History In The Headlines

Author: Jesse Greenspan

Pithovirus

Neanderthal-Era Virus Found Surviving in Permafrost

Scientists have revived the world’s largest known virus from a piece of Siberian permafrost over 30,000 years old.

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Gunfire Erupts Inside U.S. Capitol, 60 Years Ago

In March 1954, members of an extremist Puerto Rican nationalist group launched a terrorist attack protesting U.S. control of the island.

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Ancient Teeth Help Scientists Decode Plague

Though caused by the same pathogen, the deadly Plague of Justinian appears to have emerged separately from later plagues such as the Black Death.

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Probable Royal Pelvic Bone Found in Museum Storage

British researchers have uncovered what may be King Alfred the Great’s pelvic bone.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Vladimir Lenin

On the 90th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin’s death, take a closer look at the world’s first communist head of state.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Superman

On the 75th anniversary of the first Superman comic strip, explore eight surprising facts about the Man of Steel.

Investigators examine the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103

Remembering the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

More U.S. civilians died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which took place 25 years ago from Saturday, than in any other terrorist attack except 9/11.

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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.

Model of HMT Rohna

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.