History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

Titanic Map

First Map of Entire Titanic Wreck Site Sheds New Light on Disaster

As the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking approaches, experts have joined forces to find out how the ship plunged into the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912.

Ötzi Iceman

Iceman Frozen for Millennia Had Lyme Disease, Clogged Arteries & Sardinian Relatives

DNA sequencing has shed light on the Tyrolean iceman’s ancestry and health.

Giant Penguins

Giant Prehistoric Penguin Reconstructed

Researchers have reconstructed an extinct penguin that might have been the tallest in history.

george-washington-drawing-thumb

Drawing By 10-Year-Old George Washington Found?

If genuine, a sketch of a sailboat would be the earliest known document produced by George Washington.

Charles Dickens

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Dickens

On the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, explore seven fascinating facts about the English novelist and his extraordinary life.

Beer and Civilization

Did Beer Spur the Rise of Agriculture and Politics?

The earliest farmers planted grains in order to brew beer for politically expedient feasts, according to a new study.

Super Bowl Name

Super Bowl Owes Its Name to a Bouncy Ball

Professional football’s championship game owes its name to an unlikely source: the ultra-bouncy balls that entranced American children in the 1960s and 1970s.

Mona Lisa Copy

Mona Lisa’s Long-Lost Twin Turns Up in Spain

A “Mona Lisa” replica at the Prado in Madrid was probably painted alongside the original by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s apprentices.

Little Ice Age

Little Ice Age, Big Consequences

Explore some of the numerous events scholars have linked to the Little Ice Age, which new research suggests was caused by volcanic eruptions.

Horse Domestication

Horse Domestication Happened Across Eurasia, Study Shows

A new DNA study suggests that different groups of people independently tamed horses starting 10,000 years ago.

Altai

Native Americans Hailed From Siberian Highlands, DNA Reveals

Most scholars think that Native Americans’ ancestors trekked across the Bering Strait from Siberia, but aspects of the historic migration remain matters of debate.

Dinosaur Nests

Oldest Known Dinosaur Nesting Site Was Also a Nursery

Researchers have unearthed the oldest known dinosaur hatchery, where prosauropods laid their eggs and guarded their young 190 million years ago.

John Hancock

A Brief History of Penmanship on National Handwriting Day

Today is National Handwriting Day, a time for acknowledging the history and influence of penmanship.