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Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor: 6 Surprising Facts

Discover six things you may not know about the Medal of Honor, which was signed into law 150 years ago, and its recipients.

U.S. Invasion of Canada

How U.S. Forces Failed to Conquer Canada 200 Years Ago

The United States’ invasion of Canada 200 years ago went awry from the start.

Skylab Crash

The Day Skylab Crashed to Earth: Facts About the First U.S. Space Station’s Re-Entry

On the anniversary of Skylab’s plunge to Earth on July 11, 1979, discover how the world celebrated, feared and commercialized the spectacular event.

Catherine the Great Facts

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Catherine the Great

Explore eight surprising facts about the famous Russian ruler, who ascended the throne 250 years ago.

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.

White House July 4th

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.

Wimbledon Facts

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.