History In The Headlines

Author: Jesse Greenspan

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The Dutch Surrender New Netherland, 350 Years Ago

On the 350th anniversary of its demise, get the facts on the only Dutch colony in mainland North America, which included present-day New York City.

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Union Troops Capture Atlanta, 150 Years Ago

During the Civil War, the fall of Atlanta 150 years ago proved to be a blow from which the Confederacy never recovered.

Burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

The British Burn Washington, D.C., 200 Years Ago

As the War of 1812 neared its conclusion, British forces torched the White House, the Capitol and nearly every other public building in Washington.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Augustus

On the 2,000th anniversary of his death, get the facts on the first Roman emperor.

Painting depicting engagement between USS Maddox and North Vietnamese torpedo boats on August 2, 1964. (Credit: Naval Historical Center)

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 50 Years Ago

One real and one phantom firefight 50 years ago embroiled the United States in the Vietnam War.

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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.

Robert the Bruce, leader of Scottish forces at the Battle of Bannockburn (Credit: Getty Images)

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.