History In The Headlines

Author: Evan Andrews

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The Cardiff Giant Fools the Nation, 145 Years Ago

In 1869, trickster George Hull masterminded one of the 19th century’s most sensational hoaxes: the discovery of a 10-foot-tall giant.

A 1st century Roman coin depicting Emperor Claudius (Credit: CM Dixon/Print Collector/Getty Images)

8 Things You May Not Know About Emperor Claudius

Explore eight surprising facts about the life of Rome’s fourth emperor.

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson baseball card (Credit: Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

The Black Sox Baseball Scandal, 95 Years Ago

Ninety-five years after players from the Chicago White Sox allegedly threw the 1919 World Series, learn the story behind one of professional baseball’s most notorious scandals.

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The “Black Friday” Gold Scandal, 145 Years Ago

On the 145th anniversary of Jim Fisk and Jay Gould’s attempt to corner the U.S. gold market, learn more about one of the 19th century’s most infamous financial scandals.

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The Strange Case of Emperor Norton I of the United States

On the 155th anniversary of Joshua Norton crowning himself “Emperor of the United States,” learn more about the unusual life and “reign” of one of America’s most famous eccentrics.

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Ship From Doomed Arctic Expedition Found After 170 Years

The recently discovered wreck of one of the ships from Sir John Franklin’s lost 1845 mission to the Arctic may be the key to a centuries-old mystery.

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8 Unusual Facts About the 1904 St. Louis Olympics

On their 110th anniversary, learn eight surprising facts about one of weirdest and wildest Summer Games in Olympic history.

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Major League Baseball Makes Television Debut, 75 Years Ago

Professional baseball made history when a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds was broadcast from New York.

Alfred Hitchcock (Credit: Baron/Getty Images)

9 Things You May Not Know About Alfred Hitchcock

On the 115th anniversary of his birth, learn nine surprising facts about the man known as the big screen’s “Master of Suspense.”

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Lower Testosterone May Have Civilized Humanity, Study Says

A new study argues that humanity’s development of tools, art and culture may have coincided with lower levels of testosterone and a more feminine skull shape.

Pierced skull front of one of the bodies discovered near Alken Enge (Credit: Aarhus University)

Evidence of Gruesome Ancient Ritual Unearthed in Denmark

Danish archeologists have found evidence that the bodies of a vanquished Iron Age army were ritualistically desecrated as part of a grisly religious sacrifice

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

10 Things You May Not Know About Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

On the 85th anniversary of her birth, learn 10 surprising facts about the life and work of one of America’s most iconic first ladies.

Excavations at the Binchester site (Credit: University of Durham)

Roman Ruins in Britain Hailed as “Pompeii of the North”

New discoveries at an ancient fort in County Durham offer an 1,800-year-old glimpse into daily life in Roman Britain.