History In The Headlines

Juan Ponce de León

The Myth of Ponce de León and the Fountain of Youth

On the 500th anniversary of his landing in Florida, find out how Ponce de León’s name became inextricably linked with the Fountain of Youth.

April Fools' Hoaxes

8 Zany April Fools’ Day Hoaxes

From spaghetti trees to a Nixon comeback, check out some of history’s most elaborate April Fools’ Day pranks.

First Family and Visiting Children Roll Eggs in 2009

The White House Easter Egg Roll Turns 135: Slideshow

Find out about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll and check out photos from its early years to today.

shroud-of-turin-age

Shroud of Turin Not a Medieval Forgery, According to New Book

A scientific analysis has yielded a new age for the Shroud of Turin, contradicting claims that the relic is a fake.

Mummification

Ancient Egyptian Mummification Practices Revisited by New Study

A new study casts doubt on ancient historians’ descriptions of the mummification process.

Great Flood

The Superstorm That Flooded America 100 Years Ago

On the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913, take a look back at the most widespread disaster in American history.

Gettysburg Address Facts

Seven Score and 10 Years Ago: The Gettysburg Address

As the speech’s 150th anniversary approaches, here’s a look at eight surprising facts about the Gettysburg Address.

Alcatraz Island

10 Things You May Not Know About Alcatraz

On the 50th anniversary of the closing of America’s most infamous prison, explore 10 surprising facts about Alcatraz.

March Madness

10 Things You May Not Know About March Madness

Get the facts on the history of March Madness, the single-elimination college basketball tournament that many consider the best event in sports.

Kublai Khan

5 Chinese Leaders You Should Know

As a new president takes power in China, get the facts on some of the country’s most influential past leaders.

George Washington St. Patrick's Day

George Washington’s Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day

When General George Washington needed to boost sagging patriot morale, he enlisted a rarely celebrated holiday—St. Patrick’s Day—to the cause.

Four-Winged Birds

Did Four-Winged Birds and Dinos Fly the Ancient Skies?

Researchers believe the very first birds inherited a four-wing configuration from their dinosaur ancestors.

Curiosity Rover

Ancient Mars Could Have Harbored Life, Rover Finds

An analysis of rock dust by the Curiosity rover suggests that life could once have thrived on the Red Planet.