History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

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.

One of the Land's End "archaeobunnies" (Credit: David Chapman Photography for Land's End Landmark)

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.

Painting of Wright Brothers' first flight on December 17, 1903.

10 Things You May Not Know About the Wright Brothers

On the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight, find out 10 things you may not know about the aviation pioneers.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Bonnie and Clyde

Before Sunday’s world premiere of Bonnie & Clyde, explore 10 things you may not know about the outlaw couple.

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The Night Prohibition Ended, 80 Years Ago

On the 80th anniversary of the 21st Amendment’s ratification, look back at America’s surprising reaction to the end of Prohibition.

The bombardment of San Juan de Ulua on November 27, 1838

The Pastry War, 175 Years Ago

An unpaid bakery debt launched the Pastry War between France and Mexico 175 years ago and ultimately cost General Santa Anna his leg.