History Stories
AUTHOR: Jesse Greenspan
Why the Purchase of Alaska Was Far From “Folly”
March 30, 2017

Though mocked by some at the time, the 1867 purchase of Alaska came to be regarded as a masterful deal. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About March Madness
March 14, 2017

Get the facts on the history of March Madness, the single-elimination college basketball tournament that many consider the best event in sports. Read More

“God, America and Apple Pie”: The Dramatic Defection of Stalin’s Daughter
March 6, 2017

Cold War America scored a major PR coup when the only daughter of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin defected to the United States. Read More

History of the Presidential Cabinet
January 12, 2017

The presidential Cabinet has come a long way since Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson used to duke it out during the Washington administration. Read More

Newly Discovered Planet Has Three Suns
July 8, 2016

Dubbed HD 131399Ab, it experiences near-constant daylight for years on end, followed by periods of triple sunrises and sunsets. Read More

NASA Spacecraft Begins Orbit of Jupiter
July 5, 2016

By unlocking the giant planet’s secrets, NASA hopes to learn more about how the solar system formed. Read More

When Stalin Was Caught Napping
June 22, 2016

Even as millions of Nazi troops massed on his border, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin remained convinced that Adolf Hitler wouldn’t betray him. Read More

8 Things You May Not Know About Chernobyl
April 25, 2016

Explore some surprising facts about history’s worst nuclear accident. Read More

Remembering the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
April 15, 2016

Look back at the deadliest earthquake ever to strike the United States. Read More

Ancient Text Could Hold Key to Unlocking Etruscan Secrets
April 1, 2016

Archeologists in Italy have unearthed a 500-pound sandstone slab that may help them decipher the lost language and culture of a mysterious pre-Roman people. Read More