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Diamond Heists

5 Giant Diamond Heists

As police investigate Monday’s diamond theft in Brussels, find out about five other major jewel heists of recent years.

Tunguska

The Last Time a Meteor Rocked Russia

Last Friday’s meteor blast recalled the memory of an even more powerful space rock explosion over Siberia: the mysterious 1908 Tunguska event.

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The 24-Hour President

As America celebrates Presidents’ Day, learn more about the man whose gravestone reads “President of the United States for One Day.”

St. Valentine

6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine

Who was St. Valentine, and why do we celebrate him on February 14? In honor of Valentine’s Day, get the facts about this enigmatic character.

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Asteroid Set For a Close Encounter With Earth

An asteroid measuring about 150 feet across will make a historically close approach to Earth on February 15.

Fat-Tuesday

9 Things You May Not Know About Mardi Gras

As Mardi Gras bacchanalia break out in New Orleans and elsewhere, get the facts about this raucous affair.

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A History of Papal Resignations

In the wake of today’s announcement by Benedict XVI, find out more about four other popes who abdicated their position as head of the Catholic Church.

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8 Things You Should Know About Chinese New Year

Usher in the Year of the Snake with a detailed look at Chinese New Year.

Winston Churchill

A New Find Offers a Rare Glimpse Into the Literary Mind of Winston Churchill

The British prime minister was also an accomplished author who published more than 40 books.

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Neither Snow nor Rain nor Heat nor Gloom of Night Can Stop the U.S. Postal Service, but Saturdays Soon Will

Following yesterday’s decision to end Saturday mail delivery, find out more about the long history of the U.S. Postal Service.

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Did Neanderthals Die Out Much Earlier Than We Thought?

A new study has cast doubt on a popular theory that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals once co-existed in Europe.

Richard III

Parking Lot Remains Confirmed to Belong to Richard III

DNA testing has confirmed that the remains found last fall under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester are those of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Rosa Parks

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks, explore 10 surprising facts about the civil rights activist.