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Depiction of a witch trial by English painter William Powell Frith.

Before Salem, the First American Witch Hunt

Thirty years before the infamous Salem witch trials, a witch hunt hysteria swept through another colonial New England town.

Rudolf Anderson

The Cuban Missile Crisis Pilot Whose Death May Have Saved Millions

Fifty years ago, U-2 pilot Rudolf Anderson Jr. was shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His death may have saved the lives of millions.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Mussolini

Explore nine surprising about fascist dictator Benito Mussolini on the 90th anniversary of his rise to power.

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Family Tradition: Did Lizzie Borden’s Ancestor Kill His Mother Too?

Some 219 years before she was accused of killing her parents, Lizzie Borden’s ancestor Thomas Cornell hanged for his mother’s murder.

The New York Yankees celebrate after winning their 27th World Series in 2009. (Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

6 Things You May Not Know About the World Series

As the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers get ready to square off in the 108th World Series, explore six surprising facts about the Fall Classic.

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FDR Memorial Opens in New York

Almost 40 years after it was first proposed, this week marked the opening of Four Freedoms Park, a new memorial honoring Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Moon Created by Giant Collision, Studies Confirm

Three new studies lend support to the theory that Earth’s satellite emerged from a fiery planetary smashup.

Cuban Missile Crisis

10 Things You May Not Know About the Cuban Missile Crisis

On the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis, explore 10 surprising facts about the Cold War’s most dangerous moment.

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The President’s Speech, From First Draft to Delivery

C. Edwin Vilade discusses his new book “The President’s Speech,” which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of presidential addresses.

Theodore Roosevelt Assassination Attempt

Shot in the Chest 100 Years Ago, Teddy Roosevelt Kept on Talking

One hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt delivered a 90-minute speech moments after being shot in the chest.

Julius Caesar Assassination

Julius Caesar’s Stabbing Site Identified

Researchers think they’ve unearthed the very spot where conspiring senators assassinated Julius Caesar 2,056 years ago.

Pete Rose

Document Banning Pete Rose From Baseball Goes on Sale

The 1989 agreement that banned Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader, from the sport is being put up for auction.

Joe Kittinger

Joe Kittinger’s Death-Defying Leap From the Edge of Space

Over 50 years ago, Joe Kittinger rode a balloon 102,800 feet up to the edge of space. Then he jumped out.