History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

Declaration of Independence

Is the Declaration of Independence Illegal?

British barristers and American attorneys debated whether the historic document amounted to treason.

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Viking Chief Buried in His Boat Found in Scotland

The first intact Viking boat burial site to be found on the British mainland was discovered recently in Scotland, archaeologists announced.

Jamestown

Did Jamestown’s Settlers Drink Themselves to Death?

Geologists are investigating whether tainted drinking water killed most of Jamestown’s colonists during the “starving time” of 1609-1610.

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100,000-Year-Old Paint Mixing Kits Found

A recent discovery suggests that early humans engaged in sophisticated behaviors such as making paint earlier than previously thought.

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Tyrannosaurus Rex Goes Up a Size

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest land predators that ever lived, was even bigger than previously thought, according to a new study.

Black Death Genome

Is the Black Death the Ancestor of All Modern Plagues?

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the bug responsible for the Black Death, which killed up to half of Europe’s population in the mid-14th century.

Wall Street

Wall Street: 300 Years of Protests

As the Occupy Wall Street movement enters its fifth week, explore a map of historic protests, riots and other events in New York’s Financial District.

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Urban Infernos Throughout History

Get the facts on the Great Chicago Fire, which took place 140 years ago, and other blazes that decimated cities.

Garage Entrepeneurs

Great American Garage Entrepreneurs

Find out about great American businesses that got their start in garages, including one classic example: Apple Inc., co-founded by the late Steve Jobs in 1976.

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Archaeological Survey Reveals Life on Gallipoli’s Front Lines

Researchers have unearthed artifacts that shed light on the World War I campaign, including sleeping and eating facilities.

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When Royal Watching Becomes Royal Stalking

Find out about Robert Moore, whose body was found near Buckingham Palace, and others with unhealthy royal fixations.

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Prehistoric Children Finger-Painted on Cave Walls

Researchers have uncovered evidence that children as young as 2 decorated French caves with markings known as finger flutings at least 13,000 years ago.

William the Conqueror

10 Things You Didn’t Know About William the Conqueror

On the 945th anniversary of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England, explore some interesting facts about one of history’s most influential rulers.