History In The Headlines

Author: Jesse Greenspan

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A French Mob Storms the Bastille, 225 Years Ago

On Bastille Day, look back at the jailbreak that kick-started the French Revolution.

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The Amistad Slave Rebellion, 175 Years Ago

On its 175th anniversary, take a look back at the mutiny that galvanized the abolitionist movement.

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The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, 100 Years Ago

On the eve of the assassination’s centennial, find out how a teenage Serbian nationalist provided the spark for World War I.

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Scotland Fights Its Way to Freedom, 700 Years Ago

Ragtag Scottish forces routed a large English army 700 years ago today at the Battle of Bannockburn, paving the way for the kingdom’s independence.

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Landing at Normandy: The 5 Beaches of D-Day

Get the facts on the five D-Day beaches—code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword—that the Allies invaded 70 years ago today.

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World War I’s Native American Code Talkers

In the closing days of World War I, Choctaw Indians pioneered a new type of military intelligence.

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10 Things You Should Know About Brown v. Board of Education

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, take a look back at the landmark school desegregation ruling.

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Remembering the First Presidential Inauguration, 225 Years Ago

On the 225th anniversary of his inauguration, look back at George Washington’s road to the presidency.

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Neanderthals Likely Lived in Small, Isolated Groups, Scientists Say

An analysis of Neanderthal DNA suggests that populations of these close human relatives were small and isolated from one another.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Charlie Chaplin

On the 125th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s birth, explore some surprising facts about the renowned silent-film star.

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6 Things You Should Know About Napoleon

On the 200th anniversary of his first exile, discover six illuminating facts about the ostentatious French emperor.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Winston Churchill

Exploring some surprising facts about the British wartime leader.

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Scientists Point to Volcanoes As Ice Age Safe Havens

A new study concludes that the heat from Antarctic volcanoes helped many plants and bugs survive past ice ages.