History In The Headlines

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Apocalypses That Weren’t

The prediction that the world will end on May 21, 2011, is the latest chapter in a long history of apocalyptic beliefs.

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Archaeologists Bring Mona Lisa’s Top Model to Light

Archaeologists are digging for the bones of the woman who may have sat for the “Mona Lisa.” Will facial reconstruction confirm her identity?

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Friday the 13th: History of a Phobia

Explore the history of Friday the 13th and find out whether this widely reviled day deserves its bad rap.

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Slideshow: Longest-Reigning British Monarchs

Today, Queen Elizabeth II became the second-longest ruling monarch in British history. Find out about other British rulers with lengthy reigns.

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What Killed Charles Darwin?

Last week, Charles Darwin became the latest “patient” at an annual conference that aims to unravel the medical mysteries of long-dead historical figures.

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10 Surprising Civil War Facts

Explore 10 surprising Civil War facts, brought to you by the authors of “The Seven-Day Scholar: The Civil War.”

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Raising a Toast With George Washington’s Beer

The New York Public Library, which owns a notebook with a beer recipe by George Washington, announced Wednesday that it would recreate the brew.

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The March of the Giant Ants

A newly discovered species of supersized ants roamed Wyoming some 50 million years ago, according to a study published May 4.

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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.