History In The Headlines

Author: Elizabeth Nix

An 1887 van Gogh self-portrait (Credit: Art Institute of Chicago/Wikimedia Commons)

7 Things You May Not Know About Vincent Van Gogh

On the 125th anniversary of his death, find out more about the Dutch-born painter, including what he did before becoming an artist, the unusual place where he painted some of his best-known works and why he might not have been responsible for cutting off his own ear.

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7 Fascinating Facts About the Panama Canal

On the 100th anniversary of its opening, find out more about the famous waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

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7 Fascinating Facts About Elvis Presley

On July 5, 1954, music history was made when an unknown, 19-year-old named Elvis Presley recorded “That’s All Right (Mama),” the first commercial single of his career.

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Will Paper Money Go the Way of the Dinosaur?

A number of nations are giving up paper currency. Could America be next?

Olivier Picasso, Pablo Picasso's grandson, poses with a painting entitled L'Homme au Gibus or "Man with Opera Hat," which will be raffled off on December 18, 2013. (Credit: Getty Images)

A Million-Dollar Picasso Could Be Yours—For Just $135

This month, a painting by Picasso is being raffled off, for the first time ever online, in order to help a group working to save an ancient city.

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World-Famous Christmas Tree Will Light Up Tonight

As the tree lighting at New York City’s Rockefeller Center marks its 81st anniversary, find out more about this sparkling tradition.

Pisces V submersible at the deck of the I-400 submarine (Credit: NOAA HURL Archives)

Japanese Mega-Submarine From WWII Discovered off Hawaii

Researchers find a giant aircraft-carrier sub that was captured and sunk by the U.S. Navy nearly 70 years ago.

Daniel Meader of John McInnis Auctioneers holds J.F.K.'s 1962 Air Force One Bomber Jacket at the John McInnis Presidential Auction at an auction on February 17, 2013 in Amesbury, Massachusetts. (Credit: Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

JFK Artifacts Fetch Hefty Sums at Auctions

Buyers are spending big money to own a piece of Kennedy history, from nearly $600,000 for the president’s leather jacket to $318,000 for a car he once rode in.

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Did George Washington Knock Back a Cold One Here?

NYC preservationist makes a potentially major historic find: possible remnants of the Colonial-era Bull’s Head Tavern.

1848 Whig Party campaign banner, featuring Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore. (Credit: Getty Images)

Afghanistan and Iraq War Vets Help Revive Whig Party

Get the facts about the modern version of the 19th century political party whose members included four U.S. presidents and a young Abe Lincoln.

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The Truman-Dewey Election, 65 Years Ago

On the 65th anniversary of one of the greatest upsets in American politics, get the story on President Harry Truman’s unexpected re-election victory over Thomas Dewey.

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Dinosaur Sites Under Siege By Poachers

Researchers worry that black-market dino bones will be lost forever to science.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About the Washington Monument

Find out some fascinating facts about this American landmark, which opened to the public 125 years ago.