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Rep. John Lewis stand on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, nearly 50 years after the brutal events of "Bloody Sunday." (Credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Selma’s “Bloody Sunday,” 50 Years Ago

On the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” look back at the assault on civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, that led to the Voting Rights Act.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo

On the 540th anniversary of his birth, learn nine surprising facts about the artist often called “the Divine One.”

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The Boston Massacre, 245 Years Ago

Two hundred and forty-five years after British troops shot and killed five colonists in Boston, take a look back at the tragic incident that helped galvanize support for American independence.

Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol on March 4, 1865, with John Wilkes Booth among the crowd looking on. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Remembering Lincoln’s Second Inauguration, 150 Years Later

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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10 Things You Should Know About the Appalachian Trail

On the 90th anniversary of its birth, get the facts on America’s most famous long-distance footpath.

The cast of "The Sound of Music" at the film's 1965 premiere. (Credit: Bruce Bailey/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Real History Behind “The Sound of Music”

On the 50th anniversary of the premier of “The Sound of Music,” explore the true history behind one of the most popular films of all time.

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Historian Seeks Death Certificate to End Billy the Kid Rumors

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.

Remains found at the Khonkho Wankane site. (Credit: Scott C. Smith)

Ancient Mortuary That Boiled, Defleshed Corpses Unearthed

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient mortuary complex used to ritually strip human corpses of their flesh near Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca.

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Scientists Blame Gerbils (Not Rats) for the Black Death

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.

The Buddha alongside an image from an earlier CT scan. (Credit: Drents Museum)

CT Scan Reveals Mummified Monk Inside Ancient Buddha Statue

A medical examination of a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue has revealed a shocking surprise hidden inside.

A copy of the Gutenberg Bible in the collection of the New York Public Library

7 Things You May Not Know About the Gutenberg Bible

On the 560th anniversary of its publication, explore seven fascinating facts about one of the rarest and most influential books in world history.

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7 Things You May Not Know About Malcolm X

On the 50th anniversary of his death, get the facts on the outspoken black nationalist.

Souvenir booklet for the 1915 World's Fair

10 Top Draws of San Francisco’s 1915 World’s Fair

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.