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Remembering the Only Civilian to Die at Gettysburg

On the 150th anniversary of her death, find out how a 20-year-old seamstress became the Battle of Gettysburg’s lone civilian casualty.

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5 Things You May Not Know About Queen Victoria

On the 175th anniversary of her coronation, here are five things you may not know about the iconic monarch.

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The Birth of the Tour de France, 110 Years Ago

The Tour de France, celebrating its 100th edition, was full of feats of endurance and, yes, cheating from its very first race.

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Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

By analyzing a tiny fossil preserved in Yukon permafrost, scientists have been able to decode the genome of a horse that lived and died some 700,000 years ago.

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JFK Tells West Berliners That He Is One of Them, 50 Years Ago

President John F. Kennedy thrilled a huge West Berlin crowd 50 years ago by declaring, “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

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The Hunt for L’Oiseau Blanc

In the search for one of the most famous missing planes in history, all signs point to a tiny, remote island off the coast of Newfoundland.

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A New Golden Age for Silver?

Helping antibiotics fight powerful drug-resistant bacteria is only the latest non-monetary use that humans have found for silver throughout history.

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The Secrets of Ancient Roman Concrete

By analyzing concrete used to build 2,000-year-old Roman structures, a team of scientists may have found a longer-lasting, greener alternative to modern cement.

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8 Things You May Not Know About West Virginia

On the 150th anniversary of West Virginia’s admission to the Union, learn eight surprising facts about America’s 35th state.

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Brandenburg Gate: A Brief History

Berlin’s triumphal arch has played witness to some of the most significant moments in modern history.

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Remembering Space’s Female Pioneers

As we honor the historic heights reached by both Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride, here’s a look back at 50 years of women in space.

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Archaeologists Discover “Lost City” in Cambodian Jungle

Using state-of-the-art laser technology, a team of Australian archaeologists have uncovered a 1,200-year-old city hidden in the depths of the Cambodian jungle.

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The End of an Era: India Shutters its Telegraph System

After more than 160 years, India is set to shut down all telegraph services due to the rising ubiquity of smartphones, email and texting.