History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

The H.L. Hunley in conservsation lab in North Charleston, South Carolina.The H.L. Hunley in conservsation lab in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The Hunley’s Daring Submarine Mission, 150 Years Ago

When the Confederate submarine Hunley sank a Union warship 150 years ago, it didn’t change the course of the Civil War, yet it altered naval warfare forever.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know Happened on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is filled not only with cards, roses and chocolates but plenty of history as well.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Charles Darwin

In honor of Darwin Day, learn 10 surprising facts about the famed evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

Slides from the US 1918 Flu Pandemic (Credit: Karen Kasmauski/Science Faction/Corbis)

China Epicenter of 1918 Flu Pandemic, Historian Says

According to new research by a Canadian historian, the 1918 flu outbreak that killed 50 million people originated in China.

Illustration of ski jumping event at 1924 Winter Olympics (Credit: Getty Images)

The First Winter Olympics

As the XXII Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia, look back at the humble origins of the Winter Games 90 years ago.

Phytosaur skull discovered by Texas Tech University in 2001. (Credit: Texas Tech University/Bill Mueller)

Prehistoric Crocodile-Like Species Discovered in Texas

Texas Tech University scientists have unearthed evidence of a previously unknown species of ancient crocodile-like creatures.

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Rabbits Unearth Ancient Treasures at English Landmark

Look out Indiana Jones. A family of burrowing rabbits, not a team of archaeologists, has discovered a trove of Bronze Age artifacts in England.

A skull excavated from a site near London's Liverpool Station in August 2013. (Credit: Andrew Winning/Corbis Images)

Grisly London Discovery May Be Proof of City’s Gladiators

New forensic research on 39 skulls unearthed in London may offer the first proof of Roman-era gladiators in the ancient city.

Bao Bao, the National Zoo's newest panda cub, meets the media for the first time on January 6, 2014. (Credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

When “Panda-Monium” Swept America

As panda cub Bao Bao readies for her public debut, look back at the frenzied arrival of the National Zoo’s first giant pandas in 1972.

Matthew G. Axelson, Daniel R. Healy, James Suh, Marcus Luttrell, Eric S. Patton and Michael P. Murphy pose in Afghanistan on June 18, 2005. Ten days later, all but Luttrell would be killed by enemy forces while supporting Operating Red Wings, which also claimed the lives of Danny Dietz and 13 other Navy Seals. (Credit: U.S. Navy/Getty Images)

The Real-Life Story Behind “Lone Survivor”

Before “Lone Survivor” hits theaters on January 10, read the incredible tale of Marcus Luttrell and his fellow Navy SEALs that is the basis for the film.

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The Burning of Buffalo, 200 Years Ago

Months before torching Washington, D.C., in the War of 1812, British forces burned Buffalo, New York, to the ground 200 years ago.

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The Saga of Van Gogh’s Ear, 125 Years Ago

Troubled Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh lost his left earlobe 125 years ago, but not all art historians believe the wound was self-inflicted.

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Santa Goes to War

The modern image of Santa Claus first appeared in a Civil War illustration, and it wasn’t the last time St. Nick was deployed in wartime.