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Facts About the Bill of Rights on Its 220th Anniversary

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known collectively as the Bill of Rights, became law on December 15, 1791.

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Offerings Discovered at Base of Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Sun

A trove of ceremonial offerings has been discovered under Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Sun, archaeologists announced Tuesday.

African Meeting House

African Meeting House, Oldest U.S. Black Church, Reopens After Restoration

Boston’s African Meeting House reopened last week after undergoing a meticulous restoration that returned the structure to its 19th-century appearance.

Europe

European Unions Throughout History

As a financial crisis destabilizes the European Union, explore past attempts to unify the continent.

Ancient Bedding

World’s Oldest Known Beds Repelled Bugs

Just because our Stone Age predecessors lived in caves doesn’t mean they couldn’t appreciate soft, comfortable bedding 77,000 years ago.

Anomalocaris

First Super Predator Was a Hawk-Eyed Shrimp, Study Shows

Anomalocaris, which ruled the oceans 500 million years ago, boasted some of the sharpest and largest eyes in history, research suggests.

Pearl Harbor

5 Facts About Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of this “date which will live in infamy,” explore little-known facts about the attack.

Presidential Aging

Do U.S. Presidents Age Faster While in Office?

A human longevity expert assessed the longstanding theory that the stresses of the job make American presidents age more quickly.

London

17th-Century Londoners Died of Fright, Itch and Grief

A treatise by the pioneering statistician John Graunt, now on display at London’s Royal Society, provides a glimpse at life and death in the 1600s.

Maya

Mayans Never Predicted December 2012 Apocalypse, Researchers Say

One of history’s most famous doomsday predictions might rely on a faulty translation of an ancient Mayan tablet.

Famous Spies

10 Spies Who Aren’t Household Names

Explore the lives of 10 daring and intriguing covert agents you might not have read about in history books.

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Square Dancing: A Swinging History

This Square Dance Day, explore the evolution of a lively tradition with European roots and a distinctly American flavor.

Dog Origins

Is East Asia the Kennel of Dog Civilization?

Wolves evolved into man’s best friend south of the Yangtze River in what is now China, according to a new study.