History Stories
These Historic Military Parades Turned Heads
February 8, 2018

From ancient Rome to contemporary Paris, the flexing of military muscle is a longstanding tradition. Read More

The Deadliest Earthquake Ever Recorded
September 8, 2017

Estimates say it killed 830,000 people. Read More

Born in the USA: The Immigrant Son Who Fought for Birthright Citizenship
May 30, 2017

In one of the most overlooked civil rights cases in American history, an American-born son of Chinese immigrants took on the U.S. government to affirm the principle of birthright citizenship. Read More

Panda Diplomacy: The World’s Cutest Ambassadors
March 16, 2017

What has two black eyes, a short fuzzy tail, ears that look like pom-poms and can repair international wounds with nothing but their presence? Read More

How Ping-Pong Diplomacy Thawed the Cold War
April 8, 2016

Find out how table tennis became an unlikely tool in international relations. Read More

Who Was Yuan Shikai?
March 22, 2016

The former Qing dynasty general, who became president of the newly declared Chinese republic only to proclaim himself emperor, was forced to abdicate a century ago. Read More

China Epicenter of 1918 Flu Pandemic, Historian Says
February 10, 2014

According to new research by a Canadian historian, the 1918 flu outbreak that killed 50 million people originated in China. Read More

Chinese Theme Park Announces Plans for Life-Size Titanic Replica
January 16, 2014

An investment group is hoping to claim its share of the market with a new Titanic theme park, slated to open in 2016. Read More

When “Panda-Monium” Swept America
January 9, 2014

As panda cub Bao Bao readies for her public debut, look back at the frenzied arrival of the National Zoo’s first giant pandas in 1972. Read More

Chinese Spacecraft Lands on Moon
December 16, 2013

The unmanned Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 3 and lunar rover Yutu (“Jade Rabbit”) made a historic landing on the moon this weekend. Read More