AUTHOR: Evan Andrews
Ace of Aces: How the Red Baron Became WWI’s Most Legendary Fighter Pilot
September 16, 2016

Manfred von Richthofen—better known as the “Red Baron”—was the top scoring flying ace of World War I, with 80 aerial victories between September 1916 and his death in April 1918. Read More

The Siege of Leningrad
September 8, 2016

On September 8, 1941, German forces closed in around the Soviet city of Leningrad, initiating a siege that would last nearly 900 days and claim the lives of 800,000 civilians. Read More

The Assassination of President William McKinley
September 6, 2016

On September 6, 1901, William McKinley became the third U.S. president to be assassinated after he was fatally shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Read More

When London Burned: 1666’s Great Fire
September 2, 2016

Between September 2 and September 6, 1666, a massive inferno ripped through London, reducing much of the city center to a smoldering ruin. Read More

The Battle of Blair Mountain
August 25, 2016

In late August 1921, union miners and coal company supporters clashed near Blair Mountain, West Virginia, in what has been called the largest armed uprising since the Civil War. Read More

The Heist that Made the Mona Lisa Famous
August 19, 2016

On August 21, 1911, a former Louvre employee perpetrated one of the greatest art heists in history: the theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s immortal painting “Mona Lisa.” Read More

The Last Great Gold Rush
August 16, 2016

In the late 1890s, some 100,000 would-be prospectors journeyed to the remote Yukon region of Canada as part of one of the largest gold rushes in history. Read More

The Exotic Dancer Who Became WWI’s Most Notorious Spy
August 5, 2016

Once Europe’s most prominent striptease performer, Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad after she was found guilty of spying for the Germans during World War I. Read More

Ancient Rome’s Darkest Day: The Battle of Cannae
August 2, 2016

Republican Rome was pushed to the brink of collapse on August 2, 216 B.C., when the Carthaginian general Hannibal annihilated at least 50,000 of its legionaries at the Second Punic War’s Battle of Cannae. Read More

The Sinking of Andrea Doria
July 25, 2016

On the night of July 25, 1956, a collision between the ocean liners SS Andrea Doria and MS Stockholm killed 51 people and prompted one of the largest civilian maritime rescues in history. Read More