History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen


Beer from 19th-Century Shipwreck May Be Brewed Again

Finnish researchers hope to crack the recipe of 200-year-old beer found in a Baltic shipwreck and recreate it for today’s drinkers.


Major Mob Busts in U.S. History

We take a look at some of the most significant Mafia busts in the history of the organized crime network.


World War II Memo Cracked by Allies Found

Volunteers at the former codebreaking center Bletchley Park have found a memo proving the success of the Allies’ game-changing deception campaign during World War II.


William Wallace: The Real Robin Hood?

Was Scottish knight William Wallace of “Braveheart” fame the inspiration behind the legend of Robin Hood?


In 17th-Century Letters, King of Spain Frets Over Jamestown

Colonial Williamsburg has acquired 17th-century letters in which Philip III of Spain worries about England’s establishment of Jamestown.


Solving the Riddle of Stonehenge’s Construction

The mystery of how prehistoric builders constructed the mighty Stonehenge has baffled scholars for centuries.


A New Female Pharaoh for Ancient Egypt?

Queen Arsinoë II ruled Egypt as a female pharaoh long before her more famous descendant, Cleopatra VII, according to a new study.


Mini Big Bangs Suggest the Universe Began as a Liquid

The universe started out as a hot, soupy liquid, according to simulations of its earliest moments conducted with the help of the world’s largest particle accelerator.


Did the Maya Build Chirping Pyramids?

New research suggests that Mesoamerican pyramids like the Maya temple Kukulkan were designed to produce sophisticated acoustic effects, including the chirp of a sacred bird.


Gladiator House Crumbles, Hinting at Pompeii’s Uncertain Future

On November 6, 2010, Pompeii’s House of the Gladiators collapsed, highlighting the many challenges of preservation.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Cannibal Clues Worsen Tyrannosaurus Rex’s Bad Rap

Tyrannosaurus rex may have had a taste for its own kind, according to a new study.

King Tut

Did a Hippo Kill King Tut?

A new hypothesis that King Tut was killed by a hippopotamus is the latest attempt to solve one of ancient history’s most perplexing riddles.


World War II Bombs Force Evacuations in France

World War II’s remnants still pose a threat to cities like Rennes, France, where 10,000 people were evacuated on October 24 after the discovery of a live bomb.