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Green-Wood Cemetery: A Victorian-Era Icon Turns 175

One of America’s first “rural” cemeteries has been welcoming New Yorkers since 1838.

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Why the Founder of Mother’s Day Turned Against It

Anna Jarvis, who founded Mother’s Day in 1908, passionately opposed its growing commercialization and eventually campaigned against the holiday.

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One World Trade Center Reaches Historic Heights

As its record-topping spire is installed, find out more about the building that has already become a New York icon.

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Chemist Solves Lincoln Funeral Train Mystery

An Arizona chemist has solved a historical mystery by determining the color of the railroad car that transported Abraham Lincoln’s body almost 150 years ago.

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Remembering V-E Day

As we commemorate its 68th anniversary, check out some surprising facts about how the world reacted to Victory in Europe.

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Do You Speak Ice Age?

Researchers may have traced hundreds of disparate languages to one Ice Age mother tongue.

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History’s Most Famous Literary Hoaxes

Thirty years after the Hitler Diaries were exposed as a fraud, here’s a look back at some of history’s other famous fictions.

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The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Black Jockeys

As Kevin Krigger seeks to become the first black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby since 1902, learn about the African-American riders who once ruled the race.

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Evidence of Cannibalism Found at Jamestown

New evidence supports historical accounts that desperate Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism during the harsh winter of 1609-10.

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7 Things You May Not Know About the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

On the 120th anniversary of its opening day, here are some surprising facts about the World’s Columbian Exposition.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Louisiana Purchase

On the 210th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, take a look behind the scenes of the historic real-estate deal.

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Beyond Citizen Kane: The World’s First Media Mogul

On what would have been the publisher’s 150th birthday, here are eight things you should know about William Randolph Hearst.

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7 Things You May Not Know About the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

On Saturday, the worlds of Washington, D.C. and Hollywood will once again collide as the nation’s capital plays host to the annual affair.