History In The Headlines

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Opens in Washington, D.C.: Photos

Check out images of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, which was unveiled this week on the National Mall.

Lager

Lager: Patagonian for Beer?

Lager was born when a South American yeast species arrived in Bavaria in the 15th century, says a new study.

Mona Lisa

10 Famous Art Heists: Slideshow

Find out about the 1911 Mona Lisa theft, which took place 100 years ago Sunday, and other sensational art capers.

Hatshepsut

Did Skin Cream Kill Egypt’s Queen Hatshepsut?

The female pharaoh Hatshepsut might have accidentally poisoned herself with a carcinogenic skin treatment, according to a new study.

Rat

Can We Stop Blaming Rats for the Black Death?

A new study suggests that humans, not vermin, spread the Black Death, and that the disease may not have been bubonic plague after all.

Albert Brown

Albert Brown, Oldest U.S. Survivor of Bataan March, Dies at 105

Told he wouldn’t live past 50, the oldest known American survivor of the brutal Bataan Death March during World War II, died Sunday at 105.

Hercules Statue

Headless Hercules Unearthed in Israel

A rare second-century statue of the Greco-Roman hero Hercules was discovered in northern Israel, officials reported yesterday.

Elvis Presley

People Rumored to Have Survived Their Deaths: Slideshow

As historians claim that Butch Cassidy lived to a ripe old age, find out about other historical figures rumored to have survived long after their supposed deaths.

Gladiators

Corrupt Roman Gladiators Busted by Cops

Undercover police clad in gladiator garb cracked down Wednesday on mock warriors who pose for tourist photos and have been accused of fraud.

Berlin Wall

Reflecting on the Berlin Wall, 50 Years After Its Construction

An expert on the Berlin Wall answers questions about its history as the 50th anniversary of its construction approaches.

London Riots

Panic on the Streets of London: A History

As the riots in London spread to other cities, find out about other waves of unrest that have rocked the UK capital.

Nancy Wake

World War II Resistance Heroine, Savior of Thousands, Dies at 98

Nancy Wake, who fled Australia to see the world at 16, ended up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list for her leading role in the French resistance.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs: Learning New Tricks for Centuries

In honor of International Assistance Dog Week, we examine the history of canine companions’ role in helping people overcome disabilities.