History In The Headlines

Japanese-American Veterans of World War II

Unlikely World War II Soldiers Awarded Nation’s Highest Honor

Nearly 70 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II, Japanese-American soldiers receive the country’s highest civilian honor.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty Turns 125: Video

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, which took place on October 28, 1886.

Hawker Hurricane

Last of Polish Pilots Who Defended England During Battle of Britain Dies

A World War II flier thought to have been the last surviving Polish veteran of the Battle of Britain died last week at 97.

Queen Anne’s Revenge Cannon

Cannon Loosed from Wreckage of Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship

On Wednesday, divers hauled an 8-foot-long, 2,000-pound cannon from the site where Queen Anne’s Revenge sank nearly 300 years ago.

National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum Commemorates 70 Years Since Pearl Harbor

Find out more about the museum and how you could win free passes to an upcoming conference and a stay in New Orleans.

RCW 86 Supernova

Astronomers Solve Puzzle of First Supernova on Record

NASA telescopes have shed light on how the traces of an exploded star traveled faster and further than expected.

Notorious Mothers-in-Law

Notorious Mothers-in-Law Throughout History

For Mother-in-Law Day on Sunday, appreciate your mother-in-law even more than usual by reading these tales.

Viste Boy Face

Forensics Put a Face to a Stone Age Boy’s Remains

The face of a teenager who died 7,500 years ago has been brought back to life through methods that combine forensics and art.

Declaration of Independence

Is the Declaration of Independence Illegal?

British barristers and American attorneys debated whether the historic document amounted to treason.


The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi: Slideshow

As news of his death breaks, find out more about the ousted Libyan leader’s rise and fall.


Viking Chief Buried in His Boat Found in Scotland

The first intact Viking boat burial site to be found on the British mainland was discovered recently in Scotland, archaeologists announced.


Did Jamestown’s Settlers Drink Themselves to Death?

Geologists are investigating whether tainted drinking water killed most of Jamestown’s colonists during the “starving time” of 1609-1610.

Ochre Toolkits

100,000-Year-Old Paint Mixing Kits Found

A recent discovery suggests that early humans engaged in sophisticated behaviors such as making paint earlier than previously thought.