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War of 1812

10 Things You May Not Know About the War of 1812

On the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812, explore 10 surprising facts about the conflict.

Watergate

Watergate: Where Are They Now?

Forty years after burglars were arrested at the Watergate complex, find out what happened to key players in the ensuing scandal.

Niagara Falls

A Daredevil History of Niagara Falls

As Nik Wallenda attempts to cross the gorge on a tightrope, explore the history of Niagara Falls and the daring stunts it has witnessed.

Neanderthal Cave Art

Did Neanderthals Create World’s Oldest Cave Paintings?

Not only were Neanderthals smarter than experts once thought, they may have beat modern humans to cave art creation.

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.