History In The Headlines

Ancient Bedding

World’s Oldest Known Beds Repelled Bugs

Just because our Stone Age predecessors lived in caves doesn’t mean they couldn’t appreciate soft, comfortable bedding 77,000 years ago.

Anomalocaris

First Super Predator Was a Hawk-Eyed Shrimp, Study Shows

Anomalocaris, which ruled the oceans 500 million years ago, boasted some of the sharpest and largest eyes in history, research suggests.

Pearl Harbor

5 Facts About Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona

Explore little-known facts about the “date which will live in infamy.”

Presidential Aging

Do U.S. Presidents Age Faster While in Office?

A human longevity expert assessed the longstanding theory that the stresses of the job make American presidents age more quickly.

London

17th-Century Londoners Died of Fright, Itch and Grief

A treatise by the pioneering statistician John Graunt, now on display at London’s Royal Society, provides a glimpse at life and death in the 1600s.

Maya

Mayans Never Predicted December 2012 Apocalypse, Researchers Say

One of history’s most famous doomsday predictions might rely on a faulty translation of an ancient Mayan tablet.

Famous Spies

10 Spies Who Aren’t Household Names

Explore the lives of 10 daring and intriguing covert agents you might not have read about in history books.

Square Dancing

Square Dancing: A Swinging History

This Square Dance Day, explore the evolution of a lively tradition with European roots and a distinctly American flavor.

Dog Origins

Is East Asia the Kennel of Dog Civilization?

Wolves evolved into man’s best friend south of the Yangtze River in what is now China, according to a new study.

Synesthesia

Seeing Sounds, Hearing Colors: Good for Survival?

Why have the genes behind synesthesia, a condition with a higher incidence among artists, survived throughout human history?

Jawbone Development

For Perfect Teeth, Start Hunting and Gathering

The shift from a hunter-gatherer to agriculture-based lifestyle might be responsible for some dental problems, research suggests.

Maba Cranium

Was Victim of Earliest Known Human-on-Human Attack Saved By Compassion?

The earliest known case of interpersonal violence left one man with a traumatic head injury 126,000 years ago, a study suggests.

Louis Daguerre

Louis Daguerre, Photo Pioneer Honored By Google: Interesting Facts

Explore the life of Louis Daguerre, whose birthday is celebrated in today’s Google Doodle.