History In The Headlines

Author: Evan Andrews

A U-2 reconnaissance plane in flight. (Credit: Greg Mathieson/Mai/Mai/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Remembering the U-2 Spy Plane Incident

Fifty-five years ago, one of the most notorious chapters in the Cold War began after American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down and captured during a spying mission over the Soviet Union.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Captain James Cook

Two hundred forty-five years after he landed in Australia, learn 10 surprising facts about the explorer who vowed to sail “as far as I think it possible for man to go.”

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10 Fascinating Facts About the Hubble Space Telescope

A quarter of a century after its mission began, get the lowdown on the telescope that helped revolutionize humanity’s understanding of the cosmos.

USS Independence in 1943.

WWII Aircraft Carrier Used in Atomic Bomb Tests Found Intact on Sea Floor

Researchers have used an underwater drone to explore the wreck of USS Independence, a light aircraft carrier that served during World War II and later became a target during atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll.

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Julius Caesar Suffered from Strokes, Not Epilepsy, New Study Says

A new examination of Julius Caesar’s health has found that the Roman dictator may have suffered from a series “mini-strokes” rather than epilepsy.

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8 Classic Films That Ran Afoul of Hollywood Censors

Eighty-five years after the beginning of Hollywood’s most famous era of self-censorship, learn the stories behind eight famous films that tested the limits of what was acceptable content for the silver screen

F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1937

10 Things You May Not Know About F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ninety-five years after he published his first book, learn 10 surprising facts about the glamorous and tragic life of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers.

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Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” Speech, 240 Years Ago

On the 240th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s stirring words at the 1775 Virginia Convention, take a look back at the speech that included the famous line, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Statues commemorating the Salt March in New Delhi, India. (Credit: Panoramic Images/Getty Images)

Gandhi’s Salt March, 85 Years Ago

Eighty-five years after Mahatma Gandhi conducted his famous Salt March, learn about one of the most legendary chapters in his campaign against British colonial rule in India.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo

On the 540th anniversary of his birth, learn nine surprising facts about the artist often called “the Divine One.”

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The Boston Massacre, 245 Years Ago

Two hundred and forty-five years after British troops shot and killed five colonists in Boston, take a look back at the tragic incident that helped galvanize support for American independence.

A copy of the Gutenberg Bible in the collection of the New York Public Library

7 Things You May Not Know About the Gutenberg Bible

On the 560th anniversary of its publication, explore seven fascinating facts about one of the rarest and most influential books in world history.

Team USA celebrates their 4-3 victory of the Soviet Union on February 22, 1980. (Credit: Steve Powell/Getty Images)

The Miracle on Ice, 35 Years Ago

Thirty-five years after the U.S. hockey team pulled off their ‘miracle’ win over the Soviet Union, learn the story behind one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history.