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The History Behind the Scottish Independence Vote

On September 18, Scottish voters will go to the polls to decide the future of their country.

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9 Things You May Not Know About “The Star-Spangled Banner”

On the bicentennial of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” learn surprising facts about the national anthem and the man who wrote its lyrics.

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Subterranean Mapping Reveals Secrets Underneath Stonehenge

A long-running survey of the landscape around Stonehenge has detected a subterranean network of monuments lurking beneath the prehistoric stone circle.

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Ship From Doomed Arctic Expedition Found After 170 Years

The recently discovered wreck of one of the ships from Sir John Franklin’s lost 1845 mission to the Arctic may be the key to a centuries-old mystery.

Has Jack the Ripper's Identity Been Revealed?

Has Jack the Ripper’s Identity Been Revealed?

The author of a new book claims to have solved one of history’s coldest cases and unmasked the identity of Jack the Ripper.

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The Dutch Surrender New Netherland, 350 Years Ago

On the 350th anniversary of its demise, get the facts on the only Dutch colony in mainland North America, which included present-day New York City.

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The First Battle of the Marne, 100 Years Ago

On the centennial of the First Battle of the Marne, look back at the bloody fight that saved Paris and changed the course of World War I.

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The Birth of the National Football League

As a new season kicks off, look back at the National Football League’s humble origins in an Ohio auto dealership and its inaugural 1920 season.

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Neanderthals May Have Been Artists, Too

A new study claims that markings found etched into the wall of a cave in Gibraltar are the work of Neanderthals, the closest extinct relatives of early modern humans.

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Union Troops Capture Atlanta, 150 Years Ago

During the Civil War, the fall of Atlanta 150 years ago proved to be a blow from which the Confederacy never recovered.

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World War II Begins, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland, look back at the Nazi offensive that launched World War II.

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8 Unusual Facts About the 1904 St. Louis Olympics

On their 110th anniversary, learn eight surprising facts about one of weirdest and wildest Summer Games in Olympic history.

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U.S. Open Honors Past Champ Joe Hunt, Killed During WWII

As part of the U.S. Open’s third annual Military Appreciation Day, the tennis world remembers Joe Hunt, who won a dramatic victory in the 1943 men’s championship.