History In The Headlines

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

The South African activist and former president led the struggle against apartheid and became a global advocate for human rights.

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The Night Prohibition Ended, 80 Years Ago

On the 80th anniversary of the 21st Amendment’s ratification, look back at America’s surprising reaction to the end of Prohibition.

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World-Famous Christmas Tree Will Light Up Tonight

As the tree lighting at New York City’s Rockefeller Center marks its 81st anniversary, find out more about this sparkling tradition.

Pisces V submersible at the deck of the I-400 submarine (Credit: NOAA HURL Archives)

Japanese Mega-Submarine From WWII Discovered off Hawaii

Researchers find a giant aircraft-carrier sub that was captured and sunk by the U.S. Navy nearly 70 years ago.

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Oldest U.S. Synagogue Turns 250

America’s oldest extant synagogue was dedicated 250 years ago today in Newport, Rhode Island, and later received strong words of support from George Washington.

The bombardment of San Juan de Ulua on November 27, 1838

The Pastry War, 175 Years Ago

An unpaid bakery debt launched the Pastry War between France and Mexico 175 years ago and ultimately cost General Santa Anna his leg.

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A Calamity at Sea, 70 Years Ago

The sinking of the HMT Rohna 70 years ago today resulted in the greatest loss of troops at sea in U.S. history.

Excavated wine cellar at Tel Kabri site. (Credit: Eric H. Cline, George Washington University)

One of History’s Oldest Wine Cellars Discovered

A 3,700-year-old storage room may have once contained roughly 3,000 bottles of wine.

Marina Oswald, 1977 (Credit: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Beyond Dallas: The Assassination’s Key Players After Nov. 22, 1963

Fifty years after the Kennedy assassination, find out what happened to eight figures whose lives became entwined with the events in Dealey Plaza.

Daniel Meader of John McInnis Auctioneers holds J.F.K.'s 1962 Air Force One Bomber Jacket at the John McInnis Presidential Auction at an auction on February 17, 2013 in Amesbury, Massachusetts. (Credit: Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

JFK Artifacts Fetch Hefty Sums at Auctions

Buyers are spending big money to own a piece of Kennedy history, from nearly $600,000 for the president’s leather jacket to $318,000 for a car he once rode in.

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Lee Harvey Oswald: Plan, Chaos or Conspiracy?

In an excerpt from his new book, author Steven M. Gillon details the final hours of Lee Harvey Oswald’s life.

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JFK: Final 100 Days

As the world remembers the presidency of John F. Kennedy, here’s a look back at his final 100 days in office.

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The Other Victims of the JFK Assassination

President John F. Kennedy was not the only one hit when gunfire erupted 50 years ago from Friday in downtown Dallas.