History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

West Virginia Stamp

8 Things You May Not Know About West Virginia

On the 150th anniversary of West Virginia’s admission to the Union, learn eight surprising facts about America’s 35th state.

Francis Ouimet

Golf’s Greatest Surprise, 100 Years Ago

When Francis Ouimet—a working-class amateur with a 10-year-old caddie—beat the top pros in the 1913 U.S. Open, he changed golf forever.

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The Battle for Jim Thorpe’s Body

As America celebrates the 125th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s birth, a judge has ordered his remains to be moved to his native Oklahoma.

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Hanging Gardens Existed, but not in Babylon

An Oxford researcher says she has found evidence of the elusive Hanging Gardens of Babylon—but 300 miles from Babylon.

Kevin Krigger riding Goldencents at the 2013 Santa Anita Derby.

The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Black Jockeys

As Kevin Krigger seeks to become the first black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby since 1902, learn about the African-American riders who once ruled the race.

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The Court-Martial of Paul Revere

Four years after Paul Revere’s midnight ride, a military disaster left the famous patriot under arrest and facing charges of insubordination and cowardice.

Martin Luther King Jr.

10 Things You May Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr.

Explore 10 surprising facts about the civil rights leader.

Great Flood

The Superstorm That Flooded America 100 Years Ago

On the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913, take a look back at the most widespread disaster in American history.

Alcatraz Island

10 Things You May Not Know About Alcatraz

On the 50th anniversary of the closing of America’s most infamous prison, explore 10 surprising facts about Alcatraz.

George Washington St. Patrick's Day

George Washington’s Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day

When General George Washington needed to boost sagging patriot morale, he enlisted a rarely celebrated holiday—St. Patrick’s Day—to the cause.

Vatican Facts

10 Things You May Not Know About the Vatican

As cardinals begin their conclave at the Vatican to elect a new pope, explore 10 things you may not know about the seat of the Catholic Church.

U.S. Currency

8 Things You May Not Know About American Money

On the 150th anniversary of the law creating a single national currency, explore eight surprising facts about American money.

Tunguska

The Last Time a Meteor Rocked Russia

Last Friday’s meteor blast recalled the memory of an even more powerful space rock explosion over Siberia: the mysterious 1908 Tunguska event.