History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

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Did Lead Makeup Poison Samurai Kids & Topple Japan’s Shogunate?

A recent study of samurai families’ remains suggests that lead-based makeup may have contributed to the decline of Japan’s Edo period.

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They’re Back: A Bed Bug History

Many American cities are plagued by the worldwide resurgence of bed bugs, pesky critters with a history that dates back to ancient times.

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Civil War Artifacts Unearthed from Former Confederate Prison

In what archaeologists are calling the most important Civil War find in decades, rare artifacts have emerged from a former Confederate prison site in Georgia.

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Study Suggests Adolf Hitler Had Jewish and African Ancestors

Adolf Hitler may have had Jewish and African ancestors, according to a recent DNA study by Belgian researchers.

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Mexico City Subway Dig Yields Aztec Remains and Artifacts

Excavations for a new Mexico City subway line have unearthed a number of important finds, including the remains of 50 Aztec children.

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The Mother Who Saved Suffrage: Passing the 19th Amendment

American women achieved the right to vote on August 18, 1920, thanks in part to a Tennessee legislator with a very powerful mother.

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Mysterious Disappearances in U.S. History

From Jimmy Hoffa to the settlers of the doomed Lost Colony, these chillingly inexplicable disappearances continue to befuddle scholars and pique the public’s curiosity.

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Lincoln Documents Accompanied Donner Party on Its Grim Journey

Researchers have uncovered an unlikely connection between a young Abraham Lincoln and the ill-fated Donner Party.

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Obama Fires McChrystal: Echoes of Truman-MacArthur?

In the wake of General Stanley McChrystal’s dismissal, comparisons have been made to Truman’s 1951 removal of Gen. MacArthur as commander of U.S. forces in Korea.

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Baseball’s First All-Star Game

Originally billed as a one-time “Game of the Century,” the All-Star Game has become a permanent and much-loved fixture of the baseball season.

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1950 World Cup: The Miracle on Green

At the 1950 World Cup, the United States pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the history of sports, beating all odds to defeat the polished English team.