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Leap of Faith: A WWII Story (Video)

This Memorial Day, HISTORY salutes Sergeant Hjalmar Johansson, who volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps at just 17 and spent six months in Nazi prison camps when his B-24 bomber was shot down on its first mission.

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9 Things You Should Know About the Wars of the Roses

Five hundred sixty years after it began, learn nine key facts about the bloody feud that permanently altered the course of British history.

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The First Shots of the Texas Revolution

A dispute over a small cannon in 1835 sparked the Texas Revolution and immortalized the battle cry “Come and Take It.”

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Did North Carolina Issue the First Declaration of Independence?

Two hundred forty years after a county in North Carolina supposedly announced its independence from Great Britain, take a look back at the murky history of 1775’s Mecklenburg Declaration.

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Remembering New England’s “Dark Day”

Two hundred thirty-five years after the daytime skies darkened over New England, learn how a mysterious weather phenomenon convinced many Americans that the end of days was at hand.

William Travis' 18365 "Victory or Death" letter. (Courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Travis Writes from the Alamo: “Victory or Death”

Surrounded by thousands of Mexican troops and facing near-certain death, Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis wrote what is considered to be one of history’s most heroic letters.

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Golden Ornaments Decorate Tomb of Ming Dynasty Duchess

A five-century-old tomb found underneath a construction site in Nanjing, China, was the final resting place of a Ming Dynasty duchess.

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Should Harriet Tubman Replace Jackson on the $20 Bill?

A grassroots campaign to put a woman from American history on the $20 has announced the results of an online poll to choose its desired candidate.

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Scientists Reveal Inside Story of Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies

British scientists have uncovered a secret at the heart of ancient Egypt’s large cache of animal mummies—many of them contain no animal remains at all.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Jefferson Davis

On the 150th anniversary of the capture of Jefferson Davis by Union forces, explore 10 surprising facts about the Confederate president.

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V-E Day Around the World

On the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, we take a look back at how five different countries greeted the end of World War II in Europe.

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The Rise and Fall of Smallpox

Thirty-five years after smallpox was declared eradicated, look back at the history of the pernicious disease.

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The Sinking of RMS Lusitania, 100 Years Ago

On the centennial of its demise, learn more about the ill-fated British ocean liner.