History In The Headlines

Author: Jesse Greenspan

Debris rests on what used to be the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

7 Withering Droughts

As Californians endure their fourth straight year of exceptionally low rainfall, take a look back at some of history’s other notorious droughts.

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The Rise and Fall of Smallpox

Thirty-five years after smallpox was declared eradicated, look back at the history of the pernicious disease.

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The Sinking of RMS Lusitania, 100 Years Ago

On the centennial of its demise, learn more about the ill-fated British ocean liner.

"The Landing at Anzac" (Credit: Archives New Zealand)

8 Things You May Not Know About the Gallipoli Campaign

On its 100th anniversary, get the facts on the epic World War I struggle.

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The Other Targets of Booth’s Murder Conspiracy

President Lincoln was not the only high-ranking government official that John Wilkes Booth slated for assassination.

A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas in April, 1935. (Credit: NOAA/MCT/MCT via Getty Images)

Remembering Black Sunday, 80 Years Later

The Dust Bowl’s worst storm blotted out the sun and terrified the Great Plains’ already struggling population.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Franklin D. Roosevelt

As the 70th anniversary of his death approaches, get the facts on America’s longest-serving president.

"The Peacemakers," by artist George P.A. Healy, depicts the March 1865 meeting between William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln and David D. Porter. (Credit: White House Historical Association)

Lincoln, Grant and Sherman Huddle Up, 150 Years Ago

In the waning days of the Civil War, the three main architects of the Union victory convened for the first and only time.

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10 Things You Should Know About the Appalachian Trail

On the 90th anniversary of its birth, get the facts on America’s most famous long-distance footpath.

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7 Things You May Not Know About Malcolm X

On the 50th anniversary of his death, get the facts on the outspoken black nationalist.

David Blank, a professor from the University of California, examines the scrolls at the Naples' National Library (Credit: Salvatore Laporta/AP)

Researchers Unlock Key to Reading Damaged Scrolls From Pompeii Disaster

New X-ray technology can decipher text from papyrus scrolls buried in the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

SS City of Rio De Janeiro (Credit: Mystic Seaport)

Found: San Francisco’s Deadliest Shipwreck

The so-called “Titanic of the Golden Gate” has laid covered in mud for over a century.

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New Richard III Mystery Comes to Light

In analyzing the newly found remains of Richard III, geneticists have uncovered evidence of adultery among at least one of his relatives.