History In The Headlines

Author: Jesse Greenspan

Tutankhamen's gold mask and the recently created "virtual autopsy" (Credit: Alamy/BBC)

“Virtual Autopsy” of King Tut Paints Unflattering Picture

Researchers believe he had a club foot, buck teeth and a feminine physique, along with multiple diseases.

Artist's rendering of massive iceberg drifting along the coast of southern Florida. (Credit: Alan Condron)

Massive Icebergs Once Reached Florida Coast

During the last ice age, they drifted thousands of miles south from Canada, researchers find.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Erwin Rommel

On the 70th anniversary of his death get the facts on the famed “Desert Fox.”

Artist's rendering of Tachiraptor admirabilis on the attack. (Credit: Maurílio Oliveira)

New Bipedal Dinosaur Unearthed in Venezuela

A distant cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex and Allosaurus, it likewise dined on meat.

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9 Things You May Not Know About the U.S. Armed Forces

Delve into the history of America’s military on the 225th anniversary of its official founding.

1660 Map of New Amsterdam

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.