History In The Headlines

Author: Jesse Greenspan

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New Cockroach Species Arrives in New York

Already infamous for its cockroaches, New York City now has a newcomer with which to contend.

Nelson Mandela and President George Bush greet the press on June 25, 1990. (Credit: Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela Comes to America

As the world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela, take a look back at the “pop star’s welcome” he received upon first visiting the United States in 1990.

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Oldest U.S. Synagogue Turns 250

America’s oldest extant synagogue was dedicated 250 years ago today in Newport, Rhode Island, and later received strong words of support from George Washington.

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A Calamity at Sea, 70 Years Ago

The sinking of the HMT Rohna 70 years ago today resulted in the greatest loss of troops at sea in U.S. history.

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The Other Victims of the JFK Assassination

President John F. Kennedy was not the only one hit when gunfire erupted 50 years ago from Friday in downtown Dallas.

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Earth-Like Planets Found to Be Common

Using data from the Kepler space telescope, astronomers speculate that our galaxy holds billions of Earth-like planets.

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7 Red Cross Facts

On its 150th birthday, get the facts on the International Red Cross.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Cardinals and Red Sox

This year’s World Series features two teams steeped in history.

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Legendary Sea Giant Discovered

A snorkeling science instructor discovers a dead 18-foot, 200-pound oarfish and drags it to land.

Map outlining territorial boundaries under the Proclamation of 1763. (Credit: Getty Images)

Remembering the Proclamation of 1763

King George III’s Proclamation of 1763, issued 250 years ago today, proved to be just the first of a series of British actions that led to the American Revolution.

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6 Things You May Not Know About Tecumseh

On the 200th anniversary of Tecumseh’s death, get the facts on the legendary Shawnee war chief.

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Lincoln Spotted Among Throngs in Rare Gettysburg Photo

A former Disney animator and self-proclaimed Abraham Lincoln nut appears to have identified the 16th president in one of the only known photographs of the Gettysburg dedication ceremony.

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9 Things You Should Know About Victoria Woodhull

On the 175th anniversary of Victoria Woodhull’s birth, learn some surprising facts about the colorful feminist trailblazer.