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Grand Central Terminal: An American Icon Turns 100

As we celebrate its centennial, here are 10 things you should know about this New York landmark.

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Beyond Punxsutawney: Meet the Other Groundhogs

This Groundhog Day, peek inside the lifestyles of some lesser-known groundhog prognosticators across the United States and Canada.

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6 Things You Might Not Know About Gandhi

On the 65th anniversary of the iconic Indian leader’s assassination, find out more about this life and legacy.

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Mali Rebels Burn Historic Manuscripts in Timbuktu

Islamist rebels fleeing the arrival of French troops in Timbuktu set fire to a priceless cache of historic manuscripts, some dating as far back as the 12th century.

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Languages Under Siege

After being spoken for 3,000 years, Aramaic, the language of Jesus, could soon be extinct.

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The Mother of All Catalogs Ceases Publication, 10 Years Ago

Ten years after its last issue hit mailboxes, take a look back at the history of the Sears catalog.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the California Gold Rush

On the 165th anniversary of the discovery at Sutter’s Mill, check out 8 facts you may not know about the California Gold Rush.

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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.