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Memo from 1944 Warned FDR Would Likely Die in Office

In July 1944, nine months before Franklin Roosevelt’s death, a doctor who had recently examined him wrote a memo warning that the president could not survive a fourth term in office.

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30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program

On the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle program, we take a look at its three decades of exploration, innovation and drama.

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Who Was Mary Surratt?

Who was Mary Surratt, an alleged collaborator in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln and the inspiration behind the new movie “The Conspirator”?

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Another Jack the Ripper Suspect?

A German sailor has been added to the growing list of suspects in the unsolved Jack the Ripper case.

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T. Rex Cousin Discovered in China

Zhuchengtyrannus magnus, one of the largest theropod dinosaurs in history and Tyrannosaurus rex’s long-lost relative, has been identified in China.

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Key Part of Gettysburg Battlefield Preserved

The National Park Service has acquired a former golf course where a series of bloody clashes took place on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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The History of Ballpark Food

With baseball season back in full swing, we take a look at classic ballpark snacks like hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack.

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Baseball Opening Day Fun Facts

From record-breaking feats to streaking fans, Opening Day has seen its share of memorable moments in baseball history.

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Milestones in Libya’s Relations with the West

The recent crisis in Libya is only the latest development in a long and tumultuous history of relations between the North African nation and the West.

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100 Years Ago: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Find out how newspapers reported on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which killed nearly 150 New York City workers and helped expose poor working conditions 100 years ago.

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History’s Worst Nuclear Disasters

As experts scramble to stem the mounting crisis in Japan, we take a look at four of the most devastating nuclear accidents to date.

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Congo Crater Caused by Meteorite

Researchers have confirmed that a giant crater in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was formed by a crashing meteorite.

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Does a Guatemala Lake Contain Mayan Treasure?

Is priceless Mayan gold hiding in the depths of Guatemala’s Lake Izabal?