History In The Headlines

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son, July 23, 2013. (Credit: Getty Images)

A Name Fit For a Prince

Get the facts on the complicated family history of Britain’s newest royal arrival.

Fort San Juan

Archaeologists Discover Oldest Colonial Fort in U.S Interior

Archeologists have discovered the remains of a 16th century garrison that predates the earliest English settlements in the United States by decades.

The Winnie Mae on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.

Wiley Post Makes History

Eighty years ago, American aviator Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the globe.

Mural depicting the Second Battle of Fort Wagner

“Glory” Regiment Attacks Fort Wagner, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the bloody battle that inspired the movie “Glory,” take a look back at the all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment.

Mandela retires

Mandela at 95: Slideshow

As the world celebrates his 95th birthday, here’s a look back at the life and legacy of the man known to his fellow South Africans and the world as “Madiba.”

John Jacob Astor

America’s First Multi-Millionaire, 250 Years Later

Get the facts about John Jacob Astor, America’s first multi-millionaire.

lajamanu australia

A New Language is Born

Within the last four decades, young people in a remote village in northern Australia have created a new language and made it their native tongue.

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90 Years Later: 8 Things You May Not Know About the Hollywood Sign

Ninety years after the Hollywood sign went up, explore some surprising facts about this famed symbol of the U.S. movie industry.

Gerald Ford

9 Things You May Not Know About Gerald Ford

On the centennial of his birth, explore some interesting facts you may not know about the 38th U.S. president, Gerald R. Ford.

Boston Strangler

CSI Boston: DNA Provides New Clues in Strangler Case, 50 Years Later

Investigators have conclusively linked Albert DeSalvo to the murder of a 19-year-old woman in 1964.

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.

tokyo

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.