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9 Things You May Not Know About Ellis Island

On the 60th anniversary of the closing of Ellis Island, learn nine surprising facts about the port that once served as the main entryway to America.

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151 Years Later, Gettysburg Hero Awarded Medal of Honor

Alonzo Cushing, a Union lieutenant killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, has finally received the Medal of Honor 151 years after his death.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Berlin Wall

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, learn 10 surprising facts about the iconic Cold War symbol.

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Lincoln’s Hard-Fought Civil War Re-Election, 150 Years Ago

By winning re-election in 1864 against his former top general, Abraham Lincoln dashed any hopes of a negotiated peace with the Confederacy.

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35 Years Later, Looking Back at the Iran Hostage Crisis

In November 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, beginning a 444-day ordeal that marked America’s first clash with militant Islam.

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The Original Godzilla Attacks Tokyo, 60 Years Ago

The classic Japanese science fiction film “Gojira,” about a prehistoric monster brought back to life by nuclear testing, made its debut on November 3, 1954.

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The Last American Vampire

The grisly vampire hysteria that gripped a New England town in 1892 sounds like a Halloween legend, but it is a true tale of the macabre.

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The “Rumble in the Jungle,” 40 Years Ago

On the 40th anniversary of the epic heavyweight title fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, look back at boxing’s “Rumble in the Jungle.”

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Researchers Identify Fragment of Amelia Earhart’s Plane

New research into Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance yields a breakthrough with the positive identification of a piece of the famed aviator’s plane.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

On the centennial of Jonas Salk’s birth, explore eight surprising facts about the groundbreaking polio vaccine that he developed.

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Archaeologists Reveal City Ruled By Genghis Khan’s Heirs

Archaeologists working along the Volga River in Russia have uncovered the remains of a 750-year-old city ruled by the descendants of Mongol warrior Genghis Khan.

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The Charge of the Light Brigade, 160 Years Ago

On the eve of its 160th anniversary, take a look back at history’s most celebrated cavalry charge.

Samples from this thigh bone were used to reconstruct the genome of Ust’-Ishim man. (Credit: Bence Viola/ Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Scientists Reconstruct 45,000-Year-Old Human Genome

Using material extracted from a fossilized thigh bone found in Siberia, scientists have reconstructed the genetic map of a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.