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Golden Gate Bridge

6 Things You May Not Know About the Golden Gate Bridge

As San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge celebrates its 75th birthday, explore six surprising facts about this modern marvel of engineering.

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Roster From Ben Franklin’s Fire Department Found

Benjamin Franklin’s name appears on a newly discovered list of members of the Union Fire Department, which he founded in 1736.

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9 Tales of Broken Arrows: Thermonuclear Near Misses Throughout History

Find out about the nuclear weapon that detonated in Albuquerque 55 years ago, as well as eight other “broken arrow” incidents over the decades.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart’s Historic Landing, 80 Years Ago

Five years after Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic solo flight, Amelia Earhart became the second person and first woman to accomplish the feat.

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‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ Turns 50

Marilyn Monroe serenaded John F. Kennedy 50 years ago with a sultry version of “Happy Birthday.”

Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay’s Surprising Origins

The ritual of the Olympic torch relay originated not in ancient Greece, but in Nazi Germany.

Dinosaur Arthritis

Arthritisaurus: Did Elderly Dinos Get Inflamed Joints?

Research suggests the marine reptiles known as pliosaurs got arthritis, and their dinosaur contemporaries might also have suffered from the condition.

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Prehistoric French Artistes Painted Earliest Wall Art

Located in southwest France, a collapsed rock shelter might contain the oldest wall art ever discovered, a new study suggests.

Spencer Perceval

Murder in Parliament, 200 Years Ago

Two hundred years ago, an assassin gunned down British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval inside the hallowed halls of Parliament.

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Oldest Known Mayan Calendar Debunks December 2012 Myth

Archaeologists at Xultún, a Maya site in Guatemala, have discovered walls with paintings and writing, including calculations related to the Maya calendar.

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Perforated Skulls From Middle Ages Found in Spain

Two skulls belonging to individuals who underwent the ancient form of surgery known as trepanation have been unearthed in Spain.

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The Hindenburg Disaster: 9 Surprising Facts

On the 75th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster, explore nine surprising facts about the massive German airship and its fiery demise.

Cinco de Mayo

7 Things You May Not Know About Cinco de Mayo

Get the story behind the Cinco de Mayo holiday as the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla approaches.