History In The Headlines

Telstar

The Birth of Satellite TV, 50 Years Ago

On the 50th anniversary of the first live transatlantic television feed beamed by Telstar, revisit the historic broadcast of July 23, 1962.

First U.S. Olympic Team

Remembering the First U.S. Olympic Team

Author Jim Reisler answers questions about America’s first Olympic team, the subject of his recent book.

Neanderthal Arms

Big Neanderthal Arms Caused by Making Clothes, Study Suggests

Scraping animal hides, not hunting with spears, may have produced Neanderthals’ humerus asymmetry.

Army Sacrifice

Entire Army Sacrificed in Denmark Returns to the Surface

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of more than 200 warriors who were thrown into a Danish lake some 2,000 years ago.

Bonnie and Clyde Guns

Guns Found on Outlaws Bonnie and Clyde for Sale

Nearly 80 years after the bloody shootout that killed the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, their handguns are being put up for auction.

Automat

The Automat: Birth of a Fast Food Nation

A century after Horn & Hardart opened its first Automat in New York City, take a look back at America’s first fast food chain.

Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor: 6 Surprising Facts

Discover six things you may not know about the Medal of Honor, which was signed into law 150 years ago, and its recipients.

U.S. Invasion of Canada

How U.S. Forces Failed to Conquer Canada 200 Years Ago

The United States’ invasion of Canada 200 years ago went awry from the start.

Skylab Crash

The Day Skylab Crashed to Earth: Facts About the First U.S. Space Station’s Re-Entry

On the anniversary of Skylab’s plunge to Earth on July 11, 1979, discover how the world celebrated, feared and commercialized the spectacular event.

Catherine the Great Facts

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Catherine the Great

Explore eight surprising facts about the famous Russian ruler, who ascended the throne 250 years ago.

First America Map

Copy of First Map to Name America Found

A previously unknown copy of the map credited with popularizing the name “America” has turned up in a university library in Munich.

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9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence

As people across the United States celebrate the nation’s birthday, explore nine surprising facts about the founding document adopted on July 4, 1776.

White House July 4th

Independence Day at the White House: 5 Fourth of July Tales

On the eve of Independence Day, get into the holiday spirit with five entertaining tales about Fourth of July celebrations at the White House.