History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

Migrants Brought Farming to Europe

Migrants Brought Farming to Europe, Ancient DNA Suggests

Agriculture spread as farming groups moved northward from the Near East and throughout Europe, researchers have found.

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6 Things You May Not Know About the Spanish-American War

Did you know that the Rough Riders didn’t really ride and that Guam’s capture was surprisingly peaceful?

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Eating Meat Allowed Humans to Conquer Globe, Scientists Say

Eating meat may have allowed our ancestors to grow fruitful, multiply and spread across the planet, a new study suggests.

Marco Polo

Marco Polo Went to China After All, Study Suggests

A new study restores the Venetian explorer’s honor by offering evidence that he did indeed reach China and Mongolia.

Titanic Mania

Titanic Mania, 1912 Style

From the first Titanic movie to Titanic-inspired teddy bears, find out how the famous ship shaped popular culture 100 years ago.

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T. Rex Cousin Was Largest Known Feathered Animal

A giant dinosaur that roamed China 125 million years ago is the largest feathered creature known to science, a new study reports.

Early Fires

Human Ancestors Tamed Fire Earlier Than Thought

Campfire remains from a South African cave suggest fire control by early humans dates back 1 million years.

Pennies

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Penny

As Canada eliminates its pennies from circulation, explore surprising facts about the one-cent coin.

Van Gogh Sunflowers

Van Gogh Painted Mutant Sunflowers

Scientists have studied the genetic mutation responsible for an uncommon sunflower variety depicted in van Gogh’s famous “Sunflower” series.

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Georgian-Era British Sailors Lived on Ample Meat and Beer, Study Shows

Sailors in the British Royal Navy ate better than working-class civilians 200 years ago, research suggests.

St. Patrick's Day Myths

St. Patrick’s Day Myths Debunked

Before you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, get your facts straight by exploring common misconceptions about the holiday.

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Did a New Human Species Thrive in Stone Age China?

Human remains with both modern and primitive features have been discovered in Chinese caves and might represent a new evolutionary line.

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Romantic-in-Chief: Presidential Love Letters, From Adams to Nixon

New letters reveal that Nixon was as eloquent an admirer as several other famously smitten presidents.