History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

Launch of Buran space shuttle on November 15, 1963. (Credit: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)

The Lone Soviet Space Shuttle Launch, 25 Years Ago

On the 25th anniversary of the launch of Buran, look back at the one and only flight of the Soviet version of the space shuttle.

Joao Goulart Exhumation

Digging Up the Dead: History’s Most Famous Exhumations

As Brazil disinters the remains of its former president to investigate claims he was murdered, explore 10 of history’s most famous exhumations.

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Kristallnacht, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of the “night of broken glass,” look back at the Nazi pogrom that foreshadowed the Holocaust.

Andrew Carroll (Credit: Chris Carroll)

Vast War Letter Collection Finds New Home

As Veterans Day approaches, a massive wartime letter collection prepares to celebrate its 15th anniversary at its new permanent home.

An exterior view of Cornelius Gurlitt's apartment building. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images)

$1.35 Billion in Nazi-Looted Art Found in Munich

German authorities report that 1,400 artworks thought looted by the Nazis have been discovered in a squalid Munich apartment.

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America’s First Sports Superstar

A new book reveals how hard-hitting, hard-drinking Gilded Age boxer John L. Sullivan became America’s first sports hero.

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“The War of the Worlds” Broadcast, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles radio drama “The War of the Worlds,” look back at the most famous broadcast in radio history.

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Solomon Northup After His “12 Years a Slave”

With Oscar buzz building around “12 Years a Slave,” find out more about the mysterious life of protagonist Solomon Northup.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Teddy Roosevelt

As the 155th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s birth nears, discover 10 surprising facts about America’s 26th president.

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The United Nations Headquarters That Never Was

On United Nations Day, take a look back at a proposal to build a massive U.N. headquarters in the remote Black Hills of South Dakota.

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New Research Reveals President Taft’s Modern, Low-Carb Diet

New research has revealed that the portliest of American presidents shed 60 pounds on a modern, low-carb diet.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Marie Antoinette

On the 220th anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution, learn 10 surprising facts about the former queen of France.

Leonardo da Vinci's sketch of Isabella d'Este (left) and the recently found painting (right), purportedly by da Vinci as well.

Painting in Swiss Vault May Be Leonardo Da Vinci’s

A previously unknown painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci may have been found in a Swiss bank vault.