History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

Maya

Mayans Never Predicted December 2012 Apocalypse, Researchers Say

One of history’s most famous doomsday predictions might rely on a faulty translation of an ancient Mayan tablet.

Famous Spies

10 Spies Who Aren’t Household Names

Explore the lives of 10 daring and intriguing covert agents you might not have read about in history books.

Dog Origins

Is East Asia the Kennel of Dog Civilization?

Wolves evolved into man’s best friend south of the Yangtze River in what is now China, according to a new study.

Synesthesia

Seeing Sounds, Hearing Colors: Good for Survival?

Why have the genes behind synesthesia, a condition with a higher incidence among artists, survived throughout human history?

Maba Cranium

Was Victim of Earliest Known Human-on-Human Attack Saved By Compassion?

The earliest known case of interpersonal violence left one man with a traumatic head injury 126,000 years ago, a study suggests.

White House

A History of White House Attacks

Last week’s White House shooting wasn’t the first time the executive mansion has come under fire.

Famous Veterans

8 Famous Folks You Might Not Know Were Veterans

Explore eight well-known figures whose military backgrounds might come as a surprise, from a famous living monarch to a washed-up gangster.

Expanding Universe

Was Expanding Universe Discoverer Too Humble for Hubble?

Edwin Hubble didn’t censor proof that Georges Lemaître beat him to an astronomical breakthrough, evidence suggests.

Spotted Horses

Cave Painters Didn’t Dream Up Spotted Horses, Study Shows

DNA challenges the theory that prehistoric artists depicted spotted horses before they even existed.

Hawker Hurricane

Last of Polish Pilots Who Defended England During Battle of Britain Dies

A World War II flier thought to have been the last surviving Polish veteran of the Battle of Britain died last week at 97.

Queen Anne’s Revenge Cannon

Cannon Loosed from Wreckage of Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship

On Wednesday, divers hauled an 8-foot-long, 2,000-pound cannon from the site where Queen Anne’s Revenge sank nearly 300 years ago.

RCW 86 Supernova

Astronomers Solve Puzzle of First Supernova on Record

NASA telescopes have shed light on how the traces of an exploded star traveled faster and further than expected.

Notorious Mothers-in-Law

Notorious Mothers-in-Law Throughout History

For Mother-in-Law Day on Sunday, appreciate your mother-in-law even more than usual by reading these tales.