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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.
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.
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.
An Italian researcher has concluded that a painting some have called the ancient Egyptian equivalent of DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa” is probably a fake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new study clears the black rat of spreading the infamous Black Death from Asia across medieval Europe, and identifies gerbils as a more likely culprit.