History In The Headlines

Author: Jesse Greenspan

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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.

Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King face off on September 20, 1973. (Credit: Getty Images)

Billie Jean King Wins the ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ 40 Years Ago

On the 40th anniversary of the so-called “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, take a look back at Billie Jean King’s straight-sets victory over self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs.

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The Dark Side of the Grimm Fairy Tales

On the 150th anniversary of Jacob Grimm’s death, explore six sinister themes in his work you likely wouldn’t find in a modern-day children’s story.

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Remembering the Birmingham Church Bombing

Fifty years ago this week, a bomb exploded at a predominantly black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls and setting off nationwide soul-searching.

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The Unexpected Death of President Harding, 90 Years Ago

President Warren G. Harding died of apparent heart failure 90 years ago today while in the midst of a cross-country tour.

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8 Things You Should Know About the Korean War

On the 60th anniversary of the Korean War’s conclusion, get the facts on this perpetually overshadowed Cold War clash.

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90 Years Later: 8 Things You May Not Know About the Hollywood Sign

Ninety years after the Hollywood sign went up, explore some surprising facts about this famed symbol of the U.S. movie industry.

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Day 2 at Gettysburg: The Union Line Holds at Little Round Top

When Union troops in the hills south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, pushed back a Confederate onslaught 150 years ago today, it proved to be the turning point of the battle that turned the tide of the war.

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Remembering the Only Civilian to Die at Gettysburg

On the 150th anniversary of her death, find out how a 20-year-old seamstress became the Battle of Gettysburg’s lone civilian casualty.