HISTORY Blog

Author: Barbara Maranzani

Canada’s Space Celebrity Comes Home

On Monday evening, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will wrap up his stay aboard the International Space Station when he and two fellow crewmembers touch down in eastern Kazakhstan. A veteran of two previous missions, Hadfield has become a media ...

Tombstone Tales: History’s Most Famous Epitaphs

Former New York City mayor Edward I. Koch, who died last week at the age of 88, was buried today at Trinity Cemetery in northern Manhattan. In the years leading up to his death, Koch talked openly about his funeral plans, going so far as to give ...

History on the Big Screen – Argo

Hello history (and film) fans. We’re happy you’ve joined us for this week’s installment of “History on the Big Screen". Once again, we’re exploring the real stories behind some of this year’s Academy Award—nominated films. As usual, ...

History on the Big Screen – Lincoln

We’re back with our latest installment in a series that examines the real history behind some of this year’s most honored films. This week, we’ll take a look at “Lincoln.” Find out what the movie gets right, what it gets wrong and which ...

History on the Big Screen – Les Misérables

Hollywood loves history, as the recently announced crop of nominees for the Motion Picture Academy's highest honor proves. Nearly half of the Best Picture nominations went to films that cover historical events. We love history, and we love movies ...

Hatfields & McCoys: Back in the News

It's the most famous family feud in American history. And now, 125 years after its end, a recent archeological find has put the Hatfield and McCoy families back in the spotlight. Last week, researchers announced the discovery of what they believe ...

Introducing Bet You Didn’t Know

As we've mentioned in a few previous posts, we've been working on a ton of content in support of the new six-part series Mankind The Story of All of Us, including videos, infographics, unique social media experiences, original articles and ...

Chuck Yeager and Felix Baumgartner Take to the Skies

Millions of viewers were glued to their television screens yesterday as skydiver Felix Baumgartner made his world record-breaking jump over Roswell, New Mexico. Encased in a state-of-the-art pressurized suit, Baumgartner leaped from a balloon ...

How the First Traffic Signal Predated the First Car

I’m back with the full story behind another of the interesting facts I’ve been compiling for an upcoming interactive. We’ll be launching the project later this month, so make sure to check back for more updates. Until then, I hope you enjoy ...

Up Close and Personal With Christopher Columbus

There are few things New Yorkers enjoy more than a good real estate story. So it's probably no surprise that a hot topic of discussion around here just happens to be one of the most unusual "living" arrangements the city has seen in ...