History In The Headlines

Empire State Building

Empire State Building For Sale?

With the announcement of a $1 billion public stock offering, it will soon be possible to own a piece of one of the world’s most iconic buildings.

Romantic Gestures

7 Heartwarming Romantic Gestures

Your Valentine’s Day gift will inevitably pale in comparison to these legendary expressions of love.

Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln Portrait Revealed as Hoax

Just in time for the 203rd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, news broke of a hoax involving a well-known portrait of his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

Glienicke Brücke

Prisoner Exchanges Across the Bridge of Spies, From Powers to Shcharansky

Francis Gary Powers, one of several Cold War prisoners exchanged across Berlin’s Glienicke Brücke bridge, was released 50 years ago today.

Florence Green

Last World War I Veteran Dies at the Age of 110

Florence Green, the last known veteran of one of the greatest conflicts of the 20th century, died at a nursing home in Norfolk, England, on February 4 at the age of 110.

Charles Dickens

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Dickens

On the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, explore seven fascinating facts about the English novelist and his extraordinary life.

Beer and Civilization

Did Beer Spur the Rise of Agriculture and Politics?

The earliest farmers planted grains in order to brew beer for politically expedient feasts, according to a new study.

Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth Marks 60-Year Reign With Diamond Jubilee

As Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, find out which other British monarchs attained or nearly reached this milestone.

Super Bowl Name

Super Bowl Owes Its Name to a Bouncy Ball

Professional football’s championship game owes its name to an unlikely source: the ultra-bouncy balls that entranced American children in the 1960s and 1970s.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day: History and Facts

Explore Groundhog Day’s shadowy history as well as interesting facts about the custom.

Mona Lisa Copy

Mona Lisa’s Long-Lost Twin Turns Up in Spain

A “Mona Lisa” replica at the Prado in Madrid was probably painted alongside the original by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s apprentices.

Little Ice Age

Little Ice Age, Big Consequences

Explore some of the numerous events scholars have linked to the Little Ice Age, which new research suggests was caused by volcanic eruptions.

Horse Domestication

Horse Domestication Happened Across Eurasia, Study Shows

A new DNA study suggests that different groups of people independently tamed horses starting 10,000 years ago.