History In The Headlines

samuel colt

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.

Left to Right: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.

What If the Moon Landing Had Failed?

On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch, read about the chilling presidential speech prepared in case disaster struck the moon landing.

cuneiform

Prehistoric Recordkeeping System Used Long After Writing Emerged

Recent archeological finds in Turkey suggest that ancient Assyrians relied on their prehistoric bookkeeping system for some 2,000 years after the advent of writing.

bastille day

A French Mob Storms the Bastille, 225 Years Ago

On Bastille Day, look back at the jailbreak that kick-started the French Revolution.

iStockphotos.com

10 Things You May Not Know About Babe Ruth

On the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s major-league debut, learn 10 surprising facts about baseball’s biggest icon.

Plaque commemorating attack at Fort Stevens (Credit DBKING/Wikimedia Commons)

Lincoln’s Battlefield Brush with Death, 150 Years Ago

At the Battle of Fort Stevens 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln came within feet of being shot by a Confederate sniper.

A photograph of Lyuba, the newborn woolly mammoth discovered in 2007. (Credit: Francis Latreille)

X-rays Provide Glimpse Into Short Lives of Baby Mammoths

X-ray scans of two baby mammoth skeletons found in Siberia help reveal in startling detail how the Ice Age animals lived and died.

John D. Rockefeller

10 Things You May Not Know About John D. Rockefeller

On the 175th anniversary of John D. Rockefeller’s birth, explore 10 surprising facts about the oil tycoon and philanthropist.

Cranium of "Karabo," the Australopithecus sediba skeleton discovered in 2008. A. sediba had apelike arms and brains, but also modern human traits such as small teeth and longer legs.

Human Traits May Not Have Evolved All At Once, Scientists Say

After analyzing fossil evidence, a group of anthropologists now suggest that human evolution may have been even more complicated than we thought.

Declaration of Independence

Scholar Questions Key Period in Declaration of Independence

A potential error in the official transcript of the Declaration of Independence may have led to a misunderstanding of the Founding Fathers’ intent.

amistad

The Amistad Slave Rebellion, 175 Years Ago

On its 175th anniversary, take a look back at the mutiny that galvanized the abolitionist movement.

Elvis Presley (Credit: Archive Photos/Getty Images)

7 Fascinating Facts About Elvis Presley

60 years after Elvis’ recording of the song that launched his career, find out facts about the iconic entertainer that might surprise you.