History Stories
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Hanes
6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine
February 14, 2013

Who was St. Valentine, and why do we celebrate him on February 14? In honor of Valentine’s Day, get the facts about this enigmatic character. Read More

Beyond Punxsutawney: Meet the Other Groundhogs
February 1, 2013

This Groundhog Day, peek inside the lifestyles of some lesser-known groundhog prognosticators across the United States and Canada. Read More

Joe Kittinger’s Death-Defying Leap From the Edge of Space
October 5, 2012

Over 50 years ago, Joe Kittinger rode a balloon 102,800 feet up to the edge of space. Then he jumped out. Read More

From Sputnik to Spacewalking: 7 Soviet Space Firsts
October 4, 2012

On the anniversary of Sputnik's launch, explore seven of the Soviet Union’s firsts in the history of space exploration. Read More

6 Fascinating Facts About Space Probe Voyager 1
September 5, 2012

Explore six cool facts about the farthest manmade object from Earth, the space probe Voyager 1, Read More

Mars and Martian Mania: A Brief History
August 9, 2012

As NASA’s rover Curiosity continues the quest to find life on Mars, explore five key events that piqued the public interest in the Red Planet. Read More

5 Strange Olympic Sports You Won’t See at the 2012 London Games
July 25, 2012

As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games get underway in London, explore five bizarre Olympic sports that haven’t been seen since the early 20th century. Read More

The Day Skylab Crashed to Earth: Facts About the First U.S. Space Station’s Re-Entry
July 11, 2012

On the anniversary of Skylab's plunge to Earth on July 11, 1979, discover how the world celebrated, feared and commercialized the spectacular event. Read More

Independence Day at the White House: 5 Fourth of July Tales
July 3, 2012

On the eve of Independence Day, get into the holiday spirit with five entertaining tales about Fourth of July celebrations at the White House. Read More

Tantalizing Theories About the Earhart Disappearance
July 2, 2012

Explore theories about Amelia Earhart’s final days—some more plausible than others. Read More