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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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On the eve of its 160th anniversary, take a look back at history’s most celebrated cavalry charge.
Using material extracted from a fossilized thigh bone found in Siberia, scientists have reconstructed the genetic map of a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.
Researchers believe he had a club foot, buck teeth and a feminine physique, along with multiple diseases.
California archaeologists have unearthed a piece of Hollywood history—a plaster sphinx from the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille epic “The Ten Commandments.”
On the 50th anniversary of Herbert Hoover’s death, learn 10 surprising facts about America’s 31st president.
Two centuries ago, a brewery accident unleashed a deadly tidal wave of beer through a London neighborhood in one of history’s strangest disasters.
Find out more about the speech that resuscitated Abraham Lincoln’s political career and launched him towards the presidency, 160 years ago today.
In 1869, trickster George Hull masterminded one of the 19th century’s most sensational hoaxes: the discovery of a 10-foot-tall giant.
During the last ice age, they drifted thousands of miles south from Canada, researchers find.
On the 70th anniversary of his death get the facts on the famed “Desert Fox.”
Explore eight surprising facts about the life of Rome’s fourth emperor.
Recent excavations of a ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago near the Greek island of Antikythera have yielded some astonishing new discoveries.
Paintings found on limestone cave walls in Indonesia may date back at least 40,000 years, as long as the earliest art found in caves in Western Europe.