About History in the HeadlinesCatch up on new discoveries, explore important anniversaries and get the history behind today's headlines.
- The Lincoln Memorial’s Bizarre Rejected Designs
- The Real-Life Story Behind “American Sniper”
- Magna Carta Worth $15 Million Found in Archived Scrapbook
- Oldest Surviving USS Arizona Crewman Dies at 100
- First Viking Temple in 1,000 Years Coming to Iceland
- The Battle of Iwo Jima Begins, 70 Years Ago
- Mandela Becomes a Free Man, 25 Years Ago
- CT Scan Reveals Mummified Monk Inside Ancient Buddha Statue
History.com on Facebook
More to Explore
Follow Eustace, Tom and Marty as they devote their lives to surviving off the grid, on their own terms.
Get the real story behind this famous World War II icon.
Explore 7 ways the battle changed the course of the Civil War.
Watch the exclusive web series.
This Day in History
On this day in 1953, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announce that they have determined the double-helix structure of DNA…
The annual Thanksgiving ritual of granting presidential pardons to White House turkeys is not as hallowed as you may think.
On November 24, 1974, scientists in Africa unearthed the skeleton of one of humanity’s oldest ancestors, a pint-sized Australopithecus they nicknamed “Lucy.”
On the 320th anniversary of Voltaire’s birth, learn 10 things you may not know about one of the 18th century’s most quotable and controversial thinkers.
On the 45th anniversary of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, learn how a group of rebel activists took over America’s most notorious prison for more than 19 months.
Scientists seeking to clone the long-extinct woolly mammoth may have found the best hope yet of achieving their controversial goal.
A Napoleon memorabilia auction this past weekend brought in $12.5 million and proved the enduring interest in the French emperor.
On the 145th anniversary of its opening, check out nine surprising facts about the canal that links the Eastern and Western worlds.
On the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s march through Georgia, explore nine surprising facts about the man who helped pioneer “scorched earth” military tactics.
Scientists excavating a site on the Danish island of Lolland recently uncovered two sets of footprints that they believe were made by Stone Age fishermen.
On the 60th anniversary of the closing of Ellis Island, learn nine surprising facts about the port that once served as the main entryway to America.
Alonzo Cushing, a Union lieutenant killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, has finally received the Medal of Honor 151 years after his death.
On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, learn 10 surprising facts about the iconic Cold War symbol.
By winning re-election in 1864 against his former top general, Abraham Lincoln dashed any hopes of a negotiated peace with the Confederacy.