History In The Headlines

Hercules Statue

Headless Hercules Unearthed in Israel

A rare second-century statue of the Greco-Roman hero Hercules was discovered in northern Israel, officials reported yesterday.

Elvis Presley

People Rumored to Have Survived Their Deaths: Slideshow

As historians claim that Butch Cassidy lived to a ripe old age, find out about other historical figures rumored to have survived long after their supposed deaths.

Gladiators

Corrupt Roman Gladiators Busted by Cops

Undercover police clad in gladiator garb cracked down Wednesday on mock warriors who pose for tourist photos and have been accused of fraud.

Berlin Wall

Reflecting on the Berlin Wall, 50 Years After Its Construction

An expert on the Berlin Wall answers questions about its history as the 50th anniversary of its construction approaches.

London Riots

Panic on the Streets of London: A History

As the riots in London spread to other cities, find out about other waves of unrest that have rocked the UK capital.

Nancy Wake

World War II Resistance Heroine, Savior of Thousands, Dies at 98

Nancy Wake, who fled Australia to see the world at 16, ended up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list for her leading role in the French resistance.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs: Learning New Tricks for Centuries

In honor of International Assistance Dog Week, we examine the history of canine companions’ role in helping people overcome disabilities.

U-2 Spy Plane

U-2 Spy Plane’s Retirement Signals the End of an Era

After more than 50 years gathering intelligence 13 miles in the air, the high-altitude aircraft will be phased out by 2015.

Pantheon

Is Rome’s Pantheon a Giant Sundial?

The Pantheon’s roof opening may have shed light on the building’s entryway on important days of the year, a new study suggests.

Megalodons

Prehistoric Monsters of the Deep: Slideshow

From sharks bigger than a bus to giant sea scorpions, explore some of the largest and most fearsome marine creatures of the past.

Titanic

Titanic’s First Victim Gets Headstone At Last

After more than 100 years, an Irish teen who died while working on Titanic and is thought to be the ship’s first victim has a headstone for his grave.

Scopitone

The Music Video, Before Music Television

On MTV’s 30th anniversary, explore the history of the music video, which stretches back to the late 19th century.

Tombs of the Apostles

Tombs of the Apostles: Slideshow

As archaeologists announce the discovery of what they believe to be St. Philip’s tomb, find out where some of the other apostles are thought to have been buried.