History In The Headlines

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.

Hindenburg

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.

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Killer Fish Rebellatrix Not Your Typical Coelacanth

Rebellatrix, a new member of the “living fossil” coelacanth group, shows a different side of these ancient (but not extinct) fish.

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The Renegade Roots of Hollywood Studios

Film studios Universal and Paramount started 100 years ago as insurgent “indies” challenging Thomas Edison’s powerful cartel.

White House Correspondents’ Dinner

History of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

On the eve of the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, find out more about the origins and evolution of the annual event.

Migrants Brought Farming to Europe

Migrants Brought Farming to Europe, Ancient DNA Suggests

Agriculture spread as farming groups moved northward from the Near East and throughout Europe, researchers have found.

Guillotine

The Guillotine’s First Cut

Nicolas-Jacques Pelletier became the first of thousands to be executed by the guillotine 220 years ago today.

Spanish-American War

6 Things You May Not Know About the Spanish-American War

Did you know that the Rough Riders didn’t really ride and that Guam’s capture was surprisingly peaceful?

1962 World's Fair

50th Anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair: Slideshow

Check out images from the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle, which opened 50 years ago today.

Fenway Park

8 Surprising Fenway Park Events

On the 100th anniversary of the first Major League Baseball game at Fenway Park, explore eight surprising dates from the stadium’s hidden history.