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A five-century-old tomb found underneath a construction site in Nanjing, China, was the final resting place of a Ming Dynasty duchess.
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.
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.
On the 150th anniversary of the capture of Jefferson Davis by Union forces, explore 10 surprising facts about the Confederate president.
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.
Thirty-five years after smallpox was declared eradicated, look back at the history of the pernicious disease.
The stunning discovery off the coast of Madagascar could help solve the mystery surrounding one of history’s most infamous pirates.
On the centennial of its demise, learn more about the ill-fated British ocean liner.
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.
Seventy years ago, Allied aircraft embarked on a risky mission to drop food, not bombs, onto Nazi-occupied portions of the Netherlands.
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.
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.”
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.