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Death Valley's Furnace Creek

The Hottest Day on Earth, 100 Years Ago

Get the story behind Death Valley’s record-breaking heat wave.

Passenger Pigeon

The Revival of the Passenger Pigeon?

More than 100 years after passenger pigeons disappeared from the wild, scientists believe they can recreate the species through a painstaking, controversial “de-extinction” process.

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Six Things You Should Know About Tokyo

One hundred and sixty years after Commodore Matthew Perry “opened” Japan to the west, discover some surprising facts about the Japanese capital.

New York City Draft Riots

Four Days of Fire: The New York City Draft Riots

The July 1863 draft riots were the largest civilian insurrection in American history.

Vicksburg National Military Park

With Vicksburg’s Fall, the Union Seizes “Key” to Victory

Along with the defeat of Robert E. Lee’s army at Gettysburg a day earlier, the Confederate surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 would turn the tide of the Civil War.

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7 Things You Should Know About the Battle of Gettysburg

On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, explore seven ways that the bloody engagement forever changed America.

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Day 2 at Gettysburg: The Union Line Holds at Little Round Top

When Union troops in the hills south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, pushed back a Confederate onslaught 150 years ago today, it proved to be the turning point of the battle that turned the tide of the war.

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Remembering the Only Civilian to Die at Gettysburg

On the 150th anniversary of her death, find out how a 20-year-old seamstress became the Battle of Gettysburg’s lone civilian casualty.

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5 Things You May Not Know About Queen Victoria

On the 175th anniversary of her coronation, here are five things you may not know about the iconic monarch.

2012 Tour de France (Credit: Getty Images)

The Birth of the Tour de France, 110 Years Ago

The Tour de France, celebrating its 100th edition, was full of feats of endurance and, yes, cheating from its very first race.

Przewalski horses in Western Mongolia (Credit: Claudia Feh/Association pour le cheval de Przewalski)

Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

By analyzing a tiny fossil preserved in Yukon permafrost, scientists have been able to decode the genome of a horse that lived and died some 700,000 years ago.

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JFK Tells West Berliners That He Is One of Them, 50 Years Ago

President John F. Kennedy thrilled a huge West Berlin crowd 50 years ago by declaring, “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

Bernard Dacre on the island of St.-Pierre (Credit: Getty Images)

The Hunt for L’Oiseau Blanc

In the search for one of the most famous missing planes in history, all signs point to a tiny, remote island off the coast of Newfoundland.