History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

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95 Years of Flag Day

Celebrate 95 years of Flag Day with fun and surprising facts about the American flag and how to display it.

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Was King Tut Buried in a Hurry?

King Tut may have been hastily sealed into his tomb even before the paint on its walls had time to dry, according to new research.

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Shroud of Turin: The Work of a Renaissance Artist?

A historian has put forth a new theory about the Shroud of Turin, suggesting it was painted by the Renaissance master Giotto and based on Jesus’ actual burial cloth.

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Civil War Deadlier Than Previously Thought?

The enormous death toll of America’s bloodiest conflict may be even higher than we think, according to one historian’s recent analysis.

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She’s Leaving Home: Our Female Ancestors’ Wanderlust

Early human males were homebodies who barely strayed from their native caves, while females traveled far to find their mates, according to a new study.

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A Tale of Two Guns: Legendary Gangsters’ Revolvers Up for Auction

Al Capone’s gun will go up for auction next month, but a revolver that belonged the lesser-known gangster Cole Younger may fetch more money.

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Satellite Images Provide Blueprint for Ancient Egypt

Satellites 400 miles above earth have revealed numerous ancient sites across Egypt, including 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs and 3,100 settlements.

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How the U.S. President Became the Nation’s Star Athlete

What’s up with Obama’s ping-pong and JFK’s touch football? Just ask Teddy Roosevelt.

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From Pope Urban VII to Bloomberg, Four Centuries of Smoking Bans

Bans on smoking and tobacco products have a long and complex history dating back to the late 16th century.

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Researchers Explore the Seafaring Culture of the Maya

This month, researchers are seeking a better understanding of Maya maritime trade by excavating an ancient port city on the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Did Early Humans Stand Upright to Punch Better?

The competitive advantage of striking from above explains why humans walk on two feet and why women prefer taller men, a new study suggests.

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Anchor Away for Blackbeard’s Pirate Flagship

A team in North Carolina is working to recover a 3,000-pound anchor from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, which ran aground in 1718.

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Egyptian Princess Needed Bypass Surgery, Mummy Study Shows

An Egyptian princess is the earliest known sufferer of heart disease, according to a recent study suggesting clogged arteries have plagued civilizations for millennia.