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On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare, a health insurance program for elderly Americans, into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, which…
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Scraping animal hides, not hunting with spears, may have produced Neanderthals’ humerus asymmetry.
Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of more than 200 warriors who were thrown into a Danish lake some 2,000 years ago.
Nearly 80 years after the bloody shootout that killed the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, their handguns are being put up for auction.
A century after Horn & Hardart opened its first Automat in New York City, take a look back at America’s first fast food chain.
Discover six things you may not know about the Medal of Honor and its recipients.
The United States’ invasion of Canada 200 years ago went awry from the start.
On the anniversary of Skylab’s plunge to Earth on July 11, 1979, discover how the world celebrated, feared and commercialized the spectacular event.
Explore eight surprising facts about the famous Russian ruler.
A previously unknown copy of the map credited with popularizing the name “America” has turned up in a university library in Munich.
As people across the United States celebrate the nation’s birthday, explore nine surprising facts about the founding document adopted on July 4, 1776.
On the eve of Independence Day, get into the holiday spirit with five entertaining tales about Fourth of July celebrations at the White House.
Explore theories about Amelia Earhart’s final days—some more plausible than others.
As millions of Americans hit the road for the holiday, take a look back at the first cross-country road trip in 1903.