History In The Headlines

Fireworks explode around the Eiffel Tower on July 14, 2014 in Paris, France. (Credit: Frederic Stevens/WireImage)

The French Revolution: Fact or Fiction?

In honor of Bastille Day, explore some well-known “facts” about the French Revolution—some of which may not be so factual after all.

Harper Lee receives the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Harper Lee Publishes First Novel in 55 Years

Amid heated controversy, Harper Lee’s much-anticipated second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” is being released tomorrow, 55 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird” became a sensation.

An aircraft spotter on theAn aircraft spotter on the roof of a building in London, with St. Pau's Cathedral in the background. (Credit: New York Time Paris Bureau Collection/National Archives) roof of a building in London, with St. Paul's Cathedral in the background. (Credit: New York Time Paris Bureau Collection/National Archives)

10 Things You Should Know About the Battle of Britain

Seventy-five years after it began, check out 10 fascinating facts about the battle that decided the fate of Great Britain during World War II.

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One Mystery of a Famous Kiss is Solved…Thanks to Physics

A physicist and his colleagues used scientific analysis to pinpoint exactly when photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt snapped his iconic photo “V-J Day in Times Square.”

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Treasures From Spanish Galleon Sunk in 1622 Set For Auction

Part of the large cache of treasure recovered from the wreck of a 400-year-old Spanish galleon near the Florida Keys will go on auction early next month.

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Scientists Decode Secrets of 15-Million-Year-Old Monkey Brain

When scientists used 3-D computer imaging to examine the 15-million-year-old skull of an ancient Old World monkey, they discovered some intriguing things.

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Design Competition Launched for National World War I Memorial

Two weeks remain in an open competition to submit designs for the latest monument to be constructed in Washington, D.C.—the World War I Memorial.

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10 Things You May Not Know About P.T. Barnum

Check out 10 surprising facts about the 19th century’s most legendary showman.

Steffi Graf during her Grand Slam run in 1988. (Credit: PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)

Tennis’ Elusive Grand Slam

At Wimbledon, Serena Williams is pursuing her third straight major title on the way to a possible Grand Slam—a feat very few players in history have achieved.

Nicholas Winton receiving the Czech Order of the White Lion on October 28, 2014. (Credit: Michal Ruzicka/isifa/Getty Images)

Nicholas Winton, “Britain’s Schindler,” Dies at 106

On the eve of World War II, a British stockbroker saved the lives of more than 650 children trapped in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

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8 Famous Figures Born on the Fourth of July

Learn about eight real-life Yankee Doodle Dandies who share a July 4th birthday with the United States.

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7 Times the U.S.-Canada Border Wasn’t So Peaceful

The U.S.-Canada border wasn’t always so peaceful. On Canada Day, look back at seven times when the United States clashed violently with its northern neighbor.

Debris rests on what used to be the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

7 Withering Droughts

As Californians endure their fourth straight year of exceptionally low rainfall, take a look back at some of history’s other notorious droughts.