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First America Map

Copy of First Map to Name America Found

A previously unknown copy of the map credited with popularizing the name “America” has turned up in a university library in Munich.

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9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence

As people across the United States celebrate the nation’s birthday, explore nine surprising facts about the founding document adopted on July 4, 1776.

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Independence Day at the White House: 5 Fourth of July Tales

On the eve of Independence Day, get into the holiday spirit with five entertaining tales about Fourth of July celebrations at the White House.

Amelia Earhart Disappearance

What Happened to Amelia?: 9 Tantalizing Theories About the Earhart Disappearance

On the 75th anniversary of her disappearance, explore theories about Amelia Earhart’s final days—some more plausible than others.

The First Great American Road Trip

The First Great American Road Trip

As millions of Americans hit the road for the holiday, take a look back at the first cross-country road trip in 1903.

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Amelia Earhart’s Navigator: The Life and Loss of Fred Noonan

Forever remembered as “Amelia Earhart’s navigator,” Fred Noonan disappeared with the famous aviator 75 years ago on July 2, 1937.

Tartar on the teeth of an Australopithecus sediba specimen. (Credit: Amanda Henry)

Human Ancestor Ate Leaves, Wood and Bark

Unlike other human ancestors, Australopithecus sediba foraged for tough, hard items like leaves, wood and bark, new research suggests.

Emancipation Proclamation Auction

Emancipation Proclamation Copy Signed by Lincoln for Sale

Bidders can take home a rare piece of history on Tuesday when a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln goes up for auction.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Wimbledon

As play begins at Wimbledon 2012, explore nine surprising facts about the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament.

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Wreck of Civil War Gunboat Gets a New Home

On Saturday, after a turbulent 150 years, the Confederate ironclad CSS Neuse will be moved indoors into a new facility.

Napoleon Invasion of Russia

Napoleon’s Disastrous Invasion of Russia, 200 Years Ago

Trace Napoleon’s route through Russia on the 200th anniversary of his disastrous invasion.

Historic Handshakes

8 Historic Handshakes

As people around the globe celebrate World Handshake Day, explore eight of history’s most famous handshakes.

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Q&A With David Talbot, Author of ‘Season of the Witch’

Find out about David Talbot’s new book, which focuses on San Francisco between 1967 and 1982, and enter for a chance to win a copy.