History In The Headlines

Author: Evan Andrews

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10 Things You May Not Know About P.T. Barnum

Check out 10 surprising facts about the 19th century’s most legendary showman.

An artist’s rendition of the Potemkin uprising (Credit: Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Mutiny on the Battleship Potemkin, 110 Years Ago

On the 110th anniversary of the mutiny aboard the battleship Potemkin, take a look back at the uprising that helped inspire the Russian Revolution.

Replica of the famous sign that once stood near the Checkpoint.

8 Things You Should Know About Checkpoint Charlie

Twenty-five years after its closing, explore eight facts about the Berlin border crossing that served as an iconic symbol of the Cold War.

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Nazi Germany’s Madagascar Plan, 75 Years Ago

In the years before the beginning of the Holocaust, the Nazi government launched an audacious plan to exile European Jews to the island of Madagascar.

Casts of the jaw of Australopithecus deyiremeda. (Credit: Laura Dempsey/Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

Newly Discovered Human Ancestor Species May Have Lived Alongside “Lucy”

The recently discovered fossils of a 3.5 million-year-old hominin have added a new branch to humanity’s growing family tree.

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Explorer Percy Fawcett Disappears in the Amazon, 90 Years Ago

Percy Fawcett was an inspiration for both Indiana Jones and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World,” but his 1925 disappearance in the Amazon remains a mystery to this day.

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9 Things You Should Know About the Wars of the Roses

Five hundred sixty years after it began, learn nine key facts about the bloody feud that permanently altered the course of British history.

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Did North Carolina Issue the First Declaration of Independence?

Two hundred forty years after a county in North Carolina supposedly announced its independence from Great Britain, take a look back at the murky history of 1775’s Mecklenburg Declaration.

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Remembering New England’s “Dark Day”

Two hundred thirty-five years after the daytime skies darkened over New England, learn how a mysterious weather phenomenon convinced many Americans that the end of days was at hand.

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.