History In The Headlines

Author: Jesse Greenspan

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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.

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JFK Tells West Berliners That He Is One of Them, 50 Years Ago

President John F. Kennedy thrilled a huge West Berlin crowd 50 years ago by declaring, “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

Mount Everest

7 Things You Should Know About Mount Everest

Explore some surprising facts about Mount Everest 60 years after it was first climbed.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Brooklyn Bridge

On its 130th birthday, check out some surprising facts about the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

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Brood II: Return of the Cicada

Brood II is no horror movie sequel. It’s one of nature’s greatest spectacles, coming to the East Coast this month.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Louisiana Purchase

On the 210th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, take a look behind the scenes of the historic real-estate deal.

Taxes Facts

6 Things You May Not Know About Taxes

As the IRS filing deadline approaches, take a closer look at the history of U.S. taxes.

Pablo Picasso

8 Things You May Not Know About Picasso

On the 40th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death, here’s a look at eight surprising facts about the prolific and influential artist.

Juan Ponce de León

The Myth of Ponce de León and the Fountain of Youth

On the 500th anniversary of his landing in Florida, find out how Ponce de León’s name became inextricably linked with the Fountain of Youth.

March Madness

10 Things You May Not Know About March Madness

Get the facts on the history of March Madness, the single-elimination college basketball tournament that many consider the best event in sports.

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5 Chinese Leaders You Should Know

As a new president takes power in China, get the facts on some of the country’s most influential past leaders.

Papal Conclave

8 Things You May Not Know About the Papal Conclave

As cardinals gather in Rome to elect a new pontiff, take a glimpse inside the famously secretive papal conclave.

Texas Facts

9 Things You May Not Know About Texas

Celebrate Texas Independence Day with a look at some of the state’s quirks.