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British Police Warn “Nighthawks” to Stay Away From Hadrian’s Wall

Authorities say “nighthawking,” or illegal metal detecting, near the ancient Roman fortification known as Hadrian’s Wall is destroying Britain’s national heritage.

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A Brief History of Presidential Drinking

On Presidents’ Day, explore the boozy history of America’s chief executives with the author of a new book on presidential vices.

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The Lincoln Memorial’s Bizarre Rejected Designs

On Lincoln’s Birthday, look back at some of the bizarre alternate designs, including an Egyptian pyramid, proposed for the Lincoln Memorial.

Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie upon his release from Victor Verster prison on February 11, 1990 (Credit: Allan Tannenbaum/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Mandela Becomes a Free Man, 25 Years Ago

On the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, learn how South Africa’s famous anti-apartheid campaigner finally became a free man.

USS Arizona survivor, retired Lieutenant Commander Joseph Langdell at the 65th anniversary commemorations at Pearl Harbor, 2006. (Credit: U.S. Department of Defense)

Oldest Surviving USS Arizona Crewman Dies at 100

Joe Langdell, the oldest surviving crewman assigned to USS Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, died last week at age 100.

Detailed view of an original Magna Carta copy from Lincoln Cathedral (Credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Magna Carta Worth $15 Million Found in Archived Scrapbook

For more than a century, an original edition of the Magna Carta lay forgotten in a Victorian-era scrapbook in the archives of the British coastal town of Sandwich.

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Notes by Alan Turing’s Team Found in the Walls of Code-Breaking Hut

Papers used by Alan Turing’s cryptologists for their World War II-era work breaking the “Enigma” code have been found being used to line the roof of a drafty hut at Britain’s Bletchley Park.

Speaker John Boehner presents the Congressional Gold Medal to American Eugene Gutierrez and Canadian Charles Mann, members of the 1st Special Service Force. (Credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

WWII “Devil’s Brigade” Honored by Congress

The elite WWII commando unit nicknamed the “Devil’s Brigade” has received the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor.

2013 Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Groundhog Was Once on Punxsutawney’s Menu

More than a century ago, Punxsutawney residents relied on groundhogs for more than just weather forecasts. They ate them as well.

The 13th Amendment, bearing Lincoln's signature (Credit: National Archives)

Congress Passes 13th Amendment, 150 Years Ago

Look back 150 years ago when Congress approved the 13th Amendment, which officially abolished slavery in the United States.

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Winston Churchill’s Funeral, 50 Years Ago

Fifty years after Great Britain said farewell to Winston Churchill, look back at the largest state funeral the world had ever seen up to that point in time.

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The Bizarre History of the NFL’s First Title Game

As Super Bowl XLIX approaches, look back at the NFL’s strange first championship game, played indoors on a 60-yard field squeezed into a hockey rink.

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Andrew Jackson Dodges an Assassination Attempt, 180 Years Ago

On the 180th anniversary of the first assassination attempt against a U.S. president, learn how Andrew Jackson miraculously escaped death at the hands of a crazed gunman.