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Bloodletting

A Brief History of Bloodletting

As researchers announce that bloodletting might have some benefits after all, find out more about this ancient treatment’s long history.

Hatfields & McCoys

7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Hatfields and McCoys

Check out seven facts about the legendary 19th-century feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery: 8 Surprising Facts

Explore eight surprising facts about Arlington National Cemetery, which has been the focal point of national Memorial Day commemorations since 1868.

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.

Union Fire Company

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.

Abri Castanet

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.