History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

Depiction of a witch trial by English painter William Powell Frith.

Before Salem, the First American Witch Hunt

Thirty years before the infamous Salem witch trials, a witch hunt hysteria swept through another colonial New England town.

Rudolf Anderson

The Cuban Missile Crisis Pilot Whose Death May Have Saved Millions

Fifty years ago, U-2 pilot Rudolf Anderson Jr. was shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His death may have saved the lives of millions.

Cuban Missile Crisis

10 Things You May Not Know About the Cuban Missile Crisis

On the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis, explore 10 surprising facts about the Cold War’s most dangerous moment.

Theodore Roosevelt Assassination Attempt

Shot in the Chest 100 Years Ago, Teddy Roosevelt Kept on Talking

One hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt delivered a 90-minute speech moments after being shot in the chest.

Pete Rose

Document Banning Pete Rose From Baseball Goes on Sale

The 1989 agreement that banned Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader, from the sport is being put up for auction.

Christopher Columbus Facts

10 Things You May Not Know About Christopher Columbus

In honor of Columbus Day, check out 10 things you may not know about the explorer who sailed the ocean blue in 1492.

Barack Obama and John McCain take part in the first debate of the 2008 presidential election. (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

7 Things You May Not Know About U.S. Presidential Debates

As the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates finally meet face to face, explore seven surprising facts about the history of presidential debates.

Signing of the Constitution

7 Things You May Not Know About the Constitutional Convention

On the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, explore seven surprising facts about the framers and the Constitutional Convention.

Battle of Antietam

7 Ways the Battle of Antietam Changed America

America’s bloodiest day, 150 years ago, changed the course of the Civil War—and the country itself—forever.

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants face off in November 2008. (Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)

How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

As the NFL season kicks off, look back at football’s brutal beginnings and President Theodore Roosevelt’s quest to save the sport from abolition.

Bread and Roses Strike

The Strike That Shook America 100 Years Ago

As the United States commemorates Labor Day, take a look back at a landmark victory for American workers: the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.

Ice King

The Man Who Shipped New England Ice Around the World

Iced drinks were luxuries for the rich until 19th-century entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made a fortune shipping New England ice around the world.

Dust Bowl

10 Things You May Not Know About the Dust Bowl

As the United States experiences its worst dry spell in 50 years, explore 10 surprising facts about its most epic drought disaster—the Dust Bowl.