History In The Headlines

Author: Jesse Greenspan

Secretary of State William Seward

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.

appalchian trail

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.

Credit: Robert Parent/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

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.

richard iii

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.

1864 campaign poster featuring Abraham Lincoln and running mate Andrew Johnson

Lincoln’s Hard-Fought Civil War Re-Election, 150 Years Ago

By winning re-election in 1864 against his former top general, Abraham Lincoln dashed any hopes of a negotiated peace with the Confederacy.

charge of the light brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade, 160 Years Ago

On the eve of its 160th anniversary, take a look back at history’s most celebrated cavalry charge.

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.