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Golden Ornaments Decorate Tomb of Ming Dynasty Duchess

A five-century-old tomb found underneath a construction site in Nanjing, China, was the final resting place of a Ming Dynasty duchess.

A mockup of the a $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman. (Credit: Women on 20s)

Should Harriet Tubman Replace Jackson on the $20 Bill?

A grassroots campaign to put a woman from American history on the $20 has announced the results of an online poll to choose its desired candidate.

X-ray revealing a skeleton inside an Ancient Egyptian cat mummy. (Credit: Manchester Museum/University of Manchester)

Scientists Reveal Inside Story of Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies

British scientists have uncovered a secret at the heart of ancient Egypt’s large cache of animal mummies—many of them contain no animal remains at all.

A postwar portrait of Jefferson Davis.

10 Things You May Not Know About Jefferson Davis

On the 150th anniversary of the capture of Jefferson Davis by Union forces, explore 10 surprising facts about the Confederate president.

Crowds take to the streets in New York City to celebrate. (Credit: Corbis)

V-E Day Around the World

On the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, we take a look back at how five different countries greeted the end of World War II in Europe.

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The Rise and Fall of Smallpox

Thirty-five years after smallpox was declared eradicated, look back at the history of the pernicious disease.

The ingot was found near Ste. Marie, Madagascar. (Credit: Rob Sixsmith/HISTORY)

Has Captain Kidd’s Treasure Been Found?

The stunning discovery off the coast of Madagascar could help solve the mystery surrounding one of history’s most infamous pirates.

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The Sinking of RMS Lusitania, 100 Years Ago

On the centennial of its demise, learn more about the ill-fated British ocean liner.

A Japanese balloon bomb recovered near Milton, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1945. (Credit: Canadian Press File Photo)

Attack of Japan’s Killer WWII Balloons, 70 Years Ago

Japan’s bizarre WWII plan to bomb the continental U.S. by high-altitude balloons claimed its first and only victims, an Oregon church group, 70 years ago.

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The Allies’ Mission of Mercy, 70 Years Ago

Seventy years ago, Allied aircraft embarked on a risky mission to drop food, not bombs, onto Nazi-occupied portions of the Netherlands.

A U-2 reconnaissance plane in flight. (Credit: Greg Mathieson/Mai/Mai/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Remembering the U-2 Spy Plane Incident

Fifty-five years ago, one of the most notorious chapters in the Cold War began after American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down and captured during a spying mission over the Soviet Union.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Captain James Cook

Two hundred forty-five years after he landed in Australia, learn 10 surprising facts about the explorer who vowed to sail “as far as I think it possible for man to go.”

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Mussolini’s Final Hours, 70 Years Ago

On the 70th anniversary of Benito Mussolini’s execution, read about the Italian dictator’s final days and his body’s strange journey in the years after.