History In The Headlines

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Languages Under Siege

After being spoken for 3,000 years, Aramaic, the language of Jesus, could soon be extinct.

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The Mother of All Catalogs Ceases Publication, 10 Years Ago

Ten years after its last issue hit mailboxes, take a look back at the history of the Sears catalog.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the California Gold Rush

On the 165th anniversary of the discovery at Sutter’s Mill, check out 8 facts you may not know about the California Gold Rush.

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U.S. Military Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

As the U.S. military ends its policy of excluding women from combat, take a look back at women who have served on the front lines throughout history.

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In China, It’s Out With the Old, In With the Old

Chinese officials recently announced plans to demolish one historic area of Beijing in order to re-create another.

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Prehistoric Beaches Hold Key to Understanding Climate Change

Scientists are studying beaches dating to the mid-Pliocene era, some 3 million years ago, in order to predict how high sea levels might rise in the future.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Presidential Inaugurations

As President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term, explore eight surprising facts about presidential inaugurations.

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A Tour of Lesser-Known Presidential Inaugural Sites

As Inauguration Day approaches, explore seven locations other than the U.S. Capitol where presidents have taken the oath of office.

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Hawaii’s Monarchy Overthrown With U.S. Support, 120 Years Ago

Sugar barons and businessmen overthrew Hawaii’s longstanding monarchy 120 years ago, setting the stage for U.S. annexation.

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German Gold Going Home?

This week’s move marks the end of a financial arrangement meant to protect German interests at the height of the Cold War.

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U.S. Military Launches Search for Missing WWII Soldiers in Myanmar

A team of U.S. military investigators will soon head to Myanmar in hopes of recovering the remains of American servicemen lost during World War II.

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9 Things You May Not Know About the Pentagon

Seventy years after its completion, check out nine facts about the complex that the U.S. Department of Defense calls home.

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Burglar Nabs Gold Rush-Era Treasure from California Museum

A burglar who struck the Oakland Museum this week is the latest thief to target artifacts relating to California’s historic Gold Rush.