History In The Headlines

Author: Sarah Pruitt

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The End of an Era: India Shutters its Telegraph System

After more than 160 years, India is set to shut down all telegraph services due to the rising ubiquity of smartphones, email and texting.

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In Connecticut, Wright Brothers No Longer “First in Flight”

The Connecticut Senate has passed legislation effectively stripping Wilbur and Orville Wright of recognition for the first powered flight in history.

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Letters Shed New Light on World War I’s Christmas Truce

Newly discovered letters sent by a British officer from the Western Front reveal a more complicated truth behind the famous Christmas Truce of 1914.

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Man’s Best (and Oldest) Friend

New studies involving prehistoric dogs are enabling scientists to form important conclusions about the history of humans and their most devoted companions.

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Why the Founder of Mother’s Day Turned Against It

Anna Jarvis, who founded Mother’s Day in 1908, passionately opposed its growing commercialization and eventually campaigned against the holiday.

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Chemist Solves Lincoln Funeral Train Mystery

An Arizona chemist has solved a historical mystery by determining the color of the railroad car that transported Abraham Lincoln’s body almost 150 years ago.

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Evidence of Cannibalism Found at Jamestown

New evidence supports historical accounts that desperate Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism during the harsh winter of 1609-10.

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Einstein’s Relativity Theory Passes Tough Test

A rare binary star system has put Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity to its most challenging test to date.

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Dinosaur Egg Study Suggests New Evolutionary Link With Birds

A new study of fossilized dinosaur eggs provides evidence of similarities between the nesting behaviors of dinosaurs and their closest living relatives – birds.

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Ancient Ritual Bath Unearthed in Jerusalem

Archaeologists in Jerusalem recently uncovered a 2,000-year-old ritual bath during a road excavation project.

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What You Need to Know About North Korea

Get a primer on the enigmatic nation and why it’s causing a global crisis.

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Asteroid Set For a Close Encounter With Earth

An asteroid measuring about 150 feet across will make a historically close approach to Earth on February 15.

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Parking Lot Remains Confirmed to Belong to Richard III

DNA testing has confirmed that the remains found last fall under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester are those of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England.