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10 Things You Should Know About the Appalachian Trail

On the 90th anniversary of its birth, get the facts on America’s most famous long-distance footpath.

The cast of "The Sound of Music" at the film's 1965 premiere. (Credit: Bruce Bailey/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Real History Behind “The Sound of Music”

On the 50th anniversary of the premier of “The Sound of Music,” explore the true history behind one of the most popular films of all time.

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Historian Seeks Death Certificate to End Billy the Kid Rumors

An historian fed up with doubts about Billy the Kid’s demise has petitioned a New Mexico court to create a death certificate for the famous outlaw.

Remains found at the Khonkho Wankane site. (Credit: Scott C. Smith)

Ancient Mortuary That Boiled, Defleshed Corpses Unearthed

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient mortuary complex used to ritually strip human corpses of their flesh near Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca.

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Scientists Blame Gerbils (Not Rats) for the Black Death

A new study clears the black rat of spreading the infamous Black Death from Asia across medieval Europe, and identifies gerbils as a more likely culprit.

The Buddha alongside an image from an earlier CT scan. (Credit: Drents Museum)

CT Scan Reveals Mummified Monk Inside Ancient Buddha Statue

A medical examination of a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue has revealed a shocking surprise hidden inside.

A copy of the Gutenberg Bible in the collection of the New York Public Library

7 Things You May Not Know About the Gutenberg Bible

On the 560th anniversary of its publication, explore seven fascinating facts about one of the rarest and most influential books in world history.

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7 Things You May Not Know About Malcolm X

On the 50th anniversary of his death, get the facts on the outspoken black nationalist.

Souvenir booklet for the 1915 World's Fair

10 Top Draws of San Francisco’s 1915 World’s Fair

On the centennial of the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco, take a virtual tour through some of its most popular—and most unusual—attractions.

Team USA celebrates their 4-3 victory of the Soviet Union on February 22, 1980. (Credit: Steve Powell/Getty Images)

The Miracle on Ice, 35 Years Ago

Thirty-five years after the U.S. hockey team pulled off their ‘miracle’ win over the Soviet Union, learn the story behind one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history.

The Marine Corps War Memorial, or Iwo Jima Memorial, in Arlington, Virginia. (Credit: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Battle of Iwo Jima Begins, 70 Years Ago

Seventy years after U.S. Marines began the invasion of Iwo Jima, take a look back at one of the most hard-fought battles of World War II.

Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, high priest of the Asatru Association, leads a 2102 procession near Reykjavik, Iceland. (Credit: STRINGER/Reuters/Corbis)

First Viking Temple in 1,000 Years Coming to Iceland

For the first time in a millennium, Iceland will have a shrine honoring the ancient Norse gods once worshipped by the Vikings.

Students excavate remains buried at Badia Pozzeveri cemetery. (Credit: Ohio State University)

Scientists Seek Cholera DNA in Tuscan Cemetery

A team of researchers hopes a church graveyard in the Italian town of Badia Pozzeveri will yield a breakthrough in efforts to understand a deadly disease.