History In The Headlines

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Slideshow: When Artifacts Become Astronauts

From Amelia Earhart’s scarf to part of a 16th-century warship, explore historic items that hitched a ride into the final frontier on the space shuttle.

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Did Viking Warriors Bare Groovy Teeth?

Viking warriors raiding Britain may have filed their teeth to scare their enemies, according to archaeologists excavating a unique mass grave.

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Video: Space Shuttle Milestones

As the countdown to the final space shuttle launch begins, explore some of the program’s most unforgettable moments.

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Video: The Declaration of Independence

Explore the history of the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed America’s independence on July 4, 1776.

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Fireworks’ Vibrant History

Find out about the history of fireworks, which will light up the skies across America this Independence Day.

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Cleaning of Alamo Reveals Historic Graffiti

Graffiti discovered at the Alamo earlier this month may be the oldest ever found at the site and could help shed light on its enigmatic past.

International Space Station

Slideshow: Orbit-Clogging Space Junk

Astronauts evacuated the International Space Station on Tuesday during a close encounter with space debris, part of the swirl of trash circling the planet.

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A Wise Man’s Cure: Frankincense and Myrrh

Once considered priceless, the ancient remedies frankincense and myrrh are drawing new attention from medical researchers.

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Dino Temperature Puzzle: Scientists Get Warmer

Large dinosaurs had warm blood but were not necessarily warm-blooded, according to an innovative new study.

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Famous Gangster Informants in U.S. History

Find out about famous gangsters who became informants for the U.S. government, including the recently captured Whitey Bulger.

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Earliest American Art Found in Florida?

A Florida fossil hunter may have found the earliest example of American art: a 13,000-year-old bone with an engraving of a mammoth or mastodon.

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Gladiator Cries Foul Over Ref’s Blown Call From the Grave

Did a referee’s blown call cost a Roman gladiator his life some 1,800 years ago?

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Hammocks’ Rocking History

Hammocks, which new research has shown to help people sleep more quickly and deeply, have a long and rich history that goes back 1,000 years.