History In The Headlines

Flag Day

A Flag Day History of the Stars and Stripes

In honor of Flag Day this Thursday, discover how the Stars and Stripes came into existence.

Bray School

Archaeologists Seek Evidence of Oldest Black School

A building in Williamsburg, Virginia, might be the oldest existing structure associated with black education in the United States.

Annie Oakley Gun

Annie Oakley’s Gun Sells at Auction

The shotgun Annie Oakley may have used while performing for Queen Victoria has fetched $143,400.

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Horse Racing’s Triple Crown: 10 Fast Facts

As I’ll Have Another drops out of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, it will be at least another year before a horse can finally win American racing’s ultimate prize.

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The Biggest Losers: Dinosaurs Slim Down With Lasers

New research shows that dinosaurs weighed significantly less than previous estimates.

Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee

As the United Kingdom celebrates the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, take a look back at the country’s last Diamond Jubilee—Queen Victoria’s in 1897.

Akutan Zero

The Akutan Zero: How a Captured Japanese Fighter Plane Helped Win World War II

While the Battle of Midway raged, Allied fighters in the Aleutian Islands quietly captured a Japanese fighter plane that helped them win World War II.

Queen Elizabeth II

8 Things You May Not Know About Queen Elizabeth II

As the United Kingdom celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, explore the extraordinary life and 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Bloodletting

A Brief History of Bloodletting

As researchers announce that bloodletting might have some benefits after all, find out more about this ancient treatment’s long history.

Hatfields & McCoys

7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Hatfields and McCoys

Check out seven facts about the legendary 19th-century feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery: 8 Surprising Facts

Explore eight surprising facts about Arlington National Cemetery, which has been the focal point of national Memorial Day commemorations since 1868.

Golden Gate Bridge

6 Things You May Not Know About the Golden Gate Bridge

As San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge celebrates its 75th birthday, explore six surprising facts about this modern marvel of engineering.

Union Fire Company

Roster From Ben Franklin’s Fire Department Found

Benjamin Franklin’s name appears on a newly discovered list of members of the Union Fire Department, which he founded in 1736.