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On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare, a health insurance program for elderly Americans, into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, which…
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Look back 150 years ago when Congress approved the 13th Amendment, which officially abolished slavery in the United States.
Fifty years after Great Britain said farewell to Winston Churchill, look back at the largest state funeral the world had ever seen up to that point in time.
As Super Bowl XLIX approaches, look back at the NFL’s strange first championship game, played indoors on a 60-yard field squeezed into a hockey rink.
On the 180th anniversary of the first assassination attempt against a U.S. president, learn how Andrew Jackson miraculously escaped death at the hands of a crazed gunman.
Egyptian Museum workers accidentally snapped the beard off King Tut’s burial mask and then used epoxy to glue it back. Can the damage be repaired?
Learn more about the last days of World War II in Europe that serve as the backdrop to the war drama “Fury.”
Seventy years after U.S. soldier Audie Murphy went “To Hell and Back” and earned the Medal of Honor, learn the story behind one of the most astonishing battlefield actions of World War II.
Learn 10 surprising facts about the scholarly Sons of Liberty member who served as the second president of the United States.
New X-ray technology can decipher text from papyrus scrolls buried in the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Learn 10 surprising facts about the oft-forgotten Sons of Liberty leader who died in battle before the United States was even born.
Learn the real-life story of Chris Kyle, the late Navy SEAL sharpshooter portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film “American Sniper.”
Explore some of the revolutionaries’ real-life haunts in Boston.