From the Age of Enlightenment to the Christmas Truce, learn about some of history's most pivotal events.
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Most North American names are a mix of colonial and indigenous languages, so how did the Canadian province "New Scotland" end up with a moniker from a dead tongue?
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 19, 2017
Martin Luther had many grievances against the Roman Catholic Church. Including their ban on butter.
By Dave Roos Aug 28, 2017
Often described as "The Hermit Kingdom," North Korea is a source of mystery for those living in the West. How has it survived so long and how worried should Americans be about a nuclear attack?
By Patrick J. Kiger
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.
By Christopher Hassiotis Aug 18, 2017
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.
By Laurie L. Dove Aug 15, 2017
Yep, Jimi Hendrix could have borrowed a cup of sugar from George Frederick Handel — in a manner of speaking.
By Kathryn Whitbourne Aug 15, 2017
Can a solar eclipse change the world as we know it? If the past is any indication, it might.
By Laurie L. Dove Aug 14, 2017
After enduring decades of brutal physical punishment and forced religious conversion by the Spanish, the pueblo peoples of the Southwest rebelled successfully.
By Kate Kershner Aug 10, 2017
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.
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 1, 2017
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?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jul 19, 2017
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.
By Kate Kershner Jun 5, 2017
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?
By Oisin Curran
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.
By Kate Kershner May 16, 2017
The Stonewall Riots weren't the first time the LGBTQ community fought back against law enforcement, but they are a pivotal moment in the gay rights movement.
By Ed Grabianowski
In the mid-1800s, the white American establishment feared Irish immigrants would alter the country's makeup with foreign religion and customs.
By Laurie L. Dove Mar 17, 2017
And people were sailing to remote islands to get it.
By Kate Kershner Mar 13, 2017
Sweet, delicious honey may seem like a strange ingredient for toxic warfare, but "mad honey" was, and still is, a potent poison.
By Laurie L. Dove Feb 27, 2017
Archaeologists say that what's missing in Cave 12, the first new cave found at Qumran in 60 years, might be more important than what's inside.
By Jesslyn Shields Feb 16, 2017
You could probably give up a lot of things in this world, but could you give up your toothbrush?
By Kate Kershner Feb 3, 2017
Imagine burning molten metal poured into your open mouth. That horrifying form of execution actually happened — and scientists studied what actually killed the victim.
By Laurie L. Dove Jan 30, 2017
Back in the 1960s, the Black Panthers were considered either revolutionary heroes or dangerous communists, depending on who you asked. What was really the truth behind the group and what does it mean today?
By Alia Hoyt
Inspired by the Women's March on Washington, and motivated by perceived anti-science stances by the Trump administration, a March for Science movement is taking off.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 25, 2017
Last year was the third consecutive year to set a new global annual temperature record, NOAA finds, and the warmest on average since 1880.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 19, 2017
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Cristen and Caroline explain the history of the women forced into prostitution for Japanese soldiers during World War II.
By Yves Jeffcoat Jan 10, 2017
Or why combat skills aren't always necessary to gain the upper hand in war.
By Bryan Young Jan 2, 2017
The Album Is Dead. Long Live the Album!
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