History In The Headlines

Black Death Genome

Is the Black Death the Ancestor of All Modern Plagues?

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the bug responsible for the Black Death, which killed up to half of Europe’s population in the mid-14th century.

Wall Street

Wall Street: 300 Years of Protests

As the Occupy Wall Street movement enters its fifth week, explore a map of historic protests, riots and other events in New York’s Financial District.

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Urban Infernos Throughout History

Get the facts on the Great Chicago Fire, which took place 140 years ago, and other blazes that decimated cities.

Garage Entrepeneurs

Great American Garage Entrepreneurs

Find out about great American businesses that got their start in garages, including one classic example: Apple Inc., co-founded by the late Steve Jobs in 1976.

Fred Shuttlesworth

Fred Shuttlesworth, Noted Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 89

Fred L. Shuttlesworth, the noted civil rights leader and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Archaeological Survey Reveals Life on Gallipoli’s Front Lines

Researchers have unearthed artifacts that shed light on the World War I campaign, including sleeping and eating facilities.

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When Royal Watching Becomes Royal Stalking

Find out about Robert Moore, whose body was found near Buckingham Palace, and others with unhealthy royal fixations.

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Prehistoric Children Finger-Painted on Cave Walls

Researchers have uncovered evidence that children as young as 2 decorated French caves with markings known as finger flutings at least 13,000 years ago.

William the Conqueror

10 Things You Didn’t Know About William the Conqueror

On the 945th anniversary of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England, explore some interesting facts about one of history’s most influential rulers.

SS Gairsoppa Shipwreck

Silver-Laden World War II Shipwreck Discovered

SS Gairsoppa sank while carrying a fortune in silver, estimated to be worth $210 million in today’s dollars.

Part of the Isaiah Scroll, the Dead Sea Scrolls’ most complete book of the Hebrew Bible.

Unraveling the Dead Sea Scrolls: Six Fascinating Facts

As some of the Dead Sea Scrolls go online thanks to Google and the Israel Museum, find out more about these ancient religious documents’ significance.

Ancient Roman Shipyard

Evidence of Major Ancient Roman Shipyard Found

Located at Portus, which served as imperial Rome’s trading hub, a newly discovered building could have been used for assembling and repairing ships.

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Human Skulls Mounted on Stakes Found at Stone Age Burial Site

Excavations in Sweden revealed 8,000-year-old skulls impaled with stakes that might have been battle trophies or part of a complex burial ritual.