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10 Things You May Not Know About Winston Churchill

Exploring some surprising facts about the British wartime leader.

Hank Aaron hits home run 715, breaking Babe Ruth's record, on April 8, 1974. (Credit: Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

When Hank Aaron Passed the Babe, 40 Years Ago

Forty years after Hank Aaron’s 715th career home run, look back at the moment he surpassed the immortal Babe Ruth.

A pocket-sized edition of "Doctor Zhivago" printed by the CIA, but attributed to a fictitious French publisher.

CIA Used “Dr. Zhivago” as Cold War Weapon

Recently declassified Cold War-era documents reveal how the Central Intelligence Agency used the epic novel “Dr. Zhivago” as a tool to undermine the Soviet Union.

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Scientists Reconstruct Dinosaur Chase in 3-D

Using old photographs and cutting-edge technology, scientists have digitally reconstructed a prehistoric dinosaur chase through an ancient riverbed in Texas.

The goblet of the Infanta Dona Urrace in Spain's Basilica of San Isidro (Credit: Getty Images)

Is the Quest for the Holy Grail Over?

A pair of historians claim they have discovered the elusive Holy Grail inside a Spanish basilica.

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Medieval “Black Death” Was Airborne, Scientists Say

Skeletons buried deep beneath a square in London yield new information about how one of history’s deadliest plagues spread through 14th-century Britain.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Eiffel Tower

On the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower’s completion, explore 10 surprising facts about the Parisian icon.

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5 Things You May Not Know About the Terra Cotta Army

On March 29, 1974, Chinese farmers digging a well near Xi’an made one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.

Portage, Alaska (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

The Great Alaska Earthquake, 50 Years Ago

Look back at the 9.2-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in North America, which shook Alaska 50 years ago.

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The Struggle to Bring WWII Veterans Home

Recent cases have highlighted the difficulties facing families of U.S. servicemen killed in World War II and buried as “unknowns” thousands of miles from home.

Items relating to the 1944 POW escape from Stalag Luft III on display at London's Imperial War Museum. (Credit: Graeme Robertson/Getty Image)

Remembering “The Great Escape,” 70 Years Ago

Ceremonies are marking the 70th anniversary of “The Great Escape” of 76 Allied airmen from a Nazi prisoner of war camp.

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The Birth of OK, 175 Years Ago

Thanks in part to its adoption in the 1840 presidential campaign, what began as a lame joke in a Boston newspaper morphed into one of the most ubiquitous expressions in the English language

Students walk past a mural dedicated to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (Credit: Ted Aljibe/Getty Images)

History’s Missing Passenger Flights

As the search for a missing Malaysian airliner continues, look back at six other times when passenger flights mysteriously vanished over water.