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Clint Dempsey and teammates celebrate Dempsey's goal in a group match tie between the United States at Portugal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images)

The Forgotten Golden Age of American Soccer

As the World Cup sparks soccer fever in the United States, look back at the forgotten golden age of American soccer—the 1920s.

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The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, 100 Years Ago

On the eve of the assassination’s centennial, find out how a teenage Serbian nationalist provided the spark for World War I.

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Deeper Roots of Northern Slavery Unearthed

An investigation has revealed that one of Colonial New England’s most aristocratic families participated in the slave trade.

Robert the Bruce, leader of Scottish forces at the Battle of Bannockburn (Credit: Getty Images)

Scotland Fights Its Way to Freedom, 700 Years Ago

Ragtag Scottish forces routed a large English army 700 years ago today at the Battle of Bannockburn, paving the way for the kingdom’s independence.

The Qeswachaka Bridge, which spans the Apurímac River canyon along the Qhapaq Ñan . (Credit: Getty Images)

Countries Seek Official Protection for Ancient Inca Road

Six countries are lobbying the United Nations to grant protected status to the Qhapaq Ñan, a 3,000-year-old road that runs down the Pacific coast of South America.

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The Civil War Comes to France, 150 Years Ago

When the Union and Confederacy battled in a ship-to-ship duel 150 years ago, they did so in a most unusual locale—off the coast of France.

Remains of victims of Plague of Cyprian, discovered in the funeral complex of Harwa and Akhimenru (Credit: N. Cijan/ Associazione Culturale per lo Studio dellEgitto e del Sudan ONLUS)

Ancient Plague Victims Found in Egypt

Archeologists in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes have uncovered the victims of an infamous plague, which one writer at the time saw as a sign that the world was ending.

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10 Things You Should Know About Iceland

As Iceland celebrates the 70th anniversary of its independence, explore 10 surprising facts about the island nation.

An artist’s rendering depicts the satellite ISEE-3/ICE during its planned lunar fly-by in August 2014. (Credit: Mark Maxwell/ISEE-3 Reboot Project)

After 36 Years, Spacecraft May Be Headed Home

Thanks to a determined group of civilians, a spacecraft launched in the 1970s and shut down by NASA in 1997 may finally be coming back into Earth’s orbit.

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Cold-Blooded or Warm-Blooded? Dinosaurs May Have Been in Between

In the long-running debate over whether dinosaurs were cold-blooded or warm-blooded, new research has suggested a middle ground.

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The Maracanã Blow: Brazil’s Stunning World Cup Defeat

As the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, take a look back at the last time the event was hosted by the South American nation, in 1950.

Baseball game at the Hall of Fame's Doubleday Field on June 12, 1939 (Credit: LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Baseball’s Cooperstown Myth

As the Baseball Hall of Fame turns 75, read how the shrine to baseball’s gods was built upon a carefully constructed creation myth.

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Landing at Normandy: The 5 Beaches of D-Day

Get the facts on the five D-Day beaches—code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword—that the Allies invaded 70 years ago today.