History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

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Memo from 1944 Warned FDR Would Likely Die in Office

In July 1944, nine months before Franklin Roosevelt’s death, a doctor who had recently examined him wrote a memo warning that the president could not survive a fourth term in office.

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Who Was Mary Surratt?

Who was Mary Surratt, an alleged collaborator in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln and the inspiration behind the new movie “The Conspirator”?

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Another Jack the Ripper Suspect?

A German sailor has been added to the growing list of suspects in the unsolved Jack the Ripper case.

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T. Rex Cousin Discovered in China

Zhuchengtyrannus magnus, one of the largest theropod dinosaurs in history and Tyrannosaurus rex’s long-lost relative, has been identified in China.

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Key Part of Gettysburg Battlefield Preserved

The National Park Service has acquired a former golf course where a series of bloody clashes took place on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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100 Years Ago: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Find out how newspapers reported on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which killed nearly 150 New York City workers and helped expose poor working conditions 100 years ago.

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History’s Worst Nuclear Disasters

As experts scramble to stem the mounting crisis in Japan, we take a look at four of the most devastating nuclear accidents to date.

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Did Blood Cause Henry VIII’s Madness and Reproductive Woes?

Biological factors may have caused Henry VIII’s madness and reproductive woes, new research suggests.

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Did Vikings Use Crystals to Navigate?

New research suggests that the mythic sunstones used by seafaring Vikings were polarizing crystals that helped them navigate under overcast skies.

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Japan Pledges to Find Remains of Iwo Jima Dead

Japan has vowed to locate the remains of an estimated 12,000 troops still missing since the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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At the Oscars, History Wins Big

Movies based on real-life figures and historical events have proven a success at the Academy Awards.

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Romances That Changed History

For better or for worse, these historic romances altered the course of history.

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Frank Buckles, Last U.S. World War I Vet, Dies at 110

Frank Buckles, America’s last surviving World War I veteran, has died at age 110.