History In The Headlines

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Iceman Frozen for Millennia Had Lyme Disease, Clogged Arteries & Sardinian Relatives

DNA sequencing has shed light on the Tyrolean iceman’s ancestry and health.

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Wilt Chamberlain’s Epic Evening

Fifty years ago today, basketball Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain achieved one of the most incredible feats in sports history: scoring 100 points in a single NBA game.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Dr. Seuss

In honor of Theodore Geisel’s birthday, here are some facts you may not know about the author of “The Cat in the Hat.”

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All About Leap Day

Find out more about the intriguing history of leap year, as well as some fun facts and famous people with leap day birthdays.

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Giant Prehistoric Penguin Reconstructed

Researchers have reconstructed an extinct penguin that might have been the tallest in history.

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Drought May Have Spelled End for Maya

Mexican and British researchers have uncovered a possible reason for the mysterious collapse of one of the Western Hemisphere’s most advanced civilizations.

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Ancient Chinese Forest Found Buried By Volcano

Scientists in northern China are getting a rare glimpse into a prehistoric world, after discovering an ancient forest buried under a thick layer of volcanic ash near the Mongolian district of Wuda.

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Drawing By 10-Year-Old George Washington Found?

If genuine, a sketch of a sailboat would be the earliest known document produced by George Washington.

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Organ Transplants: A Brief History

As news breaks of the longest organ transplant chain to date, explore the history of these potentially lifesaving procedures.

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Five Presidents’ Rocky Roads to the White House

This Presidents’ Day, check out the obstacles that five of our commanders-in-chief overcame on their way to the Oval Office.

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7 Things You May Not Know About John Glenn and Friendship 7

On the 50th anniversary of this historic space flight, here are some facts you might not know about the first American to orbit the Earth.

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Major Milestones in U.S.-China Relations

A look back at some pivotal moments in the complicated relationship between these two nations.

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All the Presidents’ Birthdays

In honor of Presidents’ Day, here’s a look at some unusual ways the commanders-in-chief have spent their special day.