History

The Diplomat Who Saved Thousands of Jews During the Holocaust

Carl Lutz managed to save half of Budapest's Jewish population by exploiting the Nazi's respect for paperwork. It was a seemingly...

When James Baldwin and William Buckley Debated Race's Role...

In 1965, the two prominent intellectuals faced off in Cambridge, England over whether the American dream is at the expense of African...

8 Secret Features of Grand Central Terminal

Discover the secrets—and myths—within New York City's Grand Central Terminal, which first opened on February 2, 1913. On February...

Basquiat and Warhol: Inside Their Unlikely Artistic Collaborations

The young New York graffiti artist and Pop Art icon produced more than 150 works together. Critics in the '80s panned them. Now, some...

How Benjamin ‘Pap’ Singleton Led an Exodus of Freed Black...

Many of the migrants, known as the Exodusters, fled the South after Reconstruction, seeking land and opportunity in Kansas. During...

10 Daring Museum Heists

Famous artworks like 'The Mona Lisa' and 'The Scream' have been among the treasures stolen from museums, churches and castles. Mona...

6 of the Biggest International Jewel Heists

In most cases, millions of dollars worth of diamonds, gems and watches remain largely unrecovered. Real-life jewelry heists can be...

How Angela Davis Ended Up on the FBI Most Wanted List

The scholar and activist was sought and then arrested by the FBI in 1970—and the experience informed her life's work. On August 18,...

Alabama

Alabama became the 22nd state to join the Union in 1819 and was at the center of the American Civil Rights Movement during the mid-20th...

Illinois

French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette were the first Europeans to visit Illinois in 1673. The region was ceded to Britain...

Millions protest against the Iraq War in coordinated day...

On February 15, 2003, millions of people across over 600 cities worldwide take to the streets to protest the impending invasion of...

ACT UP holds its first action on Wall Street

On March 24, 1987, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) holds its first-ever demonstration on Wall Street—the world's financial...

Over 2,000 protesters occupy the Seabrook Nuclear Power...

On May 1, 1977, over 2,000 protesters occupy the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant construction site in New Hampshire; 1,414 of these activists...

“A Raisin in the Sun” debuts on Broadway

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, the first Broadway play written by a Black woman, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in...

William Carney becomes first Black American awarded the...

Recognized for heroically protecting the American flag during the Civil War, Army Sgt. William Harvey Carney receives the Medal of...

Ella Fitzgerald becomes first Black woman to win a Grammy...

Called the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald becomes the first Black woman to win a Grammy at the Recording Academy’s inaugural...