History In The Headlines

Author: Sarah Pruitt

Execution of the Lincoln Assassination conspirators, July 7, 1865.

Hunting Lincoln’s Killer

With the nation reeling in the days after Abraham Lincoln’s death, a massive manhunt went into effect for John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators.

Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise

Forty-Five Years Ago, Apollo 13 Launches

At 2:13 p.m. on April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, embarking on what was supposed to be the third space mission to land on the Moon.

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What Lincoln Said in His Final Speech

As Washington celebrated the expected end to the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln delivered what would be his last public address from a White House balcony.

Excavation of the cave on Peleliu. (Credit: Steve Ballinger)

Bodies of Japanese WWII Soldiers Found in Island Caves

The remains of six Japanese soldiers killed during battle on the island of Peleliu in 1944 have been discovered after being sealed in a cave for 70 years.

A section of the "Meidum Geese" wall painting. (Credit: DEA/G. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)

Painting Called the “Mona Lisa” of Ancient Egypt is Likely Fake

An Italian researcher has concluded that a painting some have called the ancient Egyptian equivalent of DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa” is probably a fake.

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Researchers Use Medieval Remedy to Kill Modern Superbug

British researchers report that a 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA.

A pottery shard found at the Tel Aviv site. (Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority)

Ancient Egyptian Brewery Unearthed in Israel

Shards of Egyptian-style ceramic vessels used to brew beer some 5,000 years ago have been discovered buried under a construction site in the heart of Tel Aviv.

A reconstruction of the recently-discovered Carnufex carolinensis. (Credit: Jorge Gonzales)

Scientists Discover Two Giant New Late-Triassic Creatures

In the past week, scientists have announced the discovery of a human-sized salamander and a giant “butcher” crocodile, both of which lived some 230 million years ago.

Credit: Statens historiska museum / Christer Åhlin

Islamic Ring Found in 9th-Century Viking Grave

Discovered more than a century ago in a Swedish grave, a ring bearing an Arabic inscription confirms contact between the Vikings and the Islamic world.

Experts examine remains found in the Madrid crypt. (Credit: Madrid Region/EPA)

After 400 Years, Investigators Find Remains of Cervantes, Don Quixote’s Creator

A team of Spanish researchers believes it has found the long-lost remains of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote,” beneath a Madrid convent.

Image of the Musashi captured by the underwater probe (Credit: Paul Allen)

WWII’s Largest Battleship Revealed After 70 Years Underwater

After an eight-year search, a research team sponsored by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has discovered the shipwreck of the massive Japanese battleship Musashi.

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When Did the “Age of Man” Begin?

A new study suggests that the dramatic upheaval caused by European colonization of the Americas may have marked the beginning of a new period of geologic time.

Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol on March 4, 1865, with John Wilkes Booth among the crowd looking on. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Remembering Lincoln’s Second Inauguration, 150 Years Later

On March 4, 1865, with the Civil War drawing to a close, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in to a second term as U.S. president; John Wilkes Booth was in attendance.