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Ancients First Ate Palms, Not Rice

A new study shows that agriculture may have emerged in southern China much earlier than previously thought.

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Much Ado About Lenin

The reopening of Lenin’s Tomb has reignited debate over the ultimate fate of the founder of the Soviet Union.

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Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Seventy years after its defeat, find out more about the largest, armed Jewish resistance movement of World War II.

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Brood II: Return of the Cicada

Brood II is no horror movie sequel. It’s one of nature’s greatest spectacles, coming to the East Coast this month.

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Hanging Gardens Existed, but not in Babylon

An Oxford researcher says she has found evidence of the elusive Hanging Gardens of Babylon—but 300 miles from Babylon.

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Green-Wood Cemetery: A Victorian-Era Icon Turns 175

One of America’s first “rural” cemeteries has been welcoming New Yorkers since 1838.

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Why the Founder of Mother’s Day Turned Against It

Anna Jarvis, who founded Mother’s Day in 1908, passionately opposed its growing commercialization and eventually campaigned against the holiday.

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One World Trade Center Reaches Historic Heights

As its record-topping spire is installed, find out more about the building that has already become a New York icon.

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Chemist Solves Lincoln Funeral Train Mystery

An Arizona chemist has solved a historical mystery by determining the color of the railroad car that transported Abraham Lincoln’s body almost 150 years ago.

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Remembering V-E Day

As we commemorate its 68th anniversary, check out some surprising facts about how the world reacted to Victory in Europe.

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Do You Speak Ice Age?

Researchers may have traced hundreds of disparate languages to one Ice Age mother tongue.

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History’s Most Famous Literary Hoaxes

Thirty years after the Hitler Diaries were exposed as a fraud, here’s a look back at some of history’s other famous fictions.

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The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Black Jockeys

As Kevin Krigger seeks to become the first black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby since 1902, learn about the African-American riders who once ruled the race.