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Category: British History

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A New Find Offers a Rare Glimpse Into the Literary Mind of Winston Churchill

The British prime minister was also an accomplished author who published more than 40 books.

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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.

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10 Things You May Not Know About London’s Underground

On the 150th anniversary of its first ride, explore 10 facts about the world’s first underground railway.

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Fight for the Falklands: A Primer

Long-running tensions between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falkland Islands have flared again, near the 180th anniversary of a historic clash.

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Piltdown Man Hoax, 100 Years Ago

On its 100th anniversary, mystery still lingers over one of history’s most spectacular scientific hoaxes.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Boston Tea Party

As the 239th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party approaches, explore 10 things you may not know about the iconic political protest.

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The Killer Fog That Blanketed London, 60 Years Ago

For five days in December 1952, the Great Smog smothered London, wreaking havoc and killing thousands.

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Royal Announcement Leads to Succession Scramble

The announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby has put pressure on the British government to change centuries-old rules of royal succession.

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The Royal Roots of the American Christmas Tree

An American holiday tradition was launched by a fashionable British queen celebrating an old German custom.

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Guy Fawkes Day: A Brief History

As Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes Day today with fireworks and bonfires, look back at Fawkes’ failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

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Lost World War II Bomber Crew Found After 69 Years

More than 69 years after they crashed in Germany, the remains of five British airmen have been recovered and will receive a proper burial.

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6 Things You May Not Know About the Gregorian Calendar

Explore the history of the Gregorian calendar, which Britain and its colonies adopted 260 years ago.

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King Richard III’s Body Found Under Parking Lot?

Archaeologists searching for the lost grave of King Richard III might have unearthed his remains in the English city of Leicester.