History In The Headlines

Author: History.com Staff

Battle of New Bern

Remembering the Battle of New Bern on Its 150th Anniversary

After a pivotal Civil War clash took place there, New Bern, North Carolina, became a refuge for escaped slaves.

USS Monitor Facial Reconstruction

Faces of Drowned Civil War Sailors From USS Monitor Reconstructed

Forensic specialists have put faces to the remains of men who went down with the USS Monitor 150 years ago.

Julius Caesar

All About Leap Day

Find out more about the intriguing history of leap year, as well as some fun facts and famous people with leap day birthdays.

Organ Transplants

Organ Transplants: A Brief History

As news breaks of the longest organ transplant chain to date, explore the history of these potentially lifesaving procedures.

Nixon in China

Major Milestones in U.S.-China Relations

A look back at some pivotal moments in the complicated relationship between these two nations.

Glienicke Brücke

Prisoner Exchanges Across the Bridge of Spies, From Powers to Shcharansky

Francis Gary Powers, one of several Cold War prisoners exchanged across Berlin’s Glienicke Brücke bridge, was released 50 years ago today.

Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth Marks 60-Year Reign With Diamond Jubilee

As Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, find out which other British monarchs attained or nearly reached this milestone.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day: History and Facts

Explore Groundhog Day’s shadowy history as well as interesting facts about the custom.

Apollo 1

45 Years Ago: Apollo 1 Mission Ends in Disaster

Find out about the Apollo 1 disaster and how the American space program rebounded from the tragedy to put a human on the moon.

Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen: 5 Fascinating Facts

Find out more about the distinguished all-black unit portrayed in the new movie “Red Tails.”

Ancient Popcorn

Popcorn Was Popular in Ancient Peru, Discovery Suggests

Nearly seven millennia before movie nights and microwaves, humans snacked on popcorn, according to a new study.

Titanic Auction

Amazing Treasures From Titanic to Be Auctioned: Slideshow

Get a sneak peek at the remarkable collection of artifacts from Titanic that will be auctioned in New York this April.

Top Stories of 2011

This Year in History: 2011

As the year comes to an end, explore the top History in the Headlines stories published in 2011, from breaking news to special features.