

On the Christmas Truce’s centennial, look back at the moment when the holiday spirit sparked impromptu ceasefires along World War I’s Western Front.

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When Edison Turned Night into Day

When Thomas Edison demonstrated the first practical incandescent light bulb on New Year’s Eve 135 years ago, it marked the dawn of the electric age.

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10 Things You May Not Know About George Armstrong Custer

On the 175th anniversary of George Armstrong Custer’s birth, explore 10 surprising facts about the controversial general killed at Little Bighorn.

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America’s Honorary Citizens

As Congress considers honorary U.S. citizenship for Spaniard Bernardo de Gálvez, learn about the seven foreign nationals who have received the tribute.

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The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Look back 90 years ago at the humble origins of an American holiday tradition—the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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A Brief History of the Presidential Turkey Pardon

The annual Thanksgiving ritual of granting presidential pardons to White House turkeys is not as hallowed as you may think.

Napoleon’s Hat Fetches $2.4 Million at Auction

Napoleon’s Hat Fetches $2.4 Million at Auction

A Napoleon memorabilia auction this past weekend brought in $12.5 million and proved the enduring interest in the French emperor.