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Secretariat’s Record-Breaking Run, 40 Years Later

Forty years after he entered the history books, check out some surprising facts about an American equine icon.

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57 Years, 177 Days and Counting: John Dingell Jr. Makes History

A Michigan congressman has become America’s longest-serving member of Congress.

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In Connecticut, Wright Brothers No Longer “First in Flight”

The Connecticut Senate has passed legislation effectively stripping Wilbur and Orville Wright of recognition for the first powered flight in history.

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Remembering Robert F. Kennedy

As we commemorate the 45th anniversary of his death, here are 10 things you may not know about RFK.

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Letters Shed New Light on World War I’s Christmas Truce

Newly discovered letters sent by a British officer from the Western Front reveal a more complicated truth behind the famous Christmas Truce of 1914.

Memorial to Harriet Tubman in Boston, Massachusetts. (Credit: Boston Art Commission)

Harriet Tubman’s Daring Raid, 150 Years Ago

One hundred and fifty years after one her most daring achievements and 100 years after her death, find out some surprising facts about Harriet Tubman.

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Have Researchers Found Amelia Earhart’s Plane?

Researchers may have had a breakthrough in the decades-long search for the missing aviator.

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7 Things You Should Know About Mount Everest

Explore some surprising facts about Mount Everest 60 years after it was first climbed.

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The Battle for Jim Thorpe’s Body

As America celebrates the 125th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s birth, a judge has ordered his remains to be moved to his native Oklahoma.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day

From its Civil War origins to its modern-day traditions, find out more about America’s most solemn holiday.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Brooklyn Bridge

On its 130th birthday, check out some surprising facts about the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

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Man’s Best (and Oldest) Friend

New studies involving prehistoric dogs are enabling scientists to form important conclusions about the history of humans and their most devoted companions.

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After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved

After nearly two centuries, scientists have identified the plant pathogen that devastated Ireland, killing 1 million people and triggering a mass emigration.