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- WWII’s Largest Battleship Revealed After 70 Years Underwater
- 10 Things You Should Know About the Appalachian Trail
- Islamic Ring Found in 9th-Century Viking Grave
- 9 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo
- The Warship of Peace That Fed Famine-Stricken Ireland
- When Did the “Age of Man” Begin?
- History’s Biggest Art Heist Remains Unsolved, 25 Years Later
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When Thomas Edison demonstrated the first practical incandescent light bulb on New Year’s Eve 135 years ago, it marked the dawn of the electric age.
Forty-five years after the U.S. Air Force terminated its investigation into “Unidentified Flying Objects,” take a look back at the government response to the flying saucer hysteria of the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
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The so-called “Titanic of the Golden Gate” has laid covered in mud for over a century.
Workers fixing a leak at the Massachusetts State House in Boston unearthed a time capsule placed in the building’s cornerstone more than two centuries ago.
According to new research, the oldest horned dinosaur ever found in North America lived around 107 million years ago, in what is now southern Montana.
Newly released DNA evidence suggests that Norse women also took to the seas to help settle new lands.
Six men caught looting historical artifacts from an ancient desert cave in Israel last weekend may have been searching for undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls.
Archaeologists discovered a group of shackled skeletons in an ancient Roman burial ground in southwestern France, near the site of long-ago gladiatorial battles.