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- The Capture of the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapper, 80 Years Ago
- The History Behind the Scottish Independence Vote
- Amphipolis Tomb May Belong to Alexander the Great’s Mother
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- Ship From Doomed Arctic Expedition Found After 170 Years
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On this day in 1985, actor Rock Hudson, 59, becomes the first major U.S. celebrity to die of complications from AIDS. Hudson's death raised public awarenes…
Forty years ago, New York awoke to find Philippe Petit walking on a wire between the 110-story Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
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Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and supposedly delivered one of history’s most iconic orders 150 years ago.
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Danish archeologists have found evidence that the bodies of a vanquished Iron Age army were ritualistically desecrated as part of a grisly religious sacrifice
Using tree rings, scientists have identified the origins of a wooden ship unearthed at the former World Trade Center site in Manhattan four years ago.
Newly released love letters between Warren G. Harding and his longtime mistress reveal a surprising side of the 29th president.
On the 85th anniversary of her birth, learn 10 surprising facts about the life and work of one of America’s most iconic first ladies.
New discoveries at an ancient fort in County Durham offer an 1,800-year-old glimpse into daily life in Roman Britain.
Using the Kepler telescope, astronomers have found an orbiting body with the longest year—704 days—of any transiting exoplanet yet discovered.
In two new studies, scientists analyzed teeth extracted from ancient skeletons in order to learn more about one of our most enduring health problems: cavities.
On the 120th anniversary of the world’s first organized auto race, take a look back at the quirky history of early motoring.
Ongoing research on two 2,000-year-old corpses preserved in the peat bogs of Denmark reveals that they both traveled from elsewhere before their deaths.