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The film is believed to be the last surviving footage of the celebrated female aviator, who disappeared over the South Pacific in July 1937.
Scientists in Alberta, Canada, have identified a new species of horned dinosaur, a cousin of Triceratops that sported a distinctive bony frill and facial horns.
A collection of artifacts recovered from the wrecked HMS Erebus in Canada’s Queen Maud Gulf are all that remains of Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition to the Arctic in 1845.
Private Henry Johnson, a member of the all-black unit known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” used a rifle, a knife and his hands to fight off nearly two dozen German soldiers during World War I.
Scientists say a fossilized skull found inside a cave in Spain shows evidence that it belonged to the victim of a homicide—some 430,000 years ago.
On May 25, 1925, John T. Scopes—the defendant in the famous “Monkey Trial”—was indicted for teaching the theory of evolution in his high school science class.
Surrounded by thousands of Mexican troops and facing near-certain death, Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis wrote what is considered to be one of history’s most heroic letters.
A five-century-old tomb found underneath a construction site in Nanjing, China, was the final resting place of a Ming Dynasty duchess.
A grassroots campaign to put a woman from American history on the $20 has announced the results of an online poll to choose its desired candidate.
British scientists have uncovered a secret at the heart of ancient Egypt’s large cache of animal mummies—many of them contain no animal remains at all.
On the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, we take a look back at how five different countries greeted the end of World War II in Europe.
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.
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.