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Leonardo da Vinci's sketch of Isabella d'Este (left) and the recently found painting (right), purportedly by da Vinci as well.

Painting in Swiss Vault May Be Leonardo Da Vinci’s

A previously unknown painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci may have been found in a Swiss bank vault.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About the Washington Monument

Find out some fascinating facts about this American landmark, which opened to the public 125 years ago.

Leif Eriksson statue in Reykjavik, Iceland (Credit: iStockphotos.com)

The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America

Leif Eriksson Day commemorates the Norse explorer believed to have led the first European expedition to North America.

Map outlining territorial boundaries under the Proclamation of 1763. (Credit: Getty Images)

Remembering the Proclamation of 1763

King George III’s Proclamation of 1763, issued 250 years ago today, proved to be just the first of a series of British actions that led to the American Revolution.

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6 Things You May Not Know About Tecumseh

On the 200th anniversary of Tecumseh’s death, get the facts on the legendary Shawnee war chief.

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Abraham Lincoln and the “Mother of Thanksgiving”

On the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, get the full story behind one of America’s favorite holidays.

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Mount Vernon Opens New George Washington Presidential Library

More than two centuries after George Washington’s death, his wish to build his own presidential library has finally been fulfilled.

Artist's rendering of Kepler-7b, on left, and Jupiter, on right. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT)

NASA Creates First Cloud Map of Exoplanet

The cloud map was produced using data from the Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.

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Chamberlain Declares “Peace for Our Time,” 75 Years Ago

On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain received a rowdy homecoming after signing a peace pact with Nazi Germany.

University of Alaska Museum of the North examining Cretaceous rock along the Yukon River (Credit: Pat Druckenmiller)

Important New Site for Dinosaur Fossils Discovered in Alaska

Researchers make a rare find: thousands of dino tracks along the Yukon River.

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Lincoln Spotted Among Throngs in Rare Gettysburg Photo

A former Disney animator and self-proclaimed Abraham Lincoln nut appears to have identified the 16th president in one of the only known photographs of the Gettysburg dedication ceremony.

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After 69 Years, Daughter of WWII Soldier Receives His Letter

A Nevada woman finally receives a letter written to her by the father she never met, along with his Purple Heart medal.

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Document Reveals 1961 Nuclear Close-Call over North Carolina

A newly declassified document reveals how close the United States came to accidentally detonating a nuclear bomb on North Carolina in 1961.