History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

Bray School

Archaeologists Seek Evidence of Oldest Black School

A building in Williamsburg, Virginia, might be the oldest existing structure associated with black education in the United States.

Annie Oakley Gun

Annie Oakley’s Gun Sells at Auction

The shotgun Annie Oakley may have used while performing for Queen Victoria has fetched $143,400.

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The Biggest Losers: Dinosaurs Slim Down With Lasers

New research shows that dinosaurs weighed significantly less than previous estimates.

Queen Elizabeth II

8 Things You May Not Know About Queen Elizabeth II

As the United Kingdom celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, explore the extraordinary life and 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Bloodletting

A Brief History of Bloodletting

As researchers announce that bloodletting might have some benefits after all, find out more about this ancient treatment’s long history.

Union Fire Company

Roster From Ben Franklin’s Fire Department Found

Benjamin Franklin’s name appears on a newly discovered list of members of the Union Fire Department, which he founded in 1736.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart’s Historic Landing, 80 Years Ago

Five years after Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic solo flight, Amelia Earhart became the second person and first woman to accomplish the feat.

Dinosaur Arthritis

Arthritisaurus: Did Elderly Dinos Get Inflamed Joints?

Research suggests the marine reptiles known as pliosaurs got arthritis, and their dinosaur contemporaries might also have suffered from the condition.

Abri Castanet

Prehistoric French Artistes Painted Earliest Wall Art

Located in southwest France, a collapsed rock shelter might contain the oldest wall art ever discovered, a new study suggests.

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Oldest Known Mayan Calendar Debunks December 2012 Myth

Archaeologists at Xultún, a Maya site in Guatemala, have discovered walls with paintings and writing, including calculations related to the Maya calendar.

Trepanned Skull

Perforated Skulls From Middle Ages Found in Spain

Two skulls belonging to individuals who underwent the ancient form of surgery known as trepanation have been unearthed in Spain.

Rebellatrix

Killer Fish Rebellatrix Not Your Typical Coelacanth

Rebellatrix, a new member of the “living fossil” coelacanth group, shows a different side of these ancient (but not extinct) fish.

White House Correspondents’ Dinner

History of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

On the eve of the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, find out more about the origins and evolution of the annual event.