History Stories
AUTHOR: Becky Little
When Popes Become Penitents: The History of Papal Apologies
January 18, 2018

In recent years, the papal apology has shifted its focus from historical wrongs to current events. Read More

Rats Didn’t Spread the Black Death—It Was Humans
January 17, 2018

Scientists now believe the plague spread too fast for rats to be the culprits. Read More

What Caused the Aztec Empire to Fall? Scientists Uncover New Clues
January 16, 2018

The mysterious epidemic that devastated Aztecs may have been food poisoning. Read More

The Deadliest Volcanic Eruption in History
January 16, 2018

It killed 100,000 people in the direct impact. But it led to tens of millions more deaths later. Read More

How Medieval Churches Used Witch Hunts to Gain More Followers
January 10, 2018

The Catholic and Protestant churches promoted themselves by persecuting witches, economists argue. Read More

A Tell-All about Nixon’s Campaign Was the 1969 Version of ‘Fire and Fury’
January 8, 2018

Long before presidential scandals became standard, a best-selling book caught the nation’s attention with a salacious chronicle of White House machinations. Read More

What Is the Nuclear ‘Button’ and Where Did It Come From?
January 3, 2018

Every president since Kennedy has carried the nuclear football, but none have ever used it. Read More

The White House is Taking Down the Iconic Jackson Magnolia
December 27, 2017

Dubbed a safety hazard, this 188-year-old tree has seen it all. Read More

The Most Amazing Artifacts Discovered While Building Rome’s Subway
December 19, 2017

It’s hard to build any new subway lines without running into Rome’s ancient history. Read More

How Hate Groups are Hijacking Medieval Symbols While Ignoring the Facts Behind Them
December 18, 2017

For one thing, medieval Europe wasn’t all white. Read More