History In The Headlines

Author: Evan Andrews

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8 Things You May Not Know About Louis Zamperini

With the new film “Unbroken” about to hit theaters, learn eight fascinating facts about one of the most celebrated American servicemen of World War II.

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U.S. Air Force Closes the Book on UFOs, 45 Years Ago

Forty-five years after the U.S. Air Force terminated its investigation into “Unidentified Flying Objects,” take a look back at the government response to the flying saucer hysteria of the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Battle of the Bulge

Seventy years after the start of Nazi Germany’s last gasp attack at the Battle of the Bulge, learn eight surprising facts about the fight Winston Churchill called “undoubtedly the greatest American battle” of World War II.

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Women Also Set Sail on Viking Voyages, Study Shows

Newly released DNA evidence suggests that Norse women also took to the seas to help settle new lands.

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Famed “Lucy” Fossils Discovered in Ethiopia, 40 Years Ago

On November 24, 1974, scientists in Africa unearthed the skeleton of one of humanity’s oldest ancestors, a pint-sized Australopithecus they nicknamed “Lucy.”

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10 Things You Should Know About Voltaire

On the 320th anniversary of Voltaire’s birth, learn 10 things you may not know about one of the 18th century’s most quotable and controversial thinkers.

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Native American Activists Occupy Alcatraz Island, 45 Years Ago

On the 45th anniversary of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, learn how a group of rebel activists took over America’s most notorious prison for more than 19 months.

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9 Fascinating Facts About the Suez Canal

On the 145th anniversary of its opening, check out nine surprising facts about the canal that links the Eastern and Western worlds.

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9 Things You May Not Know About William Tecumseh Sherman

On the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s march through Georgia, explore nine surprising facts about the man who helped pioneer “scorched earth” military tactics.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Ellis Island

On the 60th anniversary of the closing of Ellis Island, learn nine surprising facts about the port that once served as the main entryway to America.

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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.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Emperor Claudius

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

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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.