History

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Andy Warhol is born

Andy Warhol is born

Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the latter part of the 20th...

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First execution by electric chair

First execution by electric chair

At Auburn Prison in New York, the first execution by electrocution in history is...

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First draft of Constitution debated

First draft of Constitution debated

In Philadelphia, delegates to the Constitutional Convention begin debating the first...

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American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic...

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Joseph Force Crater becomes the missingest man in New
York

Joseph Force Crater becomes the missingest man in New York

On August 6, 1930, New York Supreme Court judge Joseph Force Crater vanished on...

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Vicki Draves and Sammy Lee become the first Asian Americans
to win an Olympic gold medal for the U.S.

Vicki Draves and Sammy Lee become the first Asian Americans...

On August 6, 1948, American diver Vicki Draves wins gold at the London Olympics....

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How Gymnast Mary Lou Retton Soared After She Won Gold at
1984 OIympics

How Gymnast Mary Lou Retton Soared After She Won Gold at...

With a dazzling performance in Los Angeles, the West Virginia native helped lay...

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First transatlantic telegraph cable completed

First transatlantic telegraph cable completed

After several unsuccessful attempts, the first telegraph line across the Atlantic...

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Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 air-traffic controllers

Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 air-traffic controllers

On August 5, 1981, President Ronald Reagan begins firing 11,359 air-traffic controllers...

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Divers recover U.S.S. Monitor turret

Divers recover U.S.S. Monitor turret

On August 5, 2002, the rusty iron gun turret of the U.S.S. Monitor broke from the...

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Crimean War

Crimean War

The Crimean War (1853-1856) stemmed from Russia’s threat to multiple European interests...

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How a Vaccine Slowed the Spread of Chicken Pox

How a Vaccine Slowed the Spread of Chicken Pox

The highly contagious disease dates to ancient times and spread easily in households...

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How a 1921 Baseball Radio Broadcast Marked the Dawn of
Sportscasting

How a 1921 Baseball Radio Broadcast Marked the Dawn of...

On August 5, 1921, Harold Arlin of KDKA in Pittsburgh voiced the first MLB game...

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Lizzie Borden's parents found dead

Lizzie Borden's parents found dead

On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden are found hacked to death in their Fall...

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Slain civil rights workers found

Slain civil rights workers found

The remains of three civil rights workers whose disappearance on June 21 garnered...

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George Washington becomes a Master Mason

George Washington becomes a Master Mason

George Washington, a young Virginia planter, becomes a Master Mason, the highest...

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Oscar Pistorius becomes the first amputee runner to compete
at the Olympics

Oscar Pistorius becomes the first amputee runner to compete...

On August 4, 2012 in London, Oscar Pistorius of South Africa becomes the first amputee...

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U.S. and Mexico sign the Mexican Farm Labor
Agreement

U.S. and Mexico sign the Mexican Farm Labor Agreement

On August 4, 1942, the United States and Mexico sign the Mexican Farm Labor Agreement,...

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Native American group occupies Mount Rushmore to protest
broken Treaty of Fort Laramie

Native American group occupies Mount Rushmore to protest...

Around dusk on the evening on August 29, 1970, a group of 23 Native American activists...

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AIDS activists unfurl a giant condom over Senator Jesse
Helms’ home

AIDS activists unfurl a giant condom over Senator Jesse...

On the sunny morning of September 5, 1991, in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Arlington,...

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Compared to His Sons, Archie Manning's NFL Career
Flopped

Compared to His Sons, Archie Manning's NFL Career Flopped

Drafted in 1971 by the New Orleans Saints, the 'Other' Manning Never Had a Winning...

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7 Common Foods Eaten in the 13 Colonies

7 Common Foods Eaten in the 13 Colonies

From potted meat to pickles to syllabub, here are some foods and beverages that...

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Columbus sets sail

Columbus sets sail

From the Spanish port of Palos, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sets sail...

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Sir Roger Casement hanged

Sir Roger Casement hanged

Sir Roger David Casement, an Irish-born diplomat who in 1911 was knighted by King...

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“The Macarena” begins its reign atop the U.S. pop
charts

“The Macarena” begins its reign atop the U.S. pop charts

If pop songs, like hurricanes, were rated on an objective scale according to their...

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Boeing 707 crashes into a mountain near Agadir,
Morocco

Boeing 707 crashes into a mountain near Agadir, Morocco

On August 3, 1975, a chartered Boeing 707 jetliner crashes in the Atlas Mountains...

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Calvin Coolidge takes oath of office after Warren G.
Harding’s death

Calvin Coolidge takes oath of office after Warren G. Harding’s...

On August 3, 1923, Calvin Coolidge is sworn in as the 30th president of the United...

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When a $3.5-Million Sale of Oakland A's Stars Rocked
Baseball

When a $3.5-Million Sale of Oakland A's Stars Rocked Baseball

Minutes before the 1976 MLB trade deadline, a flurry of sales went down—only to...

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The Rise and Fall of Telephone Operators

The Rise and Fall of Telephone Operators

As their numbers grew, women operators became a powerful force—for workers' rights...

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How Democracy Developed in Ancient Greece

How Democracy Developed in Ancient Greece

Athens developed a system in which every free Athenian man had a vote in the Assembly....

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President Warren G. Harding dies before scandals
break

President Warren G. Harding dies before scandals break

In a hotel in San Francisco, President Warren G. Harding dies of a stroke at the...

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Hitler becomes dictator of Germany

Hitler becomes dictator of Germany

With the death of German President Paul von Hindenburg, Chancellor Adolf Hitler...

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First World War erupts

First World War erupts

Four days after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Germany and Russia declare...

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Warsaw Revolt begins

Warsaw Revolt begins

During World War II, an advance Soviet armored column under General Konstantin Rokossovski...

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Columbus lands in South America

Columbus lands in South America

Explorer Christopher Columbus sets foot on the American mainland for the first time,...

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PT-109 sinks; Lieutenant Kennedy is instrumental in saving
crew

PT-109 sinks; Lieutenant Kennedy is instrumental in saving...

On August 1, 1943, a Japanese destroyer rams an American PT (patrol torpedo) boat,...

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George R.R. Martin’s "Game of Thrones" debuts

George R.R. Martin’s "Game of Thrones" debuts

On August 1, 1996, “A Game of Thrones,” an epic fantasy novel by George R.R. Martin,...

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Hitler oversees Berlin Olympics opening ceremony

Hitler oversees Berlin Olympics opening ceremony

As more than 5,000 athletes from 51 countries march into a stadium packed with 100,000...

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Anne Frank writes her last diary entry

Anne Frank writes her last diary entry

Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl hiding out in Nazi-occupied Holland whose diary...

Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, dies

Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order of Roman Catholic missionaries and...

Ranger 7 photographs moon

Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, takes the first close-up images of the moon—4,308...

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Philippe Petit walks on a tightrope between the Twin
Towers

Philippe Petit walks on a tightrope between the Twin Towers

High above the early-morning traffic in Lower Manhattan, a French street performer...

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When the College Football Stars Played NFL Champs

When the College Football Stars Played NFL Champs

The last game, a 24-0 win by the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in 1976,...

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First legislative assembly in America convenes in
Jamestown

First legislative assembly in America convenes in Jamestown

In Jamestown, Virginia, the first elected legislative assembly in the New World—the...

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Watergate affair approaches climax

Watergate affair approaches climax

Under coercion from the U.S. Supreme Court, President Richard M. Nixon releases...

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USS Indianapolis torpedoed

USS Indianapolis torpedoed

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and...

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The Troggs take their signature hit, “Wild Thing,” to
#1

The Troggs take their signature hit, “Wild Thing,” to #1

If there is one song that has been played more times by more bands in more garages...

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Maginot Line

Maginot Line

The Maginot Line, an array of defenses that France built along its border with Germany...

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How Nelson Mandela Used Rugby as a Symbol of South African
Unity

How Nelson Mandela Used Rugby as a Symbol of South African...

In a nation bitterly divided by apartheid, Mandela used the game to foster shared...

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10 Times Team USA Athletes Faltered at Summer
Olympics

10 Times Team USA Athletes Faltered at Summer Olympics

From superhyped decathlete Dave Johnson's bronze-medal showing to gymnast McKayla...

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Why America's Deadliest Wildfire Was Largely
Forgotten

Why America's Deadliest Wildfire Was Largely Forgotten

In 1871, the Wisconsin town of Peshtigo burned to the ground, killing up to 2,500....

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General Motors buys Cadillac

General Motors buys Cadillac

On July 29, 1909, the newly formed General Motors Corporation (GM) acquires the...

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Italian American assassinates Italian king

Italian American assassinates Italian king

In Monza, Italy, King Umberto I is shot to death by Gaetano Bresci, an Italian-born...

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Prince Charles marries Lady Diana

Prince Charles marries Lady Diana

Nearly one billion television viewers in 74 countries tune in to witness the marriage...

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Spanish Armada defeated

Spanish Armada defeated

Off the coast of Gravelines, France, Spain’s so-called “Invincible Armada” is defeated...

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The Doors score their first #1 hit with “Light My
Fire”

The Doors score their first #1 hit with “Light My Fire”

By the beginning of 1967, The Doors were well-established members of the Los Angeles...

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Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the Nazi Party

Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the Nazi Party

On July 29, 1921, Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the National Socialist German...

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What Caused the Bronze Age Collapse?

What Caused the Bronze Age Collapse?

More than 3,200 years ago, a vast, interconnected civilization thrived. Then it...

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Bonus Marchers evicted by U.S. Army

Bonus Marchers evicted by U.S. Army

During the Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover orders the U.S. Army under...

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One of the worst earthquakes in modern history destroys
Chinese city

One of the worst earthquakes in modern history destroys...

At 3:42 a.m., an earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 magnitude on the Richter...

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Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination for president,
becoming first woman to lead a major U.S. political party

Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination for president,...

95 years after women were first granted the right to vote, on July 28, 2016, former...

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The Harlem Riot of 1943 begins

The Harlem Riot of 1943 begins

Simmering racial tensions and economic frustrations boil over in New York City on...

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Bombing at Centennial Olympic Park

Bombing at Centennial Olympic Park

In Atlanta, Georgia, the XXVI Summer Olympiad is disrupted by the explosion of a...

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Scientists successfully isolate insulin

Scientists successfully isolate insulin

At the University of Toronto, Canadian scientists Frederick Banting and Charles...

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Robespierre overthrown in France

Robespierre overthrown in France

Maximilien Robespierre, the architect of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror,...

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First commercial jet makes test flight

First commercial jet makes test flight

On July 27, 1949, the world’s first jet-propelled airliner, the British De Havilland...

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8 Facts About Ancient Egypt's Hieroglyphic Writing

8 Facts About Ancient Egypt's Hieroglyphic Writing

The script found on the insides of ancient Egyptian temples, monuments and tombs...

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6 Times the Olympics Were Boycotted

6 Times the Olympics Were Boycotted

Disapproval over wars, invasions, apartheid and doping scandals have all prompted...

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Van McCoy’s “The Hustle” is the #1 song in America

Van McCoy’s “The Hustle” is the #1 song in America

For as popular as it was during much of the first half of the 20th century, couples...

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Winston Churchill resigns

Winston Churchill resigns

In the 11th hour of World War II, Winston Churchill is forced to resign as British...

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Liberian independence proclaimed

Liberian independence proclaimed

The Republic of Liberia, formerly a colony of the American Colonization Society,...

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Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal

Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal

The Suez Crisis begins when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the...

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FBI founded

FBI founded

On July 26, 1908, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is born when U.S. Attorney...

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U.S. forces invade Puerto Rico

U.S. forces invade Puerto Rico

During the Spanish-American War, U.S. forces launch their invasion of Puerto Rico,...

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Ships collide off Nantucket

Ships collide off Nantucket

At 11:10 p.m., 45 miles south of Nantucket Island, the Italian ocean liner Andrea...

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World’s first "test tube" baby born

World’s first "test tube" baby born

On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived via in...

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The first railroad accident

The first railroad accident

The first recorded railroad accident in U.S. history occurs when four people are...

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The 1917 Bath Riots

The 1917 Bath Riots

On the morning of January 28, 1917, a Mexican maid named Carmelita Torres refuses...

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Guns N’ Roses make popular breakthrough with “Sweet Child O’
Mine”

Guns N’ Roses make popular breakthrough with “Sweet Child...

In the 1980s, Los Angeles was a mecca for so-called “glam rock” bands and the “sex,...

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Detroit Riots of 1967 begin

Detroit Riots of 1967 begin

The 1967 Detroit Riots were among the bloodiest in American history. The strife...

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Military seizes power in Egypt

Military seizes power in Egypt

In Egypt, the Society of Free Officers seizes control of the government in a military...

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How Returning WWII Vets Helped Establish America’s
Motorcycle Gangs

How Returning WWII Vets Helped Establish America’s Motorcycle...

Biker clubs offered brotherhood and adventure for returning GIs, many of whom were...

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Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination, becoming
first woman to lead a major U.S. political party

Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination, becoming...

95 years after women were first granted the right to vote, on July 28, 2016, former...

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Benjamin Banneker writes to Thomas Jefferson, urging justice
for African Americans

Benjamin Banneker writes to Thomas Jefferson, urging justice...

On August 19, 1791, the accomplished American mathematician and astronomer Benjamin...

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Viking 1 lands on Mars

Viking 1 lands on Mars

On the seventh anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the Viking 1 lander,...

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Sitting Bull surrenders

Sitting Bull surrenders

Five years after General George A. Custer’s infamous defeat at the Battle of the...

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Jan and Dean’s “Surf City” hits #1

Jan and Dean’s “Surf City” hits #1

“Two girls for every boy!” went the immortal opening line from Jan and Dean’s “Surf...

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Aurora shooting leaves 12 dead, 70 wounded

Aurora shooting leaves 12 dead, 70 wounded

On July 20, 2012, a mass shooting occurs at a movie theater in Aurora, a Denver...

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Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle, arrives in the
U.S.

Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle, arrives in the...

On July 20, 1865, a Frenchman named Pierre Lallement arrives in the United States,...

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6 Common Jobs in Colonial America

6 Common Jobs in Colonial America

From wigmakers to bartenders to newspaper printers, see how people living in the...

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Lady Jane Grey deposed as Queen of England

Lady Jane Grey deposed as Queen of England

After only nine days as the monarch of England, Lady Jane Grey is deposed in favor...

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Seneca Falls Convention begins

Seneca Falls Convention begins

At the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York, a woman’s rights convention—the...

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The Modern Summer Olympic Games: A Timeline

The Modern Summer Olympic Games: A Timeline

From Athens to Tokyo, the Games have crossed five continents, withstood boycotts...

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Senator Ted Kennedy drives car off bridge at Chappaquiddick
Island

Senator Ted Kennedy drives car off bridge at Chappaquiddick...

Shortly after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy...

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Spanish Civil War breaks out

Spanish Civil War breaks out

On July 18, 1936, the Spanish Civil War begins as a revolt by right-wing Spanish...

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Video of Titanic wreckage released

Video of Titanic wreckage released

On July 18, 1986, new close-up videotapes of the sunken ocean liner Titanic are...

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Sitcom actress murdered; death prompts anti-stalking
legislation

Sitcom actress murdered; death prompts anti-stalking legislation

On July 18, 1989, the 21-year-old actress Rebecca Schaeffer is murdered at her Los...

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Barack Obama’s “Dreams from My Father” is published

Barack Obama’s “Dreams from My Father” is published

On July 18, 1995, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, a memoir...

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Three-point seatbelt inventor Nils Bohlin born

Three-point seatbelt inventor Nils Bohlin born

Nils Bohlin, the Swedish engineer and inventor responsible for the three-point lap...

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Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan crosses the Atlantic

Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan crosses the Atlantic

Douglas Corrigan, the last of the early glory-seeking fliers, takes off from Floyd...

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Superpowers meet in space

Superpowers meet in space

As part of a mission aimed at developing space rescue capability, the U.S. spacecraft...

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Flight 800 explodes over Long Island

Flight 800 explodes over Long Island

Shortly after takeoff from New York’s Kennedy International Airport, a TWA Boeing...

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shot down over the
Ukraine-Russia border

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shot down over the Ukraine-Russia...

On July 17, halfway through a flight from Amsterdam to Malaysia, a passenger plane...

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The Most Influential Classic Shows from TV's ‘Golden
Age’

The Most Influential Classic Shows from TV's ‘Golden Age’

Pioneering shows from the 1950s, like 'I Love Lucy,' would help shape the medium...

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9 Most Badass Weapons in History

9 Most Badass Weapons in History

These nine weapons bring pain in the most severe way. From razor-sharp steel whips...

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World’s first parking meter installed

World’s first parking meter installed

The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed on the...

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Apollo 11 departs Earth

Apollo 11 departs Earth

At 9:32 a.m. EDT, Apollo 11, the first U.S. lunar landing mission, is launched on...

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First Catholic mission in California dedicated

First Catholic mission in California dedicated

Father Junípero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan missionary, founds the first Catholic...

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JFK Jr. killed in plane crash

JFK Jr. killed in plane crash

On July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy, Jr.; his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy; and...

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The first atomic bomb test is successfully exploded

The first atomic bomb test is successfully exploded

On July 16, 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project yields explosive results...

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Amazon opens for business

Amazon opens for business

On July 16, 1995, Amazon officially opens for business as an online bookseller....

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How Early Humans Survived the Ice Age

How Early Humans Survived the Ice Age

Our human ancestors' big, creative brains helped them devise tools and strategies...

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Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” is a Muslim holiday that signifies the...

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Fashion designer Gianni Versace murdered by Andrew Cunanan
in killing spree

Fashion designer Gianni Versace murdered by Andrew Cunanan...

Spree killer Andrew Cunanan murders world-renowned Italian fashion designer Gianni...

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Pike expedition sets out across the American
Southwest

Pike expedition sets out across the American Southwest

Zebulon Pike, the U.S. Army officer who in 1805 led an exploring party in search...

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Mariner 4 studies Martian surface

Mariner 4 studies Martian surface

The unmanned spacecraft Mariner 4 passes over Mars at an altitude of 6,000 feet...

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Twitter launches

Twitter launches

On July 15, 2006, the San Francisco-based podcasting company Odeo officially releases...

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Jerusalem captured in First Crusade

Jerusalem captured in First Crusade

During the First Crusade, Christian knights from Europe capture Jerusalem after...

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Terrorist drives truck through a Bastille Day
celebration

Terrorist drives truck through a Bastille Day celebration

On July 14, 2016, thousands gathered along the seafront of Nice, France to celebrate...

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Iran-Iraq War

Iran-Iraq War

In September 1980, Iraqi forces launched a full-scale invasion of neighboring Iran,...

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John Smith

John Smith

English soldier and explorer Captain John Smith played a key role in the founding...

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Why the Nile River Was So Important to Ancient Egypt

Why the Nile River Was So Important to Ancient Egypt

From nourishing agricultural soil to serving as a transportation route, the Nile...

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What Happened to TWA Flight 800?

What Happened to TWA Flight 800?

Speculation fueled theories that a terrorist act had caused the crash that killed...

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Medal of Honor created

Medal of Honor created

President Abraham Lincoln signs into law a measure calling for the awarding of a...

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Skylab crashes to Earth

Skylab crashes to Earth

Parts of Skylab, America’s first space station, come crashing down on Australia...

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U.S. establishes diplomatic relations with Vietnam

U.S. establishes diplomatic relations with Vietnam

Two decades after the Fall of Saigon, President Bill Clinton establishes full diplomatic...

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First Quaker colonists land at Boston

First Quaker colonists land at Boston

Ann Austin and Mary Fisher, two Englishwomen, become the first Quakers to immigrate...

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” published

“To Kill a Mockingbird” published

On July 11, 1960, the 34-year-old novelist Nelle Harper Lee publishes her first...

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U.S. patent issued for three-point seatbelt

U.S. patent issued for three-point seatbelt

The United States Patent Office issues the Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin a patent...

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Allies land on Sicily

Allies land on Sicily

On July 10, 1943, the Allies begin their invasion of Axis-controlled Europe with...

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A bomb sinks the Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace’s flagship
vessel

A bomb sinks the Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace’s flagship...

In Auckland harbor in New Zealand, Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior sinks after French...

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Last of Thai soccer team rescued from cave

Last of Thai soccer team rescued from cave

In a search and rescue scramble that gripped the world’s attention for more than...

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History of Flight: From Breakthroughs to Disasters

History of Flight: From Breakthroughs to Disasters

From hot-air balloons floating over Paris to a dirigible crashing over New Jersey,...

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneels during national anthem,
gives interview about it for the first time

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneels during national anthem,...

At an NFL preseason game on August 26, 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin...

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HIV-positive Ray brothers' home burned down

HIV-positive Ray brothers' home burned down

On August 29, 1987, the home of the Ray brothers—three HIV-positive Florida boys—burns...

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First female army officer is appointed

First female army officer is appointed

In a ceremony held at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, General Dwight D. Eisenhower...

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Romanov remains identified using DNA

Romanov remains identified using DNA

British forensic scientists announce that they have positively identified the remains...

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Bob Dylan records “Blowin’ In The Wind”

Bob Dylan records “Blowin’ In The Wind”

“This here ain’t no protest song or anything like that, ’cause I don’t write no...

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Soviet Premier Khrushchev and President Eisenhower trade
threats over Cuba

Soviet Premier Khrushchev and President Eisenhower trade...

President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev trade verbal...

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Catherine the Great assumes power

Catherine the Great assumes power

On July 9, 1762, the wife of Russia’s new emperor, Peter III, rallies the army regiments...

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Venus Williams wins Wimbledon for the first time

Venus Williams wins Wimbledon for the first time

On July 9, 2000, Venus Williams wins at Wimbledon for the first time. Her victory...

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10 Amazing Ancient Olympic Facts

10 Amazing Ancient Olympic Facts

From naked athletes to foot-only races, these are 10 surprising facts you didn’t...

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6 Times the Filibuster Helped Senators Kill Big
Bills

6 Times the Filibuster Helped Senators Kill Big Bills

The filibuster has blocked voting reform, anti-lynching bills and an amendment to...

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Commodore Perry sails into Tokyo Bay

Commodore Perry sails into Tokyo Bay

Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, representing the U.S. government, sails into...

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MacArthur named Korean commander

MacArthur named Korean commander

The day after the U.N. Security Council recommended that all U.N. forces in Korea...

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North Korea’s “Great Leader” dies

North Korea’s “Great Leader” dies

Kim Il-Sung, the communist dictator of North Korea since 1948, dies of a heart attack...

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Liberty Bell tolls to announce Declaration of
Independence

Liberty Bell tolls to announce Declaration of Independence

On July 8, 1776, a 2,000-pound copper-and-tin bell now known as the “Liberty Bell”...

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10 Times the Earth Was Almost Destroyed

10 Times the Earth Was Almost Destroyed

From naked athletes to foot-only races, these are 10 surprising facts you didn’t...

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9 Intrepid Women Explorers

9 Intrepid Women Explorers

From a Viking 'far traveler' to a Soviet cosmonaut, these fearless women blazed...

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Wimbledon Served as a Military Camp and Pig Farm During
World War II

Wimbledon Served as a Military Camp and Pig Farm During...

The tennis club's center court even took a direct hit from a 500-pound German bomb....

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Anne Frank’s family takes refuge

Anne Frank’s family takes refuge

In Nazi-occupied Holland, 13-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family are...

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Women inducted into U.S. Naval Academy for the first
time

Women inducted into U.S. Naval Academy for the first time

In Annapolis, Maryland, the United States Naval Academy admits women for the first...

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Fire engulfs circus big top in Hartford, killing 167

Fire engulfs circus big top in Hartford, killing 167

In Hartford, Connecticut, a fire breaks out under the big top of the Ringling Bros....

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Congress issues a “Declaration on the Causes and Necessity
of Taking Up Arms”

Congress issues a “Declaration on the Causes and Necessity...

On July 6, 1775, one day after restating their fidelity to King George III and wishing...

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Major League Baseball’s first All-Star Game is held

Major League Baseball’s first All-Star Game is held

On July 6, 1933, Major League Baseball’s first All-Star Game took place at Chicago’s...

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Pathfinder lands on Mars

Pathfinder lands on Mars

After traveling 120 million miles in seven months, NASA’s Mars Pathfinder becomes...

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France gives the Statue of Liberty to the United
States

France gives the Statue of Liberty to the United States

In a ceremony held in Paris on July 4, 1884, the completed Statue of Liberty is...

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U.S. warship downs Iranian passenger jet

U.S. warship downs Iranian passenger jet

In the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy cruiser Vincennes shoots down an Iranian passenger...

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Amelia Earhart disappears

Amelia Earhart disappears

On July 2, 1937, the Lockheed aircraft carrying American aviator Amelia Earhart...

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Mutiny on the Amistad

Mutiny on the Amistad

Early in the morning, enslaved Africans on the Cuban schooner Amistad rise up against...

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“Gonna Fly Now (Theme From ‘Rocky’)” is the #1 song on the
U.S. pop charts

“Gonna Fly Now (Theme From ‘Rocky’)” is the #1 song on...

On July 2, 1977, Hollywood composer Bill Conti scores a #1 pop hit with the single...

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Hitler purges members of his own Nazi party in Night of the
Long Knives

Hitler purges members of his own Nazi party in Night of...

In Germany, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler orders a bloody purge of his own political...

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Soviet cosmonauts perish in reentry disaster

Soviet cosmonauts perish in reentry disaster

The three Soviet cosmonauts who served as the first crew of the world’s first space...

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Spanish retreat from Aztec capital

Spanish retreat from Aztec capital

June 30, 1520: Faced with an Aztec revolt against their rule, forces under the Spanish...

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Daredevil crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope

Daredevil crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope

Jean Francois Gravelet, a Frenchman known professionally as Charles Blondin, becomes...

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Soviet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from
U.S.S.R.

Soviet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from U.S.S.R.

Considered one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers of all time, Soviet virtuoso...

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Wounded soldiers evacuated from the Little Big Horn by
steamboat

Wounded soldiers evacuated from the Little Big Horn by...

After a slow two-day march, the wounded soldiers from the Battle of the Little Big...

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Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Finis Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of...

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Bank War

Bank War

The Bank War was the political struggle that ensued over the fate of the Second...

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Sam Houston

Sam Houston

Sam Houston was a Tennessee-born lawyer, soldier and politician who gained enduring...

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Who Invented TV?

Who Invented TV?

Multiple inventors deserve credit for the technology, which had its origins in the...

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How 19th-Century Drag Balls Evolved into House Balls,
Birthplace of Voguing

How 19th-Century Drag Balls Evolved into House Balls, Birthplace...

Harlem drag balls thrived during the post-Civil War era, creating a space where...

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When Henry VIII Wrestled the King of France—and Lost

When Henry VIII Wrestled the King of France—and Lost

The grappling allegedly took place at the Field of Cloth of Gold, a royal sporting...

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How Thomas Paine's 'Common Sense' Helped Inspire the
American Revolution

How Thomas Paine's 'Common Sense' Helped Inspire the American...

The 47-page pamphlet took colonial America by storm in 1776 and made critical arguments...

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Bald Eagle removed from list of threatened species

Bald Eagle removed from list of threatened species

On June 28, 2007, the United States removes one of its most commonly-used national...

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Activist Bree Newsome removes Confederate flag from South
Carolina State House

Activist Bree Newsome removes Confederate flag from South...

On the morning of June 27, 2015, activists posing as joggers signal to one of their...

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Rejected Books of the Bible and What Happened to
Them

Rejected Books of the Bible and What Happened to Them

Believe it or not, some books just didn’t make the cut to be in the Bible. Watch...

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How the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg Emboldened German Forces
at the Start of WWI

How the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg Emboldened German Forces...

The 1914 conflict dealt a defeat so devastating that it drove a Russian general...

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Union begins tunneling toward Rebels at Petersburg

Union begins tunneling toward Rebels at Petersburg

Pennsylvania troops begin digging a tunnel toward the Rebels at Petersburg, Virginia,...

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Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S.
airmen

Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S. airmen

On June 25, 1996, a tanker truck loaded with 25,000 pounds of explosives rips through...

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Why the FBI Saw Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Communist
Threat

Why the FBI Saw Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Communist...

Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover had made his career fighting the perceived threat...

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The Costa Concordia Disaster: How Human Error Made It
Worse

The Costa Concordia Disaster: How Human Error Made It Worse

A captain and his crew needlessly endangered the lives of those on board. Many famous...

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Thai soccer team becomes trapped in cave

Thai soccer team becomes trapped in cave

It started as a fun after-practice excursion. On June 23, 2018, Ekkapol Chantawong,...

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Zong slave ship trial

Zong slave ship trial

Hearing arguments in the case of the Zong, a slave ship, the Chief Justice of the...

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Lawrence v. Texas is decided

Lawrence v. Texas is decided

On June 26, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Texas’ sodomy laws, along...

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Felipe VI becomes king of Spain after Juan Carlos I
abdicates

Felipe VI becomes king of Spain after Juan Carlos I abdicates

When the clock struck midnight on June 19, 2014, King Juan Carlos I of Spain’s nearly...

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Abolition of slavery announced in Texas on
"Juneteenth"

Abolition of slavery announced in Texas on "Juneteenth"

In what is now known as Juneteenth, on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrive in Galveston,...

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Vincent Chin is murdered

Vincent Chin is murdered

Chinese American Vincent Chin, 27, is beaten in the head with a baseball bat by...

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7 of History's Most Devastating Bridge Collapses

7 of History's Most Devastating Bridge Collapses

The disasters had a wide range of causes, from marching soldiers to a circus clown...

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10 Biggest Myths About the Founding Fathers

10 Biggest Myths About the Founding Fathers

It turns out a lot of what we learned about the founding fathers wasn’t true. Find...

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The 1967 Riots: When Outrage Over Racial Injustice Boiled
Over

The 1967 Riots: When Outrage Over Racial Injustice Boiled...

In what came to be known as the 'long, hot summer,' US cities exploded—more than...

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Charleston church shooting

Charleston church shooting

On the evening of June 17, 2015, a mass shooter took the lives of nine African American...

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8 Astounding Moments in Women’s Olympic Gymnastics

8 Astounding Moments in Women’s Olympic Gymnastics

From Olga Korbut’s famous flip to Kerri Strug's vault landing to Simone Biles’ multiple...

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“Solidarity Day” rally at Resurrection City

“Solidarity Day” rally at Resurrection City

On June 19, 1968, a long-term anti-poverty demonstration known as Resurrection City...

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When Protesters Occupied D.C. for Six Muddy Weeks to Demand
Economic Justice

When Protesters Occupied D.C. for Six Muddy Weeks to Demand...

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign took protest to a whole new level...

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All Amendments to the US Constitution

All Amendments to the US Constitution

Since the Constitution was ratified in 1789, hundreds of thousands of bills have...

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Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Lincoln-Douglas Debates

In 1958, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas traveled the country and engaged in...

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AIDS Crisis Timeline

AIDS Crisis Timeline

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a virus that had previously appeared sporadically...

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Five people shot, including Republican congressman, at
baseball practice

Five people shot, including Republican congressman, at...

On June 14, 2017, a gunman walked onto a baseball field at Eugene Simpson Park in...

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Grenfell Tower fire kills 72 in London

Grenfell Tower fire kills 72 in London

Shortly before 1:00 A.M. on June 14, 2017, a fire tears through West London’s 24-story...

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Otto Warmbier returns from North Korean prison in a
coma

Otto Warmbier returns from North Korean prison in a coma

On June 12, 2017 Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old student who was taken prisoner in...

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Terrorist gunman attacks Pulse Nightclub in Orlando,
Florida

Terrorist gunman attacks Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida

As Latin music blared inside Pulse, one of Orlando’s biggest nightclubs on June...

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How Title IX Transformed Women's Sports

How Title IX Transformed Women's Sports

The groundbreaking gender equity law made a lasting impact by increasing the participation...

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How Greg Louganis' Olympic Diving Accident Forced a
Conversation About AIDS

How Greg Louganis' Olympic Diving Accident Forced a Conversation...

During a time when fear and stigma around AIDS and LGBTQ identity were pervasive,...

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10 Famous Horse Racing Scandals

10 Famous Horse Racing Scandals

From race-fixing and horse switches to performance-enhancing drugs, some will do...

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Battle Tech That Changed Military Conflict Forever

Battle Tech That Changed Military Conflict Forever

From chariots to tanks and everything in-between, these pieces of battle tech have...

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How Jesse Owens Foiled Hitler's Plans for the 1936
Olympics

How Jesse Owens Foiled Hitler's Plans for the 1936 Olympics

The African American track star hardly derailed Nazi plans for global disruption,...

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How World War II Spurred a Decade of Women’s Pro
Baseball

How World War II Spurred a Decade of Women’s Pro Baseball

The league was supposed to be temporary, but went on for 12 seasons. When the United...

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Inside RFK's Funeral Train: How His Final Journey Helped a
Nation Grieve

Inside RFK's Funeral Train: How His Final Journey Helped...

The New York-to-Washington train had 21 cars, 700 passengers—and millions of trackside...

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Edward Snowden discloses U.S. government operations

Edward Snowden discloses U.S. government operations

On June 6, 2013, Americans learned that their government was spying broadly on its...

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How American Icon Henry Ford Fostered Anti-Semitism

How American Icon Henry Ford Fostered Anti-Semitism

The man known for changing the auto industry also used his immense power and influence...

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‘Blood in the Water’: The Cold War Olympic Showdown Between
Hungary and the USSR

‘Blood in the Water’: The Cold War Olympic Showdown Between...

Just weeks before the match, Soviet tanks and troops brutally crushed the short-lived...

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How Billie Jean King Led the Equal Pay for Play
Battle

How Billie Jean King Led the Equal Pay for Play Battle

From the start, the 39-time Grand Slam winner showed that she wasn’t just an ace...

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8 Incredible Inventions of the Indigenous People of the
Americas

8 Incredible Inventions of the Indigenous People of the...

History Countdown: From goggles to kayaks and much more, these are eight inventions...

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Why Mixed-Race Children in Post-WWII Germany Were Deemed a
‘Social Problem’

Why Mixed-Race Children in Post-WWII Germany Were Deemed...

As racism impacted both sides of the Atlantic, ‘Brown Babies’, the children born...

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Terrorists attack London Bridge

Terrorists attack London Bridge

During one horrific 8-minute period on June 3, 2017, eight people were killed as...

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Zoot Suit Riots begin in Los Angeles

Zoot Suit Riots begin in Los Angeles

On June 3, 1943, a group of U.S. sailors marches through downtown Los Angeles, carrying...

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How AIDS Activists Used ‘Die-Ins’ to Demand Attention to the
Growing Epidemic

How AIDS Activists Used ‘Die-Ins’ to Demand Attention to...

Protesters feigned mass death to shock and shame government, industry and the media...

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First scientific report on AIDS is published

First scientific report on AIDS is published

On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes an article...

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When Joe Louis Boxed Nazi Favorite Max Schmeling

When Joe Louis Boxed Nazi Favorite Max Schmeling

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party loomed over Europe, an American and a German...

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter announces resignation amidst
corruption scandal

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announces resignation amidst...

On June 2, 2015, Sepp Blatter, president of international soccer’s governing body...

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The Queer Victorian Doctors Who Paved the Way for Women in
Medicine

The Queer Victorian Doctors Who Paved the Way for Women...

In an era when women were discouraged from all professional fields, these women...

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‘Miracle on Ice’: When the US Olympic Hockey Team Stunned
the World

‘Miracle on Ice’: When the US Olympic Hockey Team Stunned...

Grit and an eccentric coach both played a part when the American hockey squad beat...

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Tulsa Race Massacre begins

Tulsa Race Massacre begins

Beginning on the night of May 31, 1921, thousands of white citizens in Tulsa, Oklahoma...

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The Tulsa Race Massacre: Facts About the Attack

The Tulsa Race Massacre: Facts About the Attack

The Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma had flourished as a neighborhood built...

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Sojourner Truth delivers powerful speech on African American
women's rights

Sojourner Truth delivers powerful speech on African American...

At the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention, on May 29, 1851, the formerly enslaved woman, Sojourner...

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Terrorists attack Ahmadiyya mosques in Pakistan

Terrorists attack Ahmadiyya mosques in Pakistan

As Friday prayers came to a close on May 28, 2010 in Lahore, Pakistan, seven terrorists...

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10 More Lost Civilizations You've Never Heard of

10 More Lost Civilizations You've Never Heard of

Discover the true story of ancient, but lesser known, civilizations like Nineveh,...

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Ship carrying 937 Jewish refugees, fleeing Nazi Germany, is
turned away in Cuba

Ship carrying 937 Jewish refugees, fleeing Nazi Germany,...

A boat carrying 937 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution is turned away from...

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British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck

British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck

On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North...

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9 Doping Scandals That Changed Sports

9 Doping Scandals That Changed Sports

Athletes have always been driven to win, but the advent of performance-enhancing...

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Why Black American Athletes Raised Their Fists at the 1968
Olympics

Why Black American Athletes Raised Their Fists at the 1968...

After sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a defiant gesture from the awards...

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6-year-old Etan Patz—boy on milk carton—goes missing

6-year-old Etan Patz—boy on milk carton—goes missing

On the morning of May 25, 1979, six-year-old Etan Patz walked the two blocks from...

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George Floyd is killed by a police officer, igniting
historic protests

George Floyd is killed by a police officer, igniting historic...

On the evening of May 25, 2020, white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kills...

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10 Military Inventions We Use Every Day

10 Military Inventions We Use Every Day

Many inventions that we use today were invented by the military—from zippers to...

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Munich Massacre

Munich Massacre

The Munich Massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West...

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Tulsa’s 'Black Wall Street': Before, During and After the
Massacre

Tulsa’s 'Black Wall Street': Before, During and After the...

Photos of the Greenwood district of Tulsa reveal how the African American community...

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4 Black Baseball Players Who Followed Jackie Robinson's Lead
in 1947

4 Black Baseball Players Who Followed Jackie Robinson's...

After Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, four other...

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How the AIDS Quilt Allowed Millions to Memorialize the
Epidemic

How the AIDS Quilt Allowed Millions to Memorialize the...

The AIDS Memorial Quilt—with 1,920 individual panels, each inscribed with the names...

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Manchester Arena bombed during Ariana Grande concert

Manchester Arena bombed during Ariana Grande concert

Just moments after Ariana Grande finished the final song of her May 22, 2017 concert...

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How Two Vietnamese Sisters Led a Revolt Against Chinese
Invaders—in the 1st Century

How Two Vietnamese Sisters Led a Revolt Against Chinese...

Armed with swords, bows and arrows, axes and spears, the Trung sisters and their...

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How Hernán Cortés Conquered the Aztec Empire

How Hernán Cortés Conquered the Aztec Empire

The year 2021 marks the 500-year anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlán, the fabled...

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5 of the Most Significant Impact Craters in North
America

5 of the Most Significant Impact Craters in North America

Meteors, comets and asteroids have slammed into the earth with a force many times...

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A Timeline of U.S. Anti-War Protests

A Timeline of U.S. Anti-War Protests

Anti-war movements date back to the birth of the United States. The history of anti-war...

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Why the Tennessee Valley Authority was the New Deal’s Most
Ambitious—and Controversial—Program

Why the Tennessee Valley Authority was the New Deal’s Most...

The TVA was a model for rural electrification in the South, but it displaced thousands...

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Cicada Swarms Were Documented by a Black Naturalist in the
18th Century

Cicada Swarms Were Documented by a Black Naturalist in...

Benjamin Banneker was just 17 when he first studied overwhelming broods of cicadas...

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Potsdam Conference

Potsdam Conference

The leaders of the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union—the Big Three...

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New York City’s Chinatown shuts down to protest police
brutality

New York City’s Chinatown shuts down to protest police...

New York City’s Chinatown is almost entirely shut down on May 19, 1975, with shuttered...

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5 of History's Deadliest Bear Attacks

5 of History's Deadliest Bear Attacks

Hungry bears—whether grizzly, black, brown or polar—can be shockingly brutal. Few...

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The Unsung African American Scientists of the Manhattan
Project

The Unsung African American Scientists of the Manhattan...

At least 12 Black chemists and physicists worked as primary researchers on the team...

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How the Shocking Use of Gas in World War I Led Nations to
Ban It

How the Shocking Use of Gas in World War I Led Nations...

The Germans were the first to successfully weaponize gas in World War I—to horrifying...

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GE finally initiates cleanup of polluted Hudson
River

GE finally initiates cleanup of polluted Hudson River

After decades of environmental damage and legal wrangling, General Electric finally...

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History Shorts: The First Valentine

History Shorts: The First Valentine

While Valentine's Day is shared by lovers sharing time together, one of the first...

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History Shorts: Medal of Honor

History Shorts: Medal of Honor

Mary Edwards Walker was the first woman to receive the Medal of Honor, but her fight...

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This Week in History: Houdini

This Week in History: Houdini

Harry Houdini is still known today as history's most famous magician, but there...

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History Shorts: Elena Kagan Rises to the Bench

History Shorts: Elena Kagan Rises to the Bench

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan previously served on the other side of the bench...

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9 Entrepreneurs Who Helped Build Tulsa's Black Wall
Street

9 Entrepreneurs Who Helped Build Tulsa's Black Wall Street

Before the Tulsa Race Massacre, the city’s African American district thrived as...

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History Shorts: The Moment Behind International Holocaust
Remembrance Day

History Shorts: The Moment Behind International Holocaust...

Of all the horrific days throughout the Holocaust, the day many choose to remember...

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How Mohawk ‘Skywalkers’ Helped Build New York City's Tallest
Buildings

How Mohawk ‘Skywalkers’ Helped Build New York City's Tallest...

Native American riveting gangs worked on the 'high steel' for iconic structures...

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9 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of Ancient History

9 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of Ancient History

Some mysteries we may never find the answer to, but some are begging to be solved....

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History Shorts: Turning Over the White House

History Shorts: Turning Over the White House

The White House is meant to reflect its occupant, and when a new president comes...

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History Shorts: The Power Grab Behind Gerrymandering

History Shorts: The Power Grab Behind Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is almost as old as the United States itself, named for a governor...

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History Shorts: The Record-Setting Filibuster to Deny Civil
Rights

History Shorts: The Record-Setting Filibuster to Deny Civil...

Filibustering is a long and strange tradition, and its record-setting moment came...

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History Shorts: The Story Behind Kwanzaa

History Shorts: The Story Behind Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa didn't just appear spontaneously—it was specifically designed to heal a...

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History Shorts: The Revolving Doors of Ellis Island

History Shorts: The Revolving Doors of Ellis Island

Ellis Island is known in history as a place that welcomed America's immigrants,...

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How Jim Crow-Era Laws Suppressed the African American Vote
for Generations

How Jim Crow-Era Laws Suppressed the African American Vote...

In the wake of the 15th Amendment and Reconstruction, several southern states enacted...

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What Role Did Airplanes Play in the Tulsa Race
Massacre?

What Role Did Airplanes Play in the Tulsa Race Massacre?

Few historians dispute that planes flew low over the city's prosperous Black district...

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How Bank Failures Contributed to the Great
Depression

How Bank Failures Contributed to the Great Depression

Were financial institutions victims—or culprits? On the surface, everything was...

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The US Funded Universal Childcare During World War II—Then
Stopped

The US Funded Universal Childcare During World War II—Then...

Federally-subsidized childcare centers took care of an estimated 550,000 to 600,000...

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The Chinese-Born Engineer Who Helped Launch US Commercial
Aviation

The Chinese-Born Engineer Who Helped Launch US Commercial...

Wong Tsu’s 10 months at Boeing in 1916-17 led to the fledgling airplane manufacturer's...

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History Shorts: Earth Day's Environmental Origins

History Shorts: Earth Day's Environmental Origins

Environmental issues have long faced our planet, but what did it finally take to...

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History Shorts: How Apollo 13 Found Its Way Home

History Shorts: How Apollo 13 Found Its Way Home

Stranded in space, the Apollo 13 astronauts managed to find their way back home...

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History Shorts: When an Undocumented Immigrant Became a War
Hero

History Shorts: When an Undocumented Immigrant Became a...

Marcelino Serna came to the U.S. as a undocumented immigrant, and within just a...

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History Shorts: Who Wrote the U.S. Constitution?

History Shorts: Who Wrote the U.S. Constitution?

The U.S. Constitution was a group effort of some of the country's greatest minds,...

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America 101: What is a Contested Election?

America 101: What is a Contested Election?

Learn more about the history of contested elections. Learn more about the history...

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America 101: What are the Nastiest Campaigns in
History?

America 101: What are the Nastiest Campaigns in History?

Find out the history behind the nastiest campaigns in history. Find out the history...

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History Shorts: Who Built the White House?

History Shorts: Who Built the White House?

The White House is one of the great patriotic symbols of America, but its construction...

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History Shorts: The First Hispanic Congressman Fights for
His Seat

History Shorts: The First Hispanic Congressman Fights for...

Representation matters, and Romauldo Pacheco proved that as the first Hispanic Congressman...

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History Shorts: Dolores Huerta Organizes a Movement

History Shorts: Dolores Huerta Organizes a Movement

While many know the name Cesar Chavez today, his most trusted lieutenant was just...

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History Shorts: Skipping a Presidential Debate

History Shorts: Skipping a Presidential Debate

Presidential debates are seen as a quadrennial tradition today, but history shows...

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History Shorts: Mail-In Voting for Honest Abe

History Shorts: Mail-In Voting for Honest Abe

Voting by mail is nothing new, and its origins lie in part in Abraham Lincoln's...

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History Shorts: Eleanor Roosevelt's Diplomatic Fight for
Human Rights

History Shorts: Eleanor Roosevelt's Diplomatic Fight for...

Eleanor Roosevelt became well-known as FDR's first lady, but her contributions towards...

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History Shorts: The Electoral College's Slaveholding
Origins

History Shorts: The Electoral College's Slaveholding Origins

Many find the Electoral College a frustrating system, and its history may force...

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History Shorts: Hanukkah's Celebration of Religious
Freedom

History Shorts: Hanukkah's Celebration of Religious Freedom

While Hanukkah is a religious holiday, its story is rooted in a violent conflict...

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History Shorts: Charles Norman Shay at D-Day

History Shorts: Charles Norman Shay at D-Day

Charles Norman Shay's heroics at D-Day are etched into history, and his perspective...

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History Shorts: A Lame Duck Crisis

History Shorts: A Lame Duck Crisis

When the lame duck period was much longer than it is today, two U.S. presidents...

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History Shorts: Isaac Newton's Genius in Quarantine (Forged
in Crisis)

History Shorts: Isaac Newton's Genius in Quarantine (Forged...

Isolated in his family home from the Black Plague, Isaac Newton devised some of...

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Teddy Roosevelt’s trip to San Francisco is captured on
film

Teddy Roosevelt’s trip to San Francisco is captured on...

On May 12, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt’s trip to San Francisco is captured...

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Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr

The religious festival Eid al-Fitr, or the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” is one...

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One of the Earliest US Car Companies Was Founded by a
Formerly Enslaved Man

One of the Earliest US Car Companies Was Founded by a Formerly...

C.R. Patterson & Sons, which started as a carriage building firm, produced luxury...

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When West Coast Cities Tried to Drive Out Their
Chinatowns

When West Coast Cities Tried to Drive Out Their Chinatowns

In the 1880s, mobs in Tacoma and Seattle forcibly expelled Chinese residents. In...

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The First Asian American Settlement Was Established by
Filipino Fishermen

The First Asian American Settlement Was Established by...

The fishing village in marshlands of present-day Louisiana was settled by the so-called...

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President Nixon meets with anti-war protesters at the
Lincoln Memorial

President Nixon meets with anti-war protesters at the Lincoln...

In the early hours of May 9, 1970, a frazzled President Richard Nixon embarks upon...

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General Lee’s army beats Grant’s Union troops to
Spotsylvania

General Lee’s army beats Grant’s Union troops to Spotsylvania

On May 8, 1864, Yankee troops arrive at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, to find...

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Car History Timeline: From 3-Wheeled Buggies to Self-Driving
Vehicles

Car History Timeline: From 3-Wheeled Buggies to Self-Driving...

Here are the milestones and innovations that drove the automotive revolution. Few...

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What Caused the Korean War and Why Did the US Get
Involved?

What Caused the Korean War and Why Did the US Get Involved?

The war, one of the earliest Cold War conflicts, was a civil war that became a proxy...

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History Shorts: Getting Back to Sports After a 1918 Pandemic
(Forged in Crisis)

History Shorts: Getting Back to Sports After a 1918 Pandemic...

Faced with the Spanish Flu pandemic, sports across America were forced to adapt,...

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History Shorts: How NYC Battled an Epidemic After WWI
(Forged in Crisis)

History Shorts: How NYC Battled an Epidemic After WWI (Forged...

After the Spanish Flu descended on New York City in 1918, its citizens did everything...

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History Shorts: The Doctor Who Stopped An American Epidemic
(Forged in Crisis)

History Shorts: The Doctor Who Stopped An American Epidemic...

Dr. Maurice Hilleman was already an expert in viruses and vaccines when a strange...

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History Shorts: The Night Before D-Day

History Shorts: The Night Before D-Day

Under the cover of darkness, the Allies pulled off an operation in the hours before...

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History Shorts: Why Pomp and Circumstance Plays at
Graduations

History Shorts: Why Pomp and Circumstance Plays at Graduations

Pomp and Circumstance was originally used in King Edward VII’s coronation. Four...

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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 debuts

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 debuts

On May 7, 1824, Ludwig van Beethoven’s ninth and final symphony debuts at Vienna’s...

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First Japanese immigrant arrives in the U.S.

First Japanese immigrant arrives in the U.S.

Called the U.S.'s first ambassador to Japan, a 14-year-old fisherman by the name...

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Shirley Chisholm: A Groundbreaking Legacy

Shirley Chisholm: A Groundbreaking Legacy

In 1968 Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress, and in...

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History Shorts: John Snow Solves A Pandemic Puzzle

History Shorts: John Snow Solves A Pandemic Puzzle

A cholera outbreak in 19th century London led to a critical advance in public health....

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History Shorts: How Artists Helped End the Great
Depression

History Shorts: How Artists Helped End the Great Depression

By giving support to an army of creative workers, the government was able to lift...

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History Shorts: Why We Pay Income Taxes

History Shorts: Why We Pay Income Taxes

Income tax is seen as a part of American life, but this wasn't always the case....

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10 Biggest Treasure Discoveries

10 Biggest Treasure Discoveries

From priceless unknown tombs to sunken treasure worth billions of dollars. Discover...

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World War II Battles: Timeline

World War II Battles: Timeline

With Adolf Hitler leading a German invasion of Poland in 1939, World War II was...

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History Shorts: MLK's Final Cause

History Shorts: MLK's Final Cause

In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. expanded his cause beyond Civil...

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History Shorts: The First Skyscraper

History Shorts: The First Skyscraper

Out of the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire came a new and better way to build. Out...

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History Shorts: Dorothea Lange Documents America in
Crisis

History Shorts: Dorothea Lange Documents America in Crisis

Dorothea Lange captured the reality of the Great Depression in the faces of those...

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History Shorts: Protecting Cultural Treasures from
War

History Shorts: Protecting Cultural Treasures from War

A young artist made a pact to protect priceless works of art and cultural treasures...

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Operation Barbarossa

Operation Barbarossa

On June 22, 1941, Germany launched its invasion of the Soviet Union during World...

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"One Hundred Years of Solitude" is published

"One Hundred Years of Solitude" is published

On May 5, 1967, Gabriel Garcia Márquez's Cien años de soledad, or One Hundred Years...

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Chinese gold miners are slaughtered in the Hells Canyon
Massacre

Chinese gold miners are slaughtered in the Hells Canyon...

The Hells Canyon Massacre begins on May 27, 1887, in Lewiston, Washington Territory,...

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History Shorts: The Mother's Advice that Led to Women's
Suffrage

History Shorts: The Mother's Advice that Led to Women's...

Sometimes, it really does come down to one vote (and the voter's mother) to change...

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History Shorts: How the Atomic Bomb Was Used in WWII

History Shorts: How the Atomic Bomb Was Used in WWII

The United States' decision to use the atomic bomb was made after great debate,...

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Sojourner Truth delivers "Ain’t I a Woman?" speech

Sojourner Truth delivers "Ain’t I a Woman?" speech

At the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention, on May 29, 1851, the formerly enslaved Sojourner...

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History Shorts: The Gulf War on TV

History Shorts: The Gulf War on TV

The Gulf War changed how battles were fought, and how they were seen at home. The...

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History Shorts: FDR Takes the Democratic Convention by
Storm

History Shorts: FDR Takes the Democratic Convention by...

FDR's nomination as president in 1932 was far from a sure thing, the result of political...

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History Shorts: A Trailblazing Soldier Helps Build A
National Park

History Shorts: A Trailblazing Soldier Helps Build A National...

Colonel Charles Young overcame racism to rise through the ranks and create his legacy...

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Hells Canyon Massacre

Hells Canyon Massacre

In late-May 1887, around 30 Chinese laborers were mining gold in an isolated part...

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WWI's Battle of Messines: How Allies Used Massive Explosives
and Tunneling to Win

WWI's Battle of Messines: How Allies Used Massive Explosives...

The July 1917 Allied attack involved meticulous planning, tunneling and devastating...

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The Asian American Women Who Fought to Make Their Mark in
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The Asian American Women Who Fought to Make Their Mark...

They worked as pilots, translators, guerrilla fighters and more. Asian American...

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A lawmaker introduces the pun "May the Fourth be with you"
on the floor of U.K. Parliament

A lawmaker introduces the pun "May the Fourth be with you"...

On May 4, 1994, in a groan-inducing moment on the floor of U.K. Parliament, a lawmaker...

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Willie Mays breaks National League home run record

Willie Mays breaks National League home run record

On May 4, 1966, San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays hits his 512th career...

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Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain’s first female prime
minister

Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain’s first female prime...

Margaret Thatcher, leader of the Conservative Party, becomes Britain’s first female...

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Hitler Survives WWI

Hitler Survives WWI

Learn about Hitler's survival during WWI. Learn about Hitler's survival during WWI....

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Pancho Villa & The Mexican Revolution

Pancho Villa & The Mexican Revolution

Learn more about the history of Pancho Villa & The Mexican Revolution. Learn more...

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10 Things You Don't Know About: Prohibition

10 Things You Don't Know About: Prohibition

Here are ten things you didn't know about prohibition. Here are ten things you didn't...

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Airborne on D-Day

Airborne on D-Day

Learn more about the history of D-Day. Learn more about the history of D-Day.

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History Shorts: Roosevelt and Taft Battle at the RNC

History Shorts: Roosevelt and Taft Battle at the RNC

Two former friends became fierce rivals, and it all played out on one of the biggest...

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Supreme Court rules in Hernandez v. Texas, broadening civil
rights laws

Supreme Court rules in Hernandez v. Texas, broadening civil...

The Supreme Court issues a momentous ruling that clarified the way that the American...

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Why Stalin Tried to Stamp Out Religion in the Soviet
Union

Why Stalin Tried to Stamp Out Religion in the Soviet Union

Despite closing churches and synagogues, killing thousands of priests and imprisoning...

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8 Facts About Osama bin Laden's Final Hideout

8 Facts About Osama bin Laden's Final Hideout

Before the 9/11 mastermind was killed in a SEAL Team raid in his Abbottabad, Pakistan...

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6 World War II Innovations That Changed Everyday
Life

6 World War II Innovations That Changed Everyday Life

Radar, computers, penicillin and more all came out of development during the Second...

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The Mysterious History of Cattle Mutilation

The Mysterious History of Cattle Mutilation

Unexplained livestock mutilations have been reported for centuries. Explanations...

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The Bin Laden Raid: Inside the Situation Room Photo

The Bin Laden Raid: Inside the Situation Room Photo

The image captures a defining historic moment, as Barack Obama and his top advisers...

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How World War I Fueled the Russian Revolution

How World War I Fueled the Russian Revolution

Czar Nicholas' ineffective leadership and weak infrastructure during the war led...

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6 People Who Made Big Money During the Great
Depression

6 People Who Made Big Money During the Great Depression

Even amid America’s worst economic downturn, a select few accumulated vast fortunes....

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When 20,000 Asian Americans Demanded Garment Workers'
Rights—And Won

When 20,000 Asian Americans Demanded Garment Workers' Rights—And...

The 1982 strike led by immigrant women earned better working conditions and benefits...

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Top 8 WORST Decisions in History

Top 8 WORST Decisions in History

Everyone makes mistakes, but the people on this list made epic blunders that will...

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8 Ancient Empires You’ve Never Heard Of

8 Ancient Empires You’ve Never Heard Of

Grab your fedora and bullwhip as we unearth 8 amazing yet obscure ancient empires,...

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13 Bizarre Superstitions

13 Bizarre Superstitions

You know to avoid black cats and breaking mirrors, but did you know not to cut your...

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9 Civil Rights Leaders You Need to Know

9 Civil Rights Leaders You Need to Know

Throughout American history, many have had to fight to advance the ideals of liberty...

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7 Things You Didn't Know About Valentine's Day

7 Things You Didn't Know About Valentine's Day

From the origins of the box of chocolates, to the evolution of Cupid, discover 7...

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Deadliest Serial Killers of All Time

Deadliest Serial Killers of All Time

Uncover the true and horrific stories of 11 of the deadliest serial killers of all...

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Top 10 Kitchen Inventions That Changed Food Forever

Top 10 Kitchen Inventions That Changed Food Forever

From fire to the air fryer, humans have a remarkable history of innovating in the...

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8 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Invented in America

8 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Invented in America

From spaghetti and meatballs to General Tso's chicken, many dishes Americans associate...

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10 Badass Warrior Women in History

10 Badass Warrior Women in History

From Tomoe Gozen to Jeanne Hachette, these 10 badass warrior women have slashed...

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6 Famous Women Who Were Secretly Spies

6 Famous Women Who Were Secretly Spies

These 6 women were true triple threats: performers, celebrities - and spies! From...

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How to Cook Pizza on a Shield Like a 600 BC Persian
Soldier

How to Cook Pizza on a Shield Like a 600 BC Persian Soldier

Pizza has been around for so long it’s impossible to pinpoint the exact origins....

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Sohla Makes Samurai Mochi

Sohla Makes Samurai Mochi

Mochi has been a staple Japanese food for thousands of years - and was once the...

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Kansas-Nebraska Act

Kansas-Nebraska Act

In 1854, Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois proposed a bill to organize the Territory...

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Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas describes the period of repeated outbreaks of violent guerrilla...

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8 Incredible Roman Technologies

8 Incredible Roman Technologies

All roads lead to Rome - and so do these tech trees! From the newspaper to the vending...

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World War I Battles: Timeline

World War I Battles: Timeline

For four years, from 1914 to 1918, World War I raged across Europe's western and...

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The Rock Springs Massacre

The Rock Springs Massacre

What began as a labor dispute between white and Chinese coal miners on September...

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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

Founding Father Samuel Adams was a thorn in the side of the British in the years...

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Supreme Court declares desegregation busing
constitutional

Supreme Court declares desegregation busing constitutional

On April 20, 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declares busing for the purposes...

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“Sip-In” takes place at Julius' Bar in New York City

“Sip-In” takes place at Julius' Bar in New York City

On the afternoon of April 21, 1966, a bar crawl in New York’s West Village leads...

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Sohla Cooks a 1,000-Year-Old Hangover Cure | Ancient Recipes
with Sohla

Sohla Cooks a 1,000-Year-Old Hangover Cure | Ancient Recipes...

Sohla travels back to the Islamic Golden Age of 10th century Baghdad and recreates...

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7 Insane Military Gambles That Changed the World

7 Insane Military Gambles That Changed the World

From the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE to Operation Mincemeat in WWII, discover...

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Sohla Makes an Ancient Chinese Hamburger (Rou Jia Mo from
200 BCE!) | Ancient Recipes with Sohla

Sohla Makes an Ancient Chinese Hamburger (Rou Jia Mo from...

"Ancient Recipes with Sohla will be back with more episodes this summer! Check out...

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McCulloch v. Maryland

McCulloch v. Maryland

In McCulloch v. Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution gave Congress...

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Homestead Strike

Homestead Strike

In July 1892, a dispute between Carnegie Steel and the Amalgamated Association of...

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins

American astronaut Michael Collins was part of the historic 1969 Apollo 11 mission,...

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10 LOST WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

10 LOST WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

Discover these 10 incredible structures that were constructed by ancient civilizations...

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The U.S. officially begins construction on the Panama
Canal

The U.S. officially begins construction on the Panama Canal

A ceremony on May 4, 1905 marks the official beginning of the second attempt to...

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A British lawmaker, referencing "Star Wars," delivers first
recorded instance of the pun “May the Fourth be with you”

A British lawmaker, referencing "Star Wars," delivers first...

On May 4, 1994, a groan-inducing moment on the floor of U.K. Parliament includes...

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The first Freedom Ride departs from Washington, D.C.

The first Freedom Ride departs from Washington, D.C.

On May 4, 1961, a group of thirteen young people departs Washington, D.C.’s Greyhound...

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Labor organizer and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez
begins hunger strike

Labor organizer and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez...

On May 1, 1972, Mexican-American labor organizer and civil rights activist Cesar...

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How Gerrymandering Began in the US

How Gerrymandering Began in the US

Long before it got its name, Gerrymandering was already happening in the United...

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Voting Rights Milestones in America: A Timeline

Voting Rights Milestones in America: A Timeline

See a timeline of milestones in American voting rights history. Since America’s...

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Presidential Succession: How the 'Designated Survivor' Fits
In

Presidential Succession: How the 'Designated Survivor'...

It's a protocol in which little-known cabinet secretaries suddenly find themselves...

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The Storied History of SEAL Team Six, the Secret Unit That
Killed Bin Laden

The Storied History of SEAL Team Six, the Secret Unit That...

SEAL Team Six's security and counterterrorism missions have ranged from Grenada...

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Why Did US Forces Bury Osama Bin Laden’s Body at
Sea?

Why Did US Forces Bury Osama Bin Laden’s Body at Sea?

Political, religious and practical factors all played a role. On May 2, 2011, the...

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How America's Aviation Industry Got Its Start Transporting
Mail

How America's Aviation Industry Got Its Start Transporting...

Before carrying passengers, America’s most iconic airlines hauled the mail. It was...

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8 Events that Led to World War I

8 Events that Led to World War I

Imperialism, nationalistic pride and mutual alliances all played a part in building...

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How the Erie Canal Was Built With Raw Labor and Amateur
Engineering

How the Erie Canal Was Built With Raw Labor and Amateur...

The 360-mile canal connecting the Hudson River to the Great Lakes was built in eight...

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9 New Deal Infrastructure Projects That Changed
America

9 New Deal Infrastructure Projects That Changed America

The Hoover Dam, LaGuardia Airport and the Bay Bridge were all part of FDR's New...

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9 Unexpected Things Navy SEALs Discovered in Osama bin
Laden’s Compound

9 Unexpected Things Navy SEALs Discovered in Osama bin...

From al Qaeda emails to Disney films to pornography, the terrorist leader had a...

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Prince Philip, Outsider Who Became England’s Longest-Serving
Royal Consort, Dies at 99

Prince Philip, Outsider Who Became England’s Longest-Serving...

Although his roots were as royal as they come, Philip was considered a controversial...

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Prince Philip: From Controversial Consort to Royal
Stalwart

Prince Philip: From Controversial Consort to Royal Stalwart

The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was originally a somewhat...

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The First ‘Vaccine Passports’ Were Scars from Smallpox
Vaccinations

The First ‘Vaccine Passports’ Were Scars from Smallpox...

When smallpox ravaged the United States at the turn of the 20th century, many public...

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Did William Henry Harrison Really Die From
Pneumonia?

Did William Henry Harrison Really Die From Pneumonia?

Research suggests the ninth U.S. president may not have caught a deadly case of...

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8 Groundbreaking Contributions of Asian Americans Through
History

8 Groundbreaking Contributions of Asian Americans Through...

From disease cures to influential tech to workers' rights, Asian American contributions...

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Who Invented Chicken Nuggets?

Who Invented Chicken Nuggets?

Before McDonald's pioneered McNuggets for fast food consumption, a Cornell University...

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How the Seven Deadly Sins Began as 'Eight Evil
Thoughts'

How the Seven Deadly Sins Began as 'Eight Evil Thoughts'

The idea of listing the vices began in the fourth century. In the fourth century,...

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Why the Roaring Twenties Left Many Americans Poorer

Why the Roaring Twenties Left Many Americans Poorer

For some, the Great Depression began in the 1920s. In August 1929, Ladies Home Journal...

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Asian American Milestones: Timeline

Asian American Milestones: Timeline

Asian immigrants have come to American shores since the mid-1800s, playing a significant...

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Two Tuskegee Airmen Die on Same Day in Los Angeles

Two Tuskegee Airmen Die on Same Day in Los Angeles

Two members of the famed World War II African-American flying squadron passed away...

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A Vietnamese-American Chef Shares How Food Connects Her to
Family History

A Vietnamese-American Chef Shares How Food Connects Her...

In 1975, the Nguyen family left Vietnam for America. As Andrea Nguyen recalls, her...

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Before the Chinese Exclusion Act, This Anti-Immigrant Law
Targeted Asian Women

Before the Chinese Exclusion Act, This Anti-Immigrant Law...

The 1875 Page Act was one of the earliest pieces of federal legislation to restrict...

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The 16-Year-Old Chinese Immigrant Who Helped Lead a 1912 US
Suffrage March

The 16-Year-Old Chinese Immigrant Who Helped Lead a 1912...

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee fought for the rights of women on two sides of the world. In...

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Flashback: How Japanese Americans Were Forced Into
Concentration Camps During WWII

Flashback: How Japanese Americans Were Forced Into Concentration...

The internment of Japanese Americans began after President Roosevelt signed Executive...

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Japanese-American Relocation

Japanese-American Relocation

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Government issued executive...

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8 Facts About the Celts

8 Facts About the Celts

The ancient Celts were a widespread group of tribes whose rich culture has been...

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Josephine Baker's Daring Double Life as a World War II
Spy

Josephine Baker's Daring Double Life as a World War II...

Using fame as a cover, the glamorous entertainer spied for the French Resistance...

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Golda Meir elected as Israel's first female prime
minster

Golda Meir elected as Israel's first female prime minster

On March 17, 1969, 70-year-old Golda Meir makes history when she is elected as Israel’s...

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Ahmaud Arbery is murdered while out jogging

Ahmaud Arbery is murdered while out jogging

Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, is shot dead by a white father and son while...

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Panama Canal Tugboats

Panama Canal Tugboats

Tugboats guide ships many times their size in and out of the Panama Canal.

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President Trump addresses the nation on COVID-19; announces
travel ban

President Trump addresses the nation on COVID-19; announces...

In a primetime Oval Office address, President Donald Trump announces a 30-day travel...

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Broadway goes dark due to COVID-19 pandemic

Broadway goes dark due to COVID-19 pandemic

On March 12, 2020, after New York state and city leaders placed coronavirus-related...

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Kim Ng named first female MLB general manager

Kim Ng named first female MLB general manager

On November 13, 2020, veteran front-office official Kim Ng breaks several glass...

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Chanel No. 5 perfume launches

Chanel No. 5 perfume launches

On May 5, 1921, a date of symbolic importance to its iconic creator, the perfume...

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Texas passes a bill becoming the first state in the nation
to make Juneteenth an official state holiday

Texas passes a bill becoming the first state in the nation...

A celebration that has persisted for over a century receives its first official...

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Ruby Bridges desegregates her school

Ruby Bridges desegregates her school

On November 14, 1960, a court order mandating the desegregation of schools comes...

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Velvet Revolution begins in Czechoslovakia

Velvet Revolution begins in Czechoslovakia

On November 17, 1989, nine days after the fall of the Berlin Wall roughly 200 miles...

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Breonna Taylor is killed by police in botched raid

Breonna Taylor is killed by police in botched raid

Shortly after midnight on March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency...

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Bear Stearns collapses, sold to J.P. Morgan Chase

Bear Stearns collapses, sold to J.P. Morgan Chase

On March 16, 2008, Bear Stearns, the 85-year-old investment bank, narrowly avoids...

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Christchurch, New Zealand mosque attacks

Christchurch, New Zealand mosque attacks

On the afternoon of March 15, 2019, a gunman attacked two different mosques in Christchurch,...

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How World War I's Legacy Eclipsed the 1918 Pandemic

How World War I's Legacy Eclipsed the 1918 Pandemic

Both World War I and the 1918 influenza pandemic were devastating events in history....

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7 Key Facts About British Royal History

7 Key Facts About British Royal History

Over its thousand-year reign, the British monarchy has operated within a large set...

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How World War I Helped Women Ditch the Corset

How World War I Helped Women Ditch the Corset

A combination of cultural shifts and metal rationing spelled the demise of the stiff...

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How Suffragists Pioneered Aggressive New Tactics to Push for
the Vote

How Suffragists Pioneered Aggressive New Tactics to Push...

Women infused their protests with creativity, PR savvy and in-your-face urgency....

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How Big-Spending Royals Tested English Support for the Crown
in the 17th Century

How Big-Spending Royals Tested English Support for the...

James I, Charles I and Charles II of the Stuart dynasty were known for their lavish...

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8 Groundbreaking Inventions from the Second Industrial
Revolution

8 Groundbreaking Inventions from the Second Industrial...

The period between the late 1800s and the early 1900s saw a boom in innovations...

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How the Mirabal Sisters Helped Topple a Dictator

How the Mirabal Sisters Helped Topple a Dictator

The assassination of “las Mariposas” (“the Butterflies”) fueled public outrage against...

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11 Bold Women Who Changed the World

11 Bold Women Who Changed the World

From the female Paul Revere and a Hollywood starlet-turned-inventor to a political...

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Fukushima Timeline: How an Earthquake Triggered Japan’s 2011
Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima Timeline: How an Earthquake Triggered Japan’s...

An earthquake, a tsunami...and then a devastating power plant failure. The 2011...

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7 Critical Civil War Battles

7 Critical Civil War Battles

These seven battles were among the most pivotal in America's bloodiest conflict....

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How the Ali-Frazier 'Fight of the Century' Became a Proxy
Battle for a Divided Nation

How the Ali-Frazier 'Fight of the Century' Became a Proxy...

The March 8, 1971 fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier unfolded against the...

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Why Suffragists Helped Send Women Doctors to WWI's Front
Lines

Why Suffragists Helped Send Women Doctors to WWI's Front...

Doctors of the Women's Oversea Hospitals Unit operated under bomb and gas attacks....

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The Female World War II Codebreaker Who Busted Nazi Spy
Rings

The Female World War II Codebreaker Who Busted Nazi Spy...

Elizebeth Friedman’s codebreaking helped save the Queen Mary and capture a Nazi...

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Valhalla: How Viking Belief in a Glorious Afterlife
Empowered Warriors

Valhalla: How Viking Belief in a Glorious Afterlife Empowered...

Female valkyrie would greet fallen Viking warriors and lead the boldest to a glorious...

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The Last Confederate General to Surrender Was Native
American

The Last Confederate General to Surrender Was Native American

Stand Watie, a contentious Cherokee leader who signed away his ancestral lands,...

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Why the 19th Amendment Did Not Guarantee All Women the Right
to Vote

Why the 19th Amendment Did Not Guarantee All Women the...

Despite the adoption of the 19th Amendment, many women of color, immigrant women...

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How Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’ Confronted an Ugly Era
of Lynchings

How Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’ Confronted an Ugly...

During a time when violence against Black Americans was devastatingly common, Holiday's...

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9 Groundbreaking Inventions by Women

9 Groundbreaking Inventions by Women

Women inventors are behind a wide range of key innovations, from Kevlar to dishwashers...

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Women in WWII Took on These Dangerous Military Jobs

Women in WWII Took on These Dangerous Military Jobs

Looking beyond traditional nursing or clerical roles, some women served as snipers,...

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Who Invented the TV Dinner?

Who Invented the TV Dinner?

It came. It thawed. It conquered. Along the way, the frozen meal in a box had multiple...

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How the Aztec Empire Was Forged Through a Triple
Alliance

How the Aztec Empire Was Forged Through a Triple Alliance

Three city-states joined in a fragile, but strategic alliance to wield tremendous...

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How Barbara Jordan's 1974 Speech Marked a Turning Point in
the Watergate Scandal

How Barbara Jordan's 1974 Speech Marked a Turning Point...

Representative Jordan's primetime remarks on the Constitution riveted the nation...

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Why Labor Unions Declined in the 1920s

Why Labor Unions Declined in the 1920s

Stripped of wartime protections and branded as anti-American, labor unions languished...

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How the Perfect Lawn Became a Symbol of the American
Dream

How the Perfect Lawn Became a Symbol of the American Dream

And of course, all that grass inspired innovations in mowing. With the rise of suburbia...

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Who Is Cupid?

Who Is Cupid?

And how did he become the unofficial mascot of Valentine's Day? The mention of Cupid...

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The Surprising Origins of the Fortune Cookie

The Surprising Origins of the Fortune Cookie

They didn't come from China. Where did fortune cookies come from—and how did they...

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Why Frederick Douglass Wanted Black Men to Fight in the
Civil War

Why Frederick Douglass Wanted Black Men to Fight in the...

He believed that, as soldiers, Black men could gain self-respect, self-defense skills...

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Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez

The Mexican-American labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez dedicated...

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“The Birth of A Nation” opens, glorifying the KKK

“The Birth of A Nation” opens, glorifying the KKK

On February 8, 1915, D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, a landmark film in the...

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Three protestors die in the Orangeburg Massacre

Three protestors die in the Orangeburg Massacre

On the night of February 8, 1968, police officers in Orangeburg, South Carolina...

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First confirmed case of COVID-19 found in U.S.

First confirmed case of COVID-19 found in U.S.

Following a rapid spread from its origin in Wuhan, China, the first U.S. case of...

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Shirley Chisholm visits her opponent George Wallace in the
hospital

Shirley Chisholm visits her opponent George Wallace in...

Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress,...

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Fukushima nuclear disaster

Fukushima nuclear disaster

On March 11, 2011, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan causes massive...

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Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis dies

Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis dies

On July 17, 2020, in the midst of a pandemic and a time of unparalleled racial tensions...

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Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's protest strategies of nonviolence and civil disobedience,...

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates" opens in New York's
Central Park

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates" opens in New York's...

On February 12, 2005, 7,503 orange curtains unfurl across New York City’s Central...

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Black History: Timeline of the Post-Civil Rights Era

Black History: Timeline of the Post-Civil Rights Era

From the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the 2008 election of...

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World Health Organization officially names novel coronavirus
disease COVID-19

World Health Organization officially names novel coronavirus...

A few months after the first known case was detected in Wuhan, China, and approximately...

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Niagara Movement

Niagara Movement

In 1905, a group of prominent Black intellectuals led by W.E.B. Du Bois met in Erie,...

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Full U.S.-Cuba embargo is announced

Full U.S.-Cuba embargo is announced

On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy issues an executive order broadening...

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Southern Pacific Railroad completes New Orleans to
California route

Southern Pacific Railroad completes New Orleans to California...

The Southern Pacific Railroad completes its transcontinental “Sunset Route” from...

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Punic Wars, between Rome and Carthage, come to an
end

Punic Wars, between Rome and Carthage, come to an end

On February 5, 146 BCE, the Roman Republic finally triumphed over its nemesis, Carthage,...

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Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at UN, justifies US
invasion of Iraq

Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at UN, justifies...

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell gives a speech to the United Nations that is...

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How Many US Presidents Have Faced Censure?

How Many US Presidents Have Faced Censure?

More than a dozen sitting presidents have faced Congressional censure, but the official...

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5 Iconic Mashup Inventions That Have Stood the Test of
Time

5 Iconic Mashup Inventions That Have Stood the Test of...

It wasn't until the 20th century that inventors looked past single-use products....

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How Gilded Age Corruption Led to the Progressive Era

How Gilded Age Corruption Led to the Progressive Era

As the rich grew richer during the Gilded Age, the poor grew poorer, spurring the...

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15 of America's Most Historic Restaurants

15 of America's Most Historic Restaurants

This selection of enduring eateries reflects our country's mosaic of cultures. How...

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Who Invented the Potato Chip?

Who Invented the Potato Chip?

It's complicated. The credit for America’s greatest inventions is often a matter...

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Reconstruction: A Timeline of the Post-Civil War Era

Reconstruction: A Timeline of the Post-Civil War Era

For a 14-year period following the Civil War, the U.S. government took steps to...

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America’s First Black Regiment Earned Their Freedom by
Fighting Against the British

America’s First Black Regiment Earned Their Freedom by...

The Slave Enlistment Act of 1778 stipulated that any enslaved person accepted to...

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Black Women Who Have Run for President

Black Women Who Have Run for President

Since 1968, these 11 Black women have entered the running for the highest office...

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8 Boundary-Breaking Black TV Shows

8 Boundary-Breaking Black TV Shows

These shows helped broaden the range of African American experiences portrayed on...

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The 1969 Raid That Killed Black Panther Leader Fred
Hampton

The 1969 Raid That Killed Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton

Some details around the 1969 police shooting of Hampton and other Black Panther...

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How Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition Championed
Diversity

How Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition Championed Diversity

In his 1984 presidential run, Jackson sought to unite a multiracial, multicultural...

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The Atlantic Slave Trade Continued Illegally in America
Until the Civil War

The Atlantic Slave Trade Continued Illegally in America...

The United States transatlantic slave trade wasn’t supposed to last all the way...

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8 Steps That Paved the Way to the Civil Rights Act of
1964

8 Steps That Paved the Way to the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was landmark legislation that required decades of actions—and...

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Why Ice Cream Soared in Popularity During
Prohibition

Why Ice Cream Soared in Popularity During Prohibition

No beer? No problem. Better refrigeration, together with innovations in making and...

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How the Tulsa Race Massacre Was Covered Up

How the Tulsa Race Massacre Was Covered Up

A search for mass graves of the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre highlights...

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The Conflicted Legacy of the First Vice President of
Color

The Conflicted Legacy of the First Vice President of Color

Vice President Charles Curtis, a member of the Kaw Nation who served under Herbert...

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How the US Civil War Influenced Music

How the US Civil War Influenced Music

For soldiers on both sides, music was a vital source of inspiration and comfort....

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Chocolate’s Sweet History: From Elite Treat to Food for the
Masses

Chocolate’s Sweet History: From Elite Treat to Food for...

Originally consumed as a bitter drink, it was prized as both an aphrodisiac and...

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How Cesar Chavez Joined Larry Itliong to Demand Farm
Workers' Rights

How Cesar Chavez Joined Larry Itliong to Demand Farm Workers'...

Itliong may not be as well-known a name as Chavez, but his role among Filipino-American...

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Shirley Chisholm: Facts About Her Trailblazing
Career

Shirley Chisholm: Facts About Her Trailblazing Career

She may be best known for her 1972 run for president, but Shirley Chisholm broke...

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How Tuskegee Airmen Fought Military Segregation With
Nonviolent Action

How Tuskegee Airmen Fought Military Segregation With Nonviolent...

Their coordinated efforts to integrate a white officers' club set an example that