History Stories

Here are the 30 most popular stories of the year.

1. The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced

Zora Neale Hurston's searing book about the final survivor of the transatlantic slave trade, Cudjo Lewis, could not find a publisher for nearly 90 years. READ MORE

2. Early Humans Slept Around with More than Just Neanderthals

New DNA research has unexpectedly revealed that they were even more promiscuous than we thought. READ MORE

3. This 14th-Century African Emperor Remains the Richest Person in History

Forget today’s tech billionaires, the wealth of Mansa Musa of Mali was too vast to be imagined—or equaled. READ MORE

4. The 5 Most Credible Modern UFO Sightings

Revisit five of the most believable UFO sightings of the 21st century. READ MORE

5. Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick Incident: What Really Happened

The fateful events at Chappaquiddick ended Mary Jo Kopechne’s life and derailed Ted Kennedy’s presidential ambitions for good. READ MORE

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6. 9/11 Lost and Found: The Items Left Behind

From a bloodied pair of shoes, to IDs to jewelry, here's a look at some of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s more than 11,000 artifacts—and the heavy stories they carry. READ MORE

7. The Brutal History of Japan’s ‘Comfort Women’

Between 1932 and 1945, Japan forced women from Korea, China and other occupied countries to become military prostitutes. READ MORE

8. Mary Todd Lincoln Became a Laughingstock After Her Husband’s Assassination

After President Lincoln's death, the First Lady's public grieving was seen as evidence that she was an improper woman. READ MORE

9. DNA from Ice Age Baby Uproots Native American Family Tree

The Ancient Beringians split off from other Native American ancestors 20,000 years ago. READ MORE

10. When Native Americans Were Slaughtered in the Name of ‘Civilization’

Their world views and spiritual beliefs were beyond most white men’s comprehension. READ MORE

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11. The Trump Family's Immigrant Story

For decades, they denied their German roots, claiming to be of Scandinavian origin. READ MORE

12. Why Are There So Many Urban Legends About Mr. Rogers?

If popular folklore is to be believed, he's a tattooed former sniper with a dark secret. READ MORE

13. Hitler’s Teeth Reveal Nazi Dictator’s Cause of Death

A new analysis of Adolf Hitler's teeth and bones puts to rest questions of how he died. READ MORE

14. The NRA Supported Gun Control When the Black Panthers Had the Weapons

The organization fought for stricter gun regulations in the 1960s. READ MORE

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15. Trump Holds Some JFK Assassination Files Back, Sets New 3-Year Deadline

Despite a promise to release everything on April 26, 2018, the Trump administration is withholding certain material in the JFK Assassination archive for extra review. READ MORE

16. The Real History Behind the Black Panther

Looking behind the curtain of Marvel's wealthiest superhero. READ MORE

17. Andy Warhol Was Shot By Valerie Solanas. It Killed Him 19 Years Later

Moments after Valerie Solanas entered Andy Warhol’s sixth-floor office at 33 Union Square West on June 3, 1968, carrying two guns and a massive, paranoid grudge, their lives would be changed forever. READ MORE

18. Why Did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor?

By the time the first Japanese bomber appeared over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, tensions between Japan and the United States had been mounting for the better part of a decade, making war seem inevitable. READ MORE

19. New Study Debunks Tales of Mass Suicide at Custer’s Last Stand

Skeletal analysis of troops at the Battle of the Little Bighorn suggests a very different outcome. READ MORE

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20. No, This Tiny Mummy Isn’t an Alien

Researchers have finally discovered why a six-inch skeleton found in Chile's Atacama Desert has such exceptional features. READ MORE

21. This Midwife at Auschwitz Delivered 3,000 Babies in Unfathomable Conditions

Stanislawa Leszczyńska was instructed to murder babies, but refused. READ MORE

22. 8-Year-Old Girl Pulls 1,000-Year-Old Sword From Lake

“I held it up in the air and I said ‘Daddy, I found a sword!’" READ MORE

23. The Revolutionary War Hero Who Was Openly Gay

Baron Friedrich von Steuben was known for his bravery and the discipline and grit he brought to the American troops. READ MORE

24. Frank Sinatra’s Mob Ties and Other Secrets from His FBI File

The FBI documented Old Blue Eyes’ every move for 40 years. READ MORE

U.S. President Bill Clinton breaking into laughter after Russian President Boris Yeltsin made a comment about journalists at a news conference in Hyde Park, New York on October 23, 1995.

25. When a Russian President Ended Up Drunk and Disrobed Outside the White House

Was Bill Clinton's 1994 meeting with Boris Yeltsin the most hilariously awful state visit in history? READ MORE

26. How a Black Spy Infiltrated the Confederate White House

How freed slave Mary Bowser and abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew teamed up to spy on Confederate President Jefferson Davis and got away with it. READ MORE

27. Why 100 Imposters Claimed to Be Marie Antoinette’s Dead Son

After the French Revolution, eight-year-old Louis XVII was taken to prison and never seen in public again. READ MORE

28. When a Millionaire Married a Teen And Sparked Opposition to U.S. Child Marriage

Before meeting his young wife, 51-year-old New York real estate titan Edward Browning had taken out newspaper ads saying he wanted to adopt a 14-year-old girl. READ MORE

29. The Deadly 1911 Heat Wave That Drove People Insane

Railway tracks buckled, people slept in parks, hundreds died, while others tried to die as the heat and humidity became unbearable. READ MORE

30. 3,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy Unveiled in Near-Perfect Condition

The ancient tombs contained a well-preserved woman and the priest responsible for embalming the pharaohs. READ MORE

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