History In The Headlines

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.

Square Dancing

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.

Synesthesia

Seeing Sounds, Hearing Colors: Good for Survival?

Why have the genes behind synesthesia, a condition with a higher incidence among artists, survived throughout human history?

Jawbone Development

For Perfect Teeth, Start Hunting and Gathering

The shift from a hunter-gatherer to agriculture-based lifestyle might be responsible for some dental problems, research suggests.

Maba Cranium

Was Victim of Earliest Known Human-on-Human Attack Saved By Compassion?

The earliest known case of interpersonal violence left one man with a traumatic head injury 126,000 years ago, a study suggests.

Louis Daguerre

Louis Daguerre, Photo Pioneer Honored By Google: Interesting Facts

Explore the life of Louis Daguerre, whose birthday is celebrated in today’s Google Doodle.

White House

A History of White House Attacks

Last week’s White House shooting wasn’t the first time the executive mansion has come under fire.

Kiln at Selinunte

An Ancient Greek SoHo?

Artisans in the Greek colony of Selinunte lived and worked in a special quarter on the city’s outskirts, researchers announced this week.

Mars

40 Years Ago: Mars Exploration Milestone Reached

On November 14, 1971, NASA’s Mariner 9 reached Mars, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.