History In The Headlines

Author: Christopher Klein

Leif Eriksson statue in Reykjavik, Iceland (Credit: iStockphotos.com)

The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America

Leif Eriksson Day commemorates the Norse explorer believed to have led the first European expedition to North America.

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Mount Vernon Opens New George Washington Presidential Library

More than two centuries after George Washington’s death, his wish to build his own presidential library has finally been fulfilled.

Neville Chamberlain arrives in Germany (Credit: Getty Images)

Chamberlain Declares “Peace for Our Time,” 75 Years Ago

On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain received a rowdy homecoming after signing a peace pact with Nazi Germany.

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Document Reveals 1961 Nuclear Close-Call over North Carolina

A newly declassified document reveals how close the United States came to accidentally detonating a nuclear bomb on North Carolina in 1961.

September 21, 1938 weather map. (Credit: NOAA Central Library Data Imaging Project)

The Killer Hurricane That Surprised the Northeast, 75 Years Ago

The monstrous Hurricane of 1938 killed hundreds as it tore through the Northeast—and no one knew it was coming.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Jesse Owens

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jesse Owens, learn 10 surprising facts about the Olympic track and field champion.

U.S. Navy Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry

The Battle of Lake Erie, 200 Years Ago

“We have met the enemy and they are ours,” proclaimed Oliver Perry after defeating a British fleet on Lake Erie 200 years ago.

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Frederick Douglass Escapes Slavery, 175 Years Ago

On the 175th anniversary of the escape of Frederick Douglass from slavery, look back at how the famed abolitionist became a free man.

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Jack the Ripper’s First Victim, 125 Years Ago

On the 125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper’s first suspected murder, take a look back at one of history’s most notorious serial killings.

The former Kreditbanken building at Norrmalstorg Square. (Credit: Getty Images)

The Birth of “Stockholm Syndrome,” 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, a six-day hostage drama inside a Swedish bank christened the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome.”

T.E. Lawrence

10 Things You May Not Know About “Lawrence of Arabia”

On the 125th anniversary of the birth of T.E. Lawrence, learn 10 surprising facts about the man known as “Lawrence of Arabia.”

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Ford and Edison’s Excellent Camping Adventures

On the 150th anniversary of automaker Henry Ford’s birth, look back at his annual camping trips with Thomas Edison and other American icons.

Mural depicting the Second Battle of Fort Wagner

“Glory” Regiment Attacks Fort Wagner, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the bloody battle that inspired the movie “Glory,” take a look back at the all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment.