History In The Headlines

Author: Sarah Pruitt

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Newly Rediscovered Film Shows Amelia Earhart Shortly Before Fatal Flight

The film is believed to be the last surviving footage of the celebrated female aviator, who disappeared over the South Pacific in July 1937.

Artist's representation of the newly discovered Regaliceratops peterhewsi. (Credit: Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology)

New “Hellboy” Dinosaur Identified in Canada

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.

Close-up of cannon recovered from HMS Erebus. (Credit: Parks Canada)

Relics of Long-Lost Shipwreck Unveiled

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.

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WWI Hero Henry Johnson Finally Receives Medal of Honor

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.

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Was This the First Murder Victim in History?

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.

John Scopes in the courtroom during his 1925 trial. (Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

90 Years Ago, Scopes (and Evolution) Indicted in Tennessee

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.

William Travis' 18365 "Victory or Death" letter. (Courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Travis Writes from the Alamo: “Victory or Death”

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.

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Golden Ornaments Decorate Tomb of Ming Dynasty Duchess

A five-century-old tomb found underneath a construction site in Nanjing, China, was the final resting place of a Ming Dynasty duchess.

A mockup of the a $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman. (Credit: Women on 20s)

Should Harriet Tubman Replace Jackson on the $20 Bill?

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.

X-ray revealing a skeleton inside an Ancient Egyptian cat mummy. (Credit: Manchester Museum/University of Manchester)

Scientists Reveal Inside Story of Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies

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.

Crowds take to the streets in New York City to celebrate. (Credit: Corbis)

V-E Day Around the World

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.

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.