The Best of 2012 on History.com

By History.com Staff

It’s been quite a busy year for us here at History.com. We’ve spent the last 12 months bringing you all the latest history news, hundreds of exclusive videos and interactive features, tons of fascinating facts and figures, new mobile apps and much, much more. As we wrap up the year, here’s a look back at some of our favorite content from 2012. Thanks for a wonderful year—see you in 2013!

Bet You Didn’t Know

We bet you didn’t know that fact you just saw. We didn’t either until we started working on one of our favorite features for this year—the new Bet You Didn’t Know™ interactive, a collection of hundreds of fascinating facts covering all aspects of history. The interactive lets you browse facts at random, sort by theme, share with friends and even check out the BYDK Top 20, our most popular facts. Check it out and get ready to impress your friends!

Infographics, Infographics and More Infographics

We just love infographics—and we get pretty excited every time we start a new one. We got ready for the premiere of the new series Shark Wranglers by telling you everything you needed to know about Great White Sharks and explored one of history’s infamous maritime disasters with Titanic by the Numbers. We followed the epic journey of Mankind The Story of All of Us with a weekly infographic series that covered pyramids, ancient Rome, the story of money and the age of exploration, before wrapping up with a closer look at our modern world with Mankind by the Numbers. And, of course, we always bring you the greatest facts about your favorite holidays—this year it was Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

You Want Apps? We’ve Got Apps!



This spring we launched the HISTORY Here App, an interactive travel guide to thousands of historic locations across the United States. The easy-to-use interface and dynamic maps bring history to life anywhere in the country with videos, images and descriptions. We followed that up with a companion mobile version of Bet You Didn’t Know, which includes all of our cool facts plus exclusive video, photos and interactives we produced for the series Mankind The Story of All of Us. And just last week, we launched the biggest one of all—the new HISTORY App. Now you can watch your favorite HISTORY shows—including Pawn Stars, Swamp People and much more—whenever and wherever you want. Get full episodes, clips and topical videos, all available for free! New video is added daily so you’ll always have something to watch. Go ahead, you can thank us.

Hear History Unfold

Featuring more than 600 clips covering the worlds of politics, sports, science, entertainment and more, our all-new Speeches and Audio section is the place to hear history’s most iconic moments and important events unfold.

Deconstructing Our World: One Place at a Time

History: Deconstructed gives you all the facts and figures on history’s most famous places, statues and structures. This year alone we tackled the Taj Mahal, Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam. We also got you ready for the Summer Olympics with a look at two London landmarks—Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. We even explored the history of our most beloved icons with American Flag: Deconstructed.

Fresh Franchises

Blog- History Lists
Every day we bring you the latest info on new discoveries, important anniversaries and the history behind today’s headlines. But one article a day just isn’t enough. So this year we’ve branched out, expanding our offerings with four new franchises. Now with Hungry History you can explore food facts from the past and get the true story behind your favorite dishes. HISTORY Lists lets you count your way through history with eye-opening lineups of events, figures, facts and more. Watch us debunk myths, reveal the truth and get all your burning history questions answered with Ask HISTORY. And, of course, there’s the very HISTORY blog you’re already reading, where we highlight special features, must-see links, fun facts and more.

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