History In The Headlines

Author: Sarah Pruitt

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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.

Bernard Dacre on the island of St.-Pierre (Credit: Getty Images)

The Hunt for L’Oiseau Blanc

In the search for one of the most famous missing planes in history, all signs point to a tiny, remote island off the coast of Newfoundland.

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A New Golden Age for Silver?

Helping antibiotics fight powerful drug-resistant bacteria is only the latest non-monetary use that humans have found for silver throughout history.

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The Secrets of Ancient Roman Concrete

By analyzing concrete used to build 2,000-year-old Roman structures, a team of scientists may have found a longer-lasting, greener alternative to modern cement.

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Archaeologists Discover “Lost City” in Cambodian Jungle

Using state-of-the-art laser technology, a team of Australian archaeologists have uncovered a 1,200-year-old city hidden in the depths of the Cambodian jungle.

An employee monitors an incoming telegram at a telecommunications office in Bangalore. (Credit: Getty Images)

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.