History In The Headlines

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William Wallace: The Real Robin Hood?

Was Scottish knight William Wallace of “Braveheart” fame the inspiration behind the legend of Robin Hood?

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World War II Hero from “Band of Brothers” Dies

Dick Winters, whose bravery and heroism during World War II were chronicled in the book and television series “Band of Brothers,” has died at 92.

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Inspiration for Iconic Rosie the Riveter Image Dies

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the model for an iconic poster associated with Rosie the Riveter, died on December 26 at the age of 86.

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This Year in History: 2010

As 2011 prepares to make its arrival, we take a look at some of the most exciting and consequential stories from this year in history.

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Historic Eclipses

This week, as the world watches a true astronomical rarity–the first full lunar eclipse to coincide with a winter solstice since 1554–we take a look at legendary eclipses with undeniable historical significance.

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In 17th-Century Letters, King of Spain Frets Over Jamestown

Colonial Williamsburg has acquired 17th-century letters in which Philip III of Spain worries about England’s establishment of Jamestown.

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Titanic a Feast for New Bacteria

Nearly a century after striking an iceberg and plunging into the North Atlantic, Titanic has become a meal for hungry microscopic bacteria.

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Solving the Riddle of Stonehenge’s Construction

The mystery of how prehistoric builders constructed the mighty Stonehenge has baffled scholars for centuries.

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A New Female Pharaoh for Ancient Egypt?

Queen Arsinoë II ruled Egypt as a female pharaoh long before her more famous descendant, Cleopatra VII, according to a new study.

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Mini Big Bangs Suggest the Universe Began as a Liquid

The universe started out as a hot, soupy liquid, according to simulations of its earliest moments conducted with the help of the world’s largest particle accelerator.

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Did the Maya Build Chirping Pyramids?

New research suggests that Mesoamerican pyramids like the Maya temple Kukulkan were designed to produce sophisticated acoustic effects, including the chirp of a sacred bird.

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Gladiator House Crumbles, Hinting at Pompeii’s Uncertain Future

On November 6, 2010, Pompeii’s House of the Gladiators collapsed, highlighting the many challenges of preservation.

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Rome’s Colosseum Unveils its Underworld

For the first time ever, visitors to Rome’s Colosseum will get the chance to explore the ancient amphitheater’s basement.