History In The Headlines

Author: Evan Andrews

Bob Dylan at a 1965 press conference. (Credit: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

The Day Dylan Went Electric

Fifty years ago, Bob Dylan shocked audiences at the Newport Folk Festival by strapping on an electric guitar and debuting a new rock ’n’ roll sound.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Ulysses S. Grant

One of the most influential Americans of the 19th century, Grant led the Union Army to victory during the Civil War and later helped steer the nation through Reconstruction during two terms as president. Check out 10 little-known facts about America’s 18th commander in chief.

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The Original Wild West Showdown, 150 Years Ago

On July 21, 1865, frontier legend Wild Bill Hickok gunned down gambler Davis Tutt in what is what is often called the first “Wild West” showdown.

An aircraft spotter on theAn aircraft spotter on the roof of a building in London, with St. Pau's Cathedral in the background. (Credit: New York Time Paris Bureau Collection/National Archives) roof of a building in London, with St. Paul's Cathedral in the background. (Credit: New York Time Paris Bureau Collection/National Archives)

10 Things You Should Know About the Battle of Britain

Seventy-five years after it began, check out 10 fascinating facts about the battle that decided the fate of Great Britain during World War II.

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10 Things You May Not Know About P.T. Barnum

Check out 10 surprising facts about the 19th century’s most legendary showman.

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Mutiny on the Battleship Potemkin, 110 Years Ago

On the 110th anniversary of the mutiny aboard the battleship Potemkin, take a look back at the uprising that helped inspire the Russian Revolution.

Replica of the famous sign that once stood near the Checkpoint.

8 Things You Should Know About Checkpoint Charlie

Twenty-five years after its closing, explore eight facts about the Berlin border crossing that served as an iconic symbol of the Cold War.

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Nazi Germany’s Madagascar Plan, 75 Years Ago

In the years before the beginning of the Holocaust, the Nazi government launched an audacious plan to exile European Jews to the island of Madagascar.

Casts of the jaw of Australopithecus deyiremeda. (Credit: Laura Dempsey/Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

Newly Discovered Human Ancestor Species May Have Lived Alongside “Lucy”

The recently discovered fossils of a 3.5 million-year-old hominin have added a new branch to humanity’s growing family tree.

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Explorer Percy Fawcett Disappears in the Amazon, 90 Years Ago

Percy Fawcett was an inspiration for both Indiana Jones and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World,” but his 1925 disappearance in the Amazon remains a mystery to this day.

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9 Things You Should Know About the Wars of the Roses

Five hundred sixty years after it began, learn nine key facts about the bloody feud that permanently altered the course of British history.

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Did North Carolina Issue the First Declaration of Independence?

Two hundred forty years after a county in North Carolina supposedly announced its independence from Great Britain, take a look back at the murky history of 1775’s Mecklenburg Declaration.

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Remembering New England’s “Dark Day”

Two hundred thirty-five years after the daytime skies darkened over New England, learn how a mysterious weather phenomenon convinced many Americans that the end of days was at hand.