History In The Headlines

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.

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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.

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New Year’s History: Festive Facts

From the origins of “Auld Lang Syne” to traditional foods, find out more about the history of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

War Animals

War Animals From Horses to Glowworms: 7 Incredible Facts

Explore fascinating stories about the important military contributions of horses and other animals throughout history.

27 Club

Curse of 27, or Is It Only Rock ‘n’ Roll?

Researchers investigating the “27 club” legend found that famous musicians live faster and die younger—just not necessarily at 27.

Kim Jong Il

Life and Death of Kim Jong Il: Slideshow

Kim Jong Il, the notorious leader who controlled North Korea for 17 years, died Saturday, the country’s state-run media has announced.

Is Marriage History?

Is Marriage History?

Marriages may be on the decline in the United States, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re becoming a thing of the past.