History In The Headlines

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Last World War I Combat Veteran Dies

Claude Choules, a resident of Australia who also served during World War II, died Thursday at 110.

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Slideshow: 50th Anniversary of the First American in Space

Fifty years ago today, Alan Shepard became the first American and the second person to fly into space.

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France’s Green Fairy Flies Again

After a century-long ban, France has legalized absinthe, a potion with a rich history that artists once prized for its supposed hallucinogenic effects.

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Egypt’s Most Wanted: An Antiquities Wish List

As Egypt formally asks Germany to return the famous Nefertiti bust, find out about the other artifacts the country hopes to repatriate.

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The Secret Unit That Killed Bin Laden

Find out about the history and past operations of the elite Navy SEAL unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

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Video: The Empire State Building Turns 80

Eighty years ago on Sunday, Herbert Hoover dedicated New York’s Empire State Building, the world’s tallest skyscraper at that time.

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Girl Possibly Murdered During Roman Invasion Found in England

Last week, archaeologists in Kent, England, discovered the body of a girl believed to have been killed by Roman soldiers around 50 A.D.

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Did Homo Erectus Craft Complex Tools and Weapons?

Homo erectus groups in China 700,000 years ago weathered the cold by making spears and tools, a new study suggests.

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How Conventional Was Charles and Diana’s Wedding?

The nuptials of Prince Charles and Lady Diana have come to represent the archetypal royal wedding, but there are some ways in which the event broke the mold.

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Royal Weddings Gone Bad

From vomiting brides to absent grooms, history has proven that not every royal wedding is the stuff of fairytales.

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Slideshow: Remembering Chernobyl

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, considered the worst disaster of its kind.

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Sacred Text Describes Successful Brain Surgery in Ancient Tibet

An intriguing account of ancient brain surgery in Tibet has been found in a 2,900-year-old collection of Buddhist texts.

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Video: Royal Weddings of the House of Windsor

As the one-week countdown to the royal nuptials begins, get into the spirit with a look back at some of the House of Windsor’s most memorable weddings.