History In The Headlines

Roger Bannister in 1954, the year he became the first person to run a 4-minute mile.

The First 4-Minute Mile, 60 Years Ago

Look back at the day 60 years ago when British medical student Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes.

"Round the World with Nellie Bly" parlor game.

Nellie Bly’s Biggest Scoops

On the 150th anniversary of Nellie Bly’s birth, explore some of the biggest stories broken by the trailblazing investigative journalist.

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7 Expressions You Might Not Know Came from Horse Racing

As we approach this weekend’s Kentucky Derby, explore the linguistic legacy of one of the world’s oldest sports.

George Washington's First Inauguration

Remembering the First Presidential Inauguration, 225 Years Ago

On the 225th anniversary of his inauguration, look back at George Washington’s road to the presidency.

Remote Control Drones

Can Drones Revolutionize Archaeology?

Learn how archaeologists are discovering the most ancient of artifacts utilizing the most high-tech of tools.

Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty, 225 Years Ago

After history’s most famous mutiny occurred 225 years ago, the adventure for the crew of HMS Bounty was only beginning.

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Scientists Decode Genome of Deadly Tsetse Fly

After a decade-long effort, an international team of scientists has cracked the genetic code of the tsetse fly, the bloodsucking insect that spreads African sleeping sickness.

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Neanderthals Likely Lived in Small, Isolated Groups, Scientists Say

An analysis of Neanderthal DNA suggests that populations of these close human relatives were small and isolated from one another.

Oklahoma Land Run

The Oklahoma Land Rush, 125 Years Ago

Look back at the day 125 years ago when 50,000 “boomers” and “sooners” made a mad dash to stake their claims in the Oklahoma Land Rush.

1964 World's Fair

The Legacy of the 1964 World’s Fair, 50 Years Later

Explore six lasting legacies of the 1964 New York World’s Fair on the 50th anniversary of its opening.

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field Hits the Century Mark

As the iconic Chicago ballpark celebrates its 100th birthday this week, explore some facts about its colorful history, and that of four other iconic sports venues.

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Scientists Spot an Earth-Size Planet 500 Light-Years Away

Astronomers studying data from NASA’s Kepler space-based telescope announce they have discovered a distant planet that appears remarkably similar to Earth.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Charlie Chaplin

On the 125th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s birth, explore some surprising facts about the renowned silent-film star.