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The Sinking of RMS Lusitania, 100 Years Ago

On the centennial of its demise, learn more about the ill-fated British ocean liner.

A Japanese balloon bomb recovered near Milton, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1945. (Credit: Canadian Press File Photo)

Attack of Japan’s Killer WWII Balloons, 70 Years Ago

Japan’s bizarre WWII plan to bomb the continental U.S. by high-altitude balloons claimed its first and only victims, an Oregon church group, 70 years ago.

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The Allies’ Mission of Mercy, 70 Years Ago

Seventy years ago, Allied aircraft embarked on a risky mission to drop food, not bombs, onto Nazi-occupied portions of the Netherlands.

A U-2 reconnaissance plane in flight. (Credit: Greg Mathieson/Mai/Mai/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Remembering the U-2 Spy Plane Incident

Fifty-five years ago, one of the most notorious chapters in the Cold War began after American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down and captured during a spying mission over the Soviet Union.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Captain James Cook

Two hundred forty-five years after he landed in Australia, learn 10 surprising facts about the explorer who vowed to sail “as far as I think it possible for man to go.”

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Mussolini’s Final Hours, 70 Years Ago

On the 70th anniversary of Benito Mussolini’s execution, read about the Italian dictator’s final days and his body’s strange journey in the years after.

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The Forgotten Story of America’s Titanic, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the sinking of Sultana, look back at the worst maritime disaster in American history—one you may have never heard of.

"The Landing at Anzac" (Credit: Archives New Zealand)

8 Things You May Not Know About the Gallipoli Campaign

On its 100th anniversary, get the facts on the epic World War I struggle.

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10 Fascinating Facts About the Hubble Space Telescope

A quarter of a century after its mission began, get the lowdown on the telescope that helped revolutionize humanity’s understanding of the cosmos.

Gravestone identifying it as the resting place of seven unknowns from USS Oklahoma. (Credit: AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

In Reversal, Pearl Harbor Unknowns to Be Exhumed

Changing course, the Pentagon will exhume and try to identify the remains of hundreds of USS Oklahoma sailors killed during the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing.

USS Independence in 1943.

WWII Aircraft Carrier Used in Atomic Bomb Tests Found Intact on Sea Floor

Researchers have used an underwater drone to explore the wreck of USS Independence, a light aircraft carrier that served during World War II and later became a target during atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll.

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Julius Caesar Suffered from Strokes, Not Epilepsy, New Study Says

A new examination of Julius Caesar’s health has found that the Roman dictator may have suffered from a series “mini-strokes” rather than epilepsy.

The purported mummy of John Wilkes Booth in 1937 (Credit: William Vandivert/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

The John Wilkes Booth Mummy That Toured America

Decades after his reported death, John Wilkes Booth had a second box-office career when his purported mummy became a carnival attraction.