History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

Hurricane Irene

Why Do Hurricanes Have Names?

As Hurricane Irene churns toward the northeastern United States, find out how tropical cyclones came to be assigned people’s names.

Lager

Lager: Patagonian for Beer?

Lager was born when a South American yeast species arrived in Bavaria in the 15th century, says a new study.

Hatshepsut

Did Skin Cream Kill Egypt’s Queen Hatshepsut?

The female pharaoh Hatshepsut might have accidentally poisoned herself with a carcinogenic skin treatment, according to a new study.

Rat

Can We Stop Blaming Rats for the Black Death?

A new study suggests that humans, not vermin, spread the Black Death, and that the disease may not have been bubonic plague after all.

Albert Brown

Albert Brown, Oldest U.S. Survivor of Bataan March, Dies at 105

Told he wouldn’t live past 50, the oldest known American survivor of the brutal Bataan Death March during World War II, died Sunday at 105.

London Riots

Panic on the Streets of London: A History

As the riots in London spread to other cities, find out about other waves of unrest that have rocked the UK capital.

Nancy Wake

World War II Resistance Heroine, Savior of Thousands, Dies at 98

Nancy Wake, who fled Australia to see the world at 16, ended up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list for her leading role in the French resistance.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs: Learning New Tricks for Centuries

In honor of International Assistance Dog Week, we examine the history of canine companions’ role in helping people overcome disabilities.

U-2 Spy Plane

U-2 Spy Plane’s Retirement Signals the End of an Era

After more than 50 years gathering intelligence 13 miles in the air, the high-altitude aircraft will be phased out by 2015.

Pantheon

Is Rome’s Pantheon a Giant Sundial?

The Pantheon’s roof opening may have shed light on the building’s entryway on important days of the year, a new study suggests.

Titanic

Titanic’s First Victim Gets Headstone At Last

After more than 100 years, an Irish teen who died while working on Titanic and is thought to be the ship’s first victim has a headstone for his grave.

Knights Templar

Who Were the Knights Templar?

Get the facts on the mysterious medieval order known as the Knights Templar, which was dissolved 700 years ago but has recently made news headlines.

Medieval Armor

In Shining Armor, Medieval Knights May Not Have Shone

Heavy armor may have been medieval knights’ worst enemy, according to new research.