History In The Headlines

John Hancock

A Brief History of Penmanship on National Handwriting Day

Today is National Handwriting Day, a time for acknowledging the history and influence of penmanship.

Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen: 5 Fascinating Facts

Find out more about the distinguished all-black unit portrayed in the new movie “Red Tails.”

Ancient Popcorn

Popcorn Was Popular in Ancient Peru, Discovery Suggests

Nearly seven millennia before movie nights and microwaves, humans snacked on popcorn, according to a new study.

Jack the Ripper Autobiography

Jack the Ripper ‘Autobiography’ Hits Shelves

Written in the 1920s and rediscovered in 2008, memoirs supposedly written by the real Jack the Ripper were published today.

Medicinal Alcohol Prescription

Drink Some Whiskey, Call in the Morning: Doctors & Prohibition

During Prohibition, which took effect 93 years ago this week, many doctors boosted their practices by doling out medicinal alcohol.

William Wallace Letter

700-Year-Old William Wallace Letter Finally Reaches Scotland

A note of recommendation issued by King Philip IV of France and possibly carried by William Wallace will go on display this August at the Scottish Parliament.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alexander Hamilton

January 11 marks the anniversary of the birth of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s most influential and controversial founding fathers.

Grooming Claw

Does Primitive Claw Disqualify So-Called ‘Missing Link’ Candidate?

Researchers found that the toes of a 47-million-year-old primate suggest a transitional phase from nails to claws—or vice versa.

Titanic Auction

Amazing Treasures From Titanic to Be Auctioned: Slideshow

Get a sneak peek at the remarkable collection of artifacts from Titanic that will be auctioned in New York this April.

Joan of Arc

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Joan of Arc

To commemorate Joan of Arc’s 600th birthday, explore some facts about the legendary “Maid of Orléans” that might come as a surprise.

Saber-Toothed Predators

Powerful Arms Saved Saber-Toothed Killers’ Fearsome Fangs, Study Shows

For prehistoric predators, long fangs and strong arms worked in perfect tandem to seize struggling prey.

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First Woman to Circle the Globe Honored at Last

Scientists have finally named a species for botanist Jeanne Baret, who disguised herself as a man to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

Top Stories of 2011

This Year in History: 2011

As the year comes to an end, explore the top History in the Headlines stories published in 2011, from breaking news to special features.