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The Battle of Mobile Bay, 150 Years Ago

Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and supposedly delivered one of history’s most iconic orders 150 years ago.

Painting depicting engagement between USS Maddox and North Vietnamese torpedo boats on August 2, 1964. (Credit: Naval Historical Center)

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 50 Years Ago

One real and one phantom firefight 50 years ago embroiled the United States in the Vietnam War.

Pierced skull front of one of the bodies discovered near Alken Enge (Credit: Aarhus University)

Evidence of Gruesome Ancient Ritual Unearthed in Denmark

Danish archeologists have found evidence that the bodies of a vanquished Iron Age army were ritualistically desecrated as part of a grisly religious sacrifice

Part of the ship's keel, which researchers identified as hickory, indicating the ship was probably built in the northeastern United States. (Credit: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

Tree Rings Solve World Trade Center Ship Mystery

Using tree rings, scientists have identified the origins of a wooden ship unearthed at the former World Trade Center site in Manhattan four years ago.

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Warren G. Harding’s Steamy Love Letters Unsealed

Newly released love letters between Warren G. Harding and his longtime mistress reveal a surprising side of the 29th president.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

On the 85th anniversary of her birth, learn 10 surprising facts about the life and work of one of America’s most iconic first ladies.

Excavations at the Binchester site (Credit: University of Durham)

Roman Ruins in Britain Hailed as “Pompeii of the North”

New discoveries at an ancient fort in County Durham offer an 1,800-year-old glimpse into daily life in Roman Britain.

Artist rendering of Kepler-421b (Credit: David A. Aguilar/CFA)

Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year Found

Using the Kepler telescope, astronomers have found an orbiting body with the longest year—704 days—of any transiting exoplanet yet discovered.

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New Research Drills Into History of Cavities

In two new studies, scientists analyzed teeth extracted from ancient skeletons in order to learn more about one of our most enduring health problems: cavities.

August 6, 1894 cover of Le Petit Journal dedicated to the "Competition for Horseless Carriages"

World’s First Automotive Competition Held, 120 Years Ago

On the 120th anniversary of the world’s first organized auto race, take a look back at the quirky history of early motoring.

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Uncovering the Mysteries of the Bog Bodies

Ongoing research on two 2,000-year-old corpses preserved in the peat bogs of Denmark reveals that they both traveled from elsewhere before their deaths.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Samuel Colt

On the 200th anniversary of Samuel Colt’s birth, learn 10 surprising facts about the gun manufacturer and industrialist.

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Port Chicago Disaster Stuns the Nation, 70 Years Ago

70 years after the worst home front disaster of World War II, learn how an explosion at a California port sparked a Naval mutiny and led to an influential debate on civil rights.