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The Birth of the National Football League

As a new season kicks off, look back at the National Football League’s humble origins in an Ohio auto dealership and its inaugural 1920 season.

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Neanderthals May Have Been Artists, Too

A new study claims that markings found etched into the wall of a cave in Gibraltar are the work of Neanderthals, the closest extinct relatives of early modern humans.

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Union Troops Capture Atlanta, 150 Years Ago

During the Civil War, the fall of Atlanta 150 years ago proved to be a blow from which the Confederacy never recovered.

Polish soldiers captured by the Germans during invasion of Poland, August 1939. (Credit: Hugo Jaeger/Timepix/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

World War II Begins, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland, look back at the Nazi offensive that launched World War II.

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8 Unusual Facts About the 1904 St. Louis Olympics

On their 110th anniversary, learn eight surprising facts about one of weirdest and wildest Summer Games in Olympic history.

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U.S. Open Honors Past Champ Joe Hunt, Killed During WWII

As part of the U.S. Open’s third annual Military Appreciation Day, the tennis world remembers Joe Hunt, who won a dramatic victory in the 1943 men’s championship.

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2,700-Year-Old Phoenician Shipwreck Discovered

An ancient Phoenician shipwreck found off the coast of Malta may be the oldest ever discovered in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Major League Baseball Makes Television Debut, 75 Years Ago

Professional baseball made history when a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds was broadcast from New York.

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Ancient DNA Suggests Seals Brought Tuberculosis to New World

After analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old Peruvian skeletons, scientists claim that seals and sea lions were likely the first to bring TB to the ancient Americas.

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The Secret Hitler-Stalin Pact, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of the German-Soviet nonaggression pact, look back at the secret agreement that set the stage for World War II.

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The British Burn Washington, D.C., 200 Years Ago

As the War of 1812 neared its conclusion, British forces torched the White House, the Capitol and nearly every other public building in Washington.

Reproduction of a Neanderthal woman at the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid, Spain. (Credit: Cristina Arias/Cover/Getty Images)

New Study Suggests Neanderthals and Humans Co-Existed for Millennia

In a new study, researchers claim that Neanderthals and humans may have lived alongside each other in Europe for as many as 5,000 years.

Martha, the last passenger pigeon, being prepared for display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. (Credit: Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History)

The Last Days of the Passenger Pigeon, 100 Years Ago

It took only a century for the passenger pigeon to go from North America’s most abundant bird species to extinction.