History In The Headlines

Category: U.S. Presidents

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Facts About the Bill of Rights on Its 220th Anniversary

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known collectively as the Bill of Rights, became law on December 15, 1791.

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Do U.S. Presidents Age Faster While in Office?

A human longevity expert assessed the longstanding theory that the stresses of the job make American presidents age more quickly.

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A History of White House Attacks

Last week’s White House shooting wasn’t the first time the executive mansion has come under fire.

Daniel Ellsberg

Pentagon Papers Fully Declassified on Famous Leak’s 40th Anniversary

On the 40th anniversary of their leak to the public, the Pentagon Papers have been declassified and released in their entirety.

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125 Years Ago: Nice Day for a White House Wedding

Grover Cleveland became the first and only president to be married at the White House when he wed Frances Folsom 125 years ago.

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How the U.S. President Became the Nation’s Star Athlete

What’s up with Obama’s ping-pong and JFK’s touch football? Just ask Teddy Roosevelt.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Memo from 1944 Warned FDR Would Likely Die in Office

In July 1944, nine months before Franklin Roosevelt’s death, a doctor who had recently examined him wrote a memo warning that the president could not survive a fourth term in office.

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Trove of Thomas Jefferson’s Books Discovered

Dozens of books that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson have surfaced at Washington University in St. Louis, where they have been keeping a low profile for 131 years.

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Lincoln Documents Accompanied Donner Party on Its Grim Journey

Researchers have uncovered an unlikely connection between a young Abraham Lincoln and the ill-fated Donner Party.