Historical Events

From the Age of Enlightenment to the Christmas Truce, learn about some of history's most pivotal events.

10 Weirdest News Stories of 2013

The year 2013 was a veritable bonanza of strange news. From birds 'telling' politicians to run for president to alligators trying to board planes, we have 10 particularly delightful highlights from the fringe.

Throughout History, Humanity Has Marveled at Solar Eclipses

These historical images remind us that marvel and awe go hand-in-hand with science (and eclipses), and have been a part of the human experience for as long as we've been a species.

'Almost' Edible Historic Fruitcake Found Preserved in Antarctica for 106 Years

The century-plus pastry outlasted its owner Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who took it with him on a race to the South Pole from which he never returned.

6 Famous People Who Were Unlikely Neighbors

Yep, Jimi Hendrix could have borrowed a cup of sugar from George Frederick Handel — in a manner of speaking.

3 Times Total Eclipses Influenced World History

Can a solar eclipse change the world as we know it? If the past is any indication, it might.

In 1680, the Pueblo Peoples Revolted Against Spanish Colonists … And Won

After enduring decades of brutal physical punishment and forced religious conversion by the Spanish, the pueblo peoples of the Southwest rebelled successfully.

How White America Tried to Eliminate Chinese Restaurants in the Early 1900s

Local governments, newspapers and unions waged a xenophobic campaign against "un-American" eateries, hoping to protect white jobs, and women, in the early 20th century.

Why Is a Town in Brazil Celebrating the U.S. Confederacy?

One of the most American spots outside of the U.S. is, surprisingly, in Brazil. How did these descendants of the Confederacy end up there?

In 1492, Spain Forced Jews to Flee the Country or Convert to Christianity

An edict King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issued forced Jews to emigrate, convert to Christianity or die. Unsurprisingly, it caused a wave of terrible effects.

How the Dead Sea Scrolls Work

The origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls have baffled scholars since their discovery in 1947. Who wrote these ancient texts and what do they mean about the history of Judaism?

Brown v. Board Wasn't the First Case to Challenge Jim Crow in Schools

Brown v. Board of Education was a landmark case that advanced the fight against segregation laws, but it was a long road to get there.