History In The Headlines

Author: Sarah Pruitt

Washington Map Society

Ostrich-Egg Globe May Be Oldest to Depict New World

A Belgian map collector has found what may be the oldest known globe to depict the New World, dating to the early 1500s and engraved on the shell of an ostrich egg.

Smithsonian Institution

New Mammal Discovered in the Americas

This week, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution introduced the olinguito —the newest mammal and the first carnivore discovered in the Americas in 35 years.

Fugitive Ronnie Biggs, one of the masterminds of the Great Train Robbery, in 1994. (Credit: Getty Images)

50 Years On, Looking Back at the Great Train Robbery

On August 8, 1963, 15 thieves pulled off one of the most famous heists of all time, robbing the U.K.’s Royal Mail train and making off with the equivalent of $69 million.

Upernavik, Greenland (Credit: Lee Corbett)

Scientists Discover Protective “Ghost Glaciers” in Greenland

A new study finds that so-called “ghost glaciers” – layers of non-erosive glacial ice – have protected Greenland’s ancient landscapes for more than 800,000 years.

Day 2 of the 2013 Fiesta de San Fermin. (Credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

For Better or Worse, Running of the Bulls Comes to U.S.

Beginning August 24, thousands of American daredevils will get their chance to run with the bulls when this centuries-old Spanish tradition arrives stateside.

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Fighting to Save Rosie the Riveter’s Factory

A non-profit group is fighting to save Michigan’s Willow Run factory from demolition and preserve its historic legacy.

jane austen

Jane Austen Wins a Place on UK Currency

The Bank of England announced this week that an image of the beloved author Jane Austen will be printed on the back of Britain’s 10-pound note—replacing famed naturalist Charles Darwin.

lajamanu australia

A New Language is Born

Within the last four decades, young people in a remote village in northern Australia have created a new language and made it their native tongue.

Gerald Ford

9 Things You May Not Know About Gerald Ford

On the centennial of his birth, explore some interesting facts you may not know about the 38th U.S. president, Gerald R. Ford.

Passenger Pigeon

The Revival of the Passenger Pigeon?

More than 100 years after passenger pigeons disappeared from the wild, scientists believe they can recreate the species through a painstaking, controversial “de-extinction” process.

Vicksburg National Military Park

With Vicksburg’s Fall, the Union Seizes “Key” to Victory

Along with the defeat of Robert E. Lee’s army at Gettysburg a day earlier, the Confederate surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 would turn the tide of the Civil War.

queen-victoria

5 Things You May Not Know About Queen Victoria

On the 175th anniversary of her coronation, here are five things you may not know about the iconic monarch.

Przewalski horses in Western Mongolia (Credit: Claudia Feh/Association pour le cheval de Przewalski)

Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

By analyzing a tiny fossil preserved in Yukon permafrost, scientists have been able to decode the genome of a horse that lived and died some 700,000 years ago.