Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Culture | History | Historical Events

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


How Pacifism Works

 How Pacifism Works

Pacifism doesn't always mean complete opposition to violence. Learn how peace and war factor into the philosophy of pacifism at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Worst Riots Quiz

 Worst Riots Quiz

Human unrest often explodes into mass violence. How much do you know about these riots? Take our HowStuffWorks quiz to find out. See more »

10 Scare-inducing Moments in History

 10 Scare-inducing Moments in History

From serial killers to natural disasters, many events in our history have stoked fear among the masses. Here are 10 fear-stoking moments. See more »

10 Monumental Events That Were Overshadowed by Other Events

 10 Monumental Events That Were Overshadowed by Other Events

A lot of shocking news didn't get the media coverage it deserved. Learn about 10 monumental events that were overshadowed by others at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Vanished Without a Trace: Infamous Disappearances Quiz

 Vanished Without a Trace: Infamous Disappearances Quiz

Forget ghost stories — the most terrifying tales tell of real people who vanished. Quiz yourself on infamous disappearances at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Hunt for D.B. Cooper Worked

 How the Hunt for D.B. Cooper Worked

After nearly 50 years capturing the imaginations of millions, the D.B. Cooper plane-hijacking case is closed. Will we ever know the true culprit? See more »

The Boston Tea Party Quiz

 The Boston Tea Party Quiz

The Boston Tea Party is a famous political protest in U.S. history. Test your knowledge of the event with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Historical Political Movements of the US Quiz

 Historical Political Movements of the US Quiz

The United States has a rich history of influential political movements. Test your knowledge of them with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Test Your Knowledge: Shipwrecks Quiz

 Test Your Knowledge: Shipwrecks Quiz

The sea can be a scary and dangerous place for even the most stout-hearted sailors. Learn more about famous ship disasters with our shipwrecks quiz? See more »

10 Things Done Completely Out of Spite

 10 Things Done Completely Out of Spite

Many people have gone to enormous lengths to pay back someone who did 'em wrong. Learn about 10 things done completely out of spite at HowStuffWorks. See more »