History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

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Apocalypses That Weren’t

The prediction that the world will end on May 21, 2011, is the latest chapter in a long history of apocalyptic beliefs.

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Archaeologists Bring Mona Lisa’s Top Model to Light

Archaeologists are digging for the bones of the woman who may have sat for the “Mona Lisa.” Will facial reconstruction confirm her identity?

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Friday the 13th: History of a Phobia

Explore the history of Friday the 13th and find out whether this widely reviled day deserves its bad rap.

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What Killed Charles Darwin?

Last week, Charles Darwin became the latest “patient” at an annual conference that aims to unravel the medical mysteries of long-dead historical figures.

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France’s Green Fairy Flies Again

After a century-long ban, France has legalized absinthe, a potion with a rich history that artists once prized for its supposed hallucinogenic effects.

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Egypt’s Most Wanted: An Antiquities Wish List

As Egypt formally asks Germany to return the famous Nefertiti bust, find out about the other artifacts the country hopes to repatriate.

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The Secret Unit That Killed Bin Laden

Find out about the history and past operations of the elite Navy SEAL unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

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Girl Possibly Murdered During Roman Invasion Found in England

Last week, archaeologists in Kent, England, discovered the body of a girl believed to have been killed by Roman soldiers around 50 A.D.

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Royal Weddings Gone Bad

From vomiting brides to absent grooms, history has proven that not every royal wedding is the stuff of fairytales.

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Sacred Text Describes Successful Brain Surgery in Ancient Tibet

An intriguing account of ancient brain surgery in Tibet has been found in a 2,900-year-old collection of Buddhist texts.

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Fossil Supports Theory That Mammal Ears Began As Reptile Jaws

A newly discovered fossil of an early mammal offers proof for the widely held belief that mammalian ears evolved from reptilian jaws.

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12 Things You May Not Know About Paul Revere

On the 236th anniversary of his famous ride, check out 12 facts about Paul Revere—from his dabbling in dentistry to his dismissal from the military–that might surprise you.

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Jurassic Dark: Study Suggests Dinosaurs Hunted at Night

A new study offers persuasive evidence that dinosaurs hunted at night, challenging prevailing assumptions that they were mostly active by day.