History In The Headlines

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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.

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10 Things You May Not Know About London’s Underground

On the 150th anniversary of its first ride, explore 10 facts about the world’s first underground railway.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Richard Nixon

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Nixon, explore 10 surprising facts about America’s 37th president.

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A First Lady Brings a French Icon to American Shores

Fifty years after one of history’s most famous art exhibits, find out how two enigmatic women—Jackie Kennedy and the Mona Lisa—came together to captivate the nation.