History In The Headlines

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History’s Worst Nuclear Disasters

As experts scramble to stem the mounting crisis in Japan, we take a look at four of the most devastating nuclear accidents to date.

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Congo Crater Caused by Meteorite

Researchers have confirmed that a giant crater in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was formed by a crashing meteorite.

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Does a Guatemala Lake Contain Mayan Treasure?

Is priceless Mayan gold hiding in the depths of Guatemala’s Lake Izabal?

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Did Blood Cause Henry VIII’s Madness and Reproductive Woes?

Biological factors may have caused Henry VIII’s madness and reproductive woes, new research suggests.

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Did Vikings Use Crystals to Navigate?

New research suggests that the mythic sunstones used by seafaring Vikings were polarizing crystals that helped them navigate under overcast skies.

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Japan Pledges to Find Remains of Iwo Jima Dead

Japan has vowed to locate the remains of an estimated 12,000 troops still missing since the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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At the Oscars, History Wins Big

Movies based on real-life figures and historical events have proven a success at the Academy Awards.

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Romances That Changed History

For better or for worse, these historic romances altered the course of history.

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Frank Buckles, Last U.S. World War I Vet, Dies at 110

Frank Buckles, America’s last surviving World War I veteran, has died at age 110.

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Trove of Thomas Jefferson’s Books Discovered

Dozens of books that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson have surfaced at Washington University in St. Louis, where they have been keeping a low profile for 131 years.

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Beer from 19th-Century Shipwreck May Be Brewed Again

Finnish researchers hope to crack the recipe of 200-year-old beer found in a Baltic shipwreck and recreate it for today’s drinkers.

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Major Mob Busts in U.S. History

We take a look at some of the most significant Mafia busts in the history of the organized crime network.

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World War II Memo Cracked by Allies Found

Volunteers at the former codebreaking center Bletchley Park have found a memo proving the success of the Allies’ game-changing deception campaign during World War II.