History In The Headlines

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Fireworks’ Vibrant History

Find out about the history of fireworks, which will light up the skies across America this Independence Day.

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Cleaning of Alamo Reveals Historic Graffiti

Graffiti discovered at the Alamo earlier this month may be the oldest ever found at the site and could help shed light on its enigmatic past.

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Slideshow: Orbit-Clogging Space Junk

Astronauts evacuated the International Space Station on Tuesday during a close encounter with space debris, part of the swirl of trash circling the planet.

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A Wise Man’s Cure: Frankincense and Myrrh

Once considered priceless, the ancient remedies frankincense and myrrh are drawing new attention from medical researchers.

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Dino Temperature Puzzle: Scientists Get Warmer

Large dinosaurs had warm blood but were not necessarily warm-blooded, according to an innovative new study.

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Famous Gangster Informants in U.S. History

Find out about famous gangsters who became informants for the U.S. government, including the recently captured Whitey Bulger.

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Earliest American Art Found in Florida?

A Florida fossil hunter may have found the earliest example of American art: a 13,000-year-old bone with an engraving of a mammoth or mastodon.

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Gladiator Cries Foul Over Ref’s Blown Call From the Grave

Did a referee’s blown call cost a Roman gladiator his life some 1,800 years ago?

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Hammocks’ Rocking History

Hammocks, which new research has shown to help people sleep more quickly and deeply, have a long and rich history that goes back 1,000 years.

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Slideshow: History’s Best and Worst Dads

This Father’s Day, we bring you five men who exemplify some of history’s finest parenting—along with five others you’ll be glad you never had to call Dad.

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Eating As the Romans Ate

Residents of Herculaneum, a Roman city destroyed in 79 A.D., ate such delicacies as sea urchins, figs and dormice, according to a recent analysis of a sewer found on the site.

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A Taste of Lobster History

In honor of National Lobster Day, check out these shell-shocking facts about one of America’s most beloved crustaceans.

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95 Years of Flag Day

Celebrate 95 years of Flag Day with fun and surprising facts about the American flag and how to display it.