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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.
On the 540th anniversary of his birth, learn nine surprising facts about the artist often called “the Divine One.”
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.
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.
On the 90th anniversary of its birth, get the facts on America’s most famous long-distance footpath.
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.
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.
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient mortuary complex used to ritually strip human corpses of their flesh near Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca.
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.
A medical examination of a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue has revealed a shocking surprise hidden inside.
On the 560th anniversary of its publication, explore seven fascinating facts about one of the rarest and most influential books in world history.
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.