History In The Headlines

Author: Evan Andrews

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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.

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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

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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.

August 6, 1894 cover of Le Petit Journal dedicated to the "Competition for Horseless Carriages"

World’s First Automotive Competition Held, 120 Years Ago

On the 120th anniversary of the world’s first organized auto race, take a look back at the quirky history of early motoring.

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Port Chicago Disaster Stuns the Nation, 70 Years Ago

70 years after the worst home front disaster of World War II, learn how an explosion at a California port sparked a Naval mutiny and led to an influential debate on civil rights.

The Beatles arrive at New York's JFK airport on February 7, 1964. (Credit: Getty Images)

Beatlemania Sweeps the United States, 50 Years Ago

As we mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first visit to the United States, take a look back at how the Fab Four conquered American pop culture.

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11 Things You May Not Know About Jackie Robinson

On the 95th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s birth, explore little-known facts about the man who integrated baseball.