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On this day in 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what would be the …
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On March 4, 1865, with the Civil War drawing to a close, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in to a second term as U.S. president; John Wilkes Booth was in attendance.
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An historian fed up with doubts about Billy the Kid’s demise has petitioned a New Mexico court to create a death certificate for the famous outlaw.
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A new study clears the black rat of spreading the infamous Black Death from Asia across medieval Europe, and identifies gerbils as a more likely culprit.
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On the 50th anniversary of his death, get the facts on the outspoken black nationalist.
On the centennial of the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco, take a virtual tour through some of its most popular—and most unusual—attractions.
Thirty-five years after the U.S. hockey team pulled off their ‘miracle’ win over the Soviet Union, learn the story behind one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history.
Seventy years after U.S. Marines began the invasion of Iwo Jima, take a look back at one of the most hard-fought battles of World War II.
For the first time in a millennium, Iceland will have a shrine honoring the ancient Norse gods once worshipped by the Vikings.