History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

SS Gairsoppa Shipwreck

Silver-Laden World War II Shipwreck Discovered

SS Gairsoppa sank while carrying a fortune in silver, estimated to be worth $210 million in today’s dollars.

Part of the Isaiah Scroll, the Dead Sea Scrolls’ most complete book of the Hebrew Bible.

Unraveling the Dead Sea Scrolls: Six Fascinating Facts

As some of the Dead Sea Scrolls go online thanks to Google and the Israel Museum, find out more about these ancient religious documents’ significance.

Ancient Roman Shipyard

Evidence of Major Ancient Roman Shipyard Found

Located at Portus, which served as imperial Rome’s trading hub, a newly discovered building could have been used for assembling and repairing ships.

Skull on Stake

Human Skulls Mounted on Stakes Found at Stone Age Burial Site

Excavations in Sweden revealed 8,000-year-old skulls impaled with stakes that might have been battle trophies or part of a complex burial ritual.

Blackbeard

On Talk Like a Pirate Day, Landlubbers Arrr Shouting ‘Ahoy’

September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, a time for parroting the lively lingo supposedly spoken by yesterday’s buccaneers.

Ancient Crocodile

Did Ancient Crocodiles Clash With History’s Largest Snakes?

A newly discovered ancient crocodile lived alongside the largest snake ever to slither across the earth, according to researchers.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jackie Through the Ages: Slideshow

Explore the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—wife, mother, first lady, trendsetter, preservationist, arts patron, editor and American icon.

Lost Expeditions

Famous Expeditions That Fell Off the Map

Explore famously doomed expeditions, including John Franklin’s Arctic voyage, which researchers recently attempted to demystify.

Arlington Oak

Arlington Oak, Which Shaded JFK’s Grave, Fell Victim to Hurricane

The historic tree, located in Arlington National Cemetery, was uprooted last weekend by Hurricane Irene.

Hair Loss History

From Hippo Fat to Vacuum Helmets, a History of Baldness Prevention

Find out about some of the weird and wacky ways people have attempted to curb or conceal their hair loss over the centuries.

Thylacine

Were Tasmanian Tigers Unfairly Driven to Extinction?

Thylacines were wiped out by hunters who thought they massacred sheep, but a new study suggests the quirky carnivores didn’t have it in them.

Acheulian hand axes

Human Ancestors Crafted Advanced Tools Earlier Than Thought

Early humans made sophisticated stone tools like hand axes 1.8 million years ago, a cache of artifacts from Kenya suggests.

Baby

Will Hurricane Irene Spawn a Baby Boom?

Does history support the common perception that disasters can lead to spikes in birth rates?