History In The Headlines

Author: Elizabeth Hanes

St. Valentine

6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine

Who was St. Valentine, and why do we celebrate him on February 14? In honor of Valentine’s Day, get the facts about this enigmatic character.

Shubencadie Sam

Beyond Punxsutawney: Meet the Other Groundhogs

This Groundhog Day, peek inside the lifestyles of some lesser-known groundhog prognosticators across the United States and Canada.

Joe Kittinger

Joe Kittinger’s Death-Defying Leap From the Edge of Space

Over 50 years ago, Joe Kittinger rode a balloon 102,800 feet up to the edge of space. Then he jumped out.

Sputnik 1

From Sputnik to Spacewalking: 7 Soviet Space Firsts

On the 55th anniversary of Sputnik’s launch, explore seven of the Soviet Union’s firsts in the history of space exploration.

Voyager 1

6 Fascinating Facts About Space Probe Voyager 1

On the 35th anniversary of the launch of space probe Voyager 1, explore six cool facts about the farthest manmade object from Earth.

Curiosity Rover

Mars and Martian Mania: A Brief History

As NASA’s rover Curiosity continues the quest to find life on Mars, explore five key events that piqued the public interest in the Red Planet.

Defunct Olympic Sports

5 Strange Olympic Sports You Won’t See at the 2012 London Games

As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games get underway in London, explore five bizarre Olympic sports that haven’t been seen since the early 20th century.

Skylab Crash

The Day Skylab Crashed to Earth: Facts About the First U.S. Space Station’s Re-Entry

On the anniversary of Skylab’s plunge to Earth on July 11, 1979, discover how the world celebrated, feared and commercialized the spectacular event.

White House July 4th

Independence Day at the White House: 5 Fourth of July Tales

On the eve of Independence Day, get into the holiday spirit with five entertaining tales about Fourth of July celebrations at the White House.

Amelia Earhart Disappearance

What Happened to Amelia?: 9 Tantalizing Theories About the Earhart Disappearance

On the 75th anniversary of her disappearance, explore theories about Amelia Earhart’s final days—some more plausible than others.

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Amelia Earhart’s Navigator: The Life and Loss of Fred Noonan

Forever remembered as “Amelia Earhart’s navigator,” Fred Noonan disappeared with the famous aviator 75 years ago on July 2, 1937.

Emancipation Proclamation Auction

Emancipation Proclamation Copy Signed by Lincoln for Sale

Bidders can take home a rare piece of history on Tuesday when a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln goes up for auction.

Jesse James Wanted Poster

Jesse James Wanted Poster Goes Up for Auction

A rare Frank and Jesse James reward poster could fetch $25,000 when it goes under the gavel on Saturday, making it a most-wanted wanted poster.