Historical Events

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


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?

Martin Luther had many grievances against the Roman Catholic Church. Including their ban on butter.

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?

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

In the mid-1800s, the white American establishment feared Irish immigrants would alter the country's makeup with foreign religion and customs.

And people were sailing to remote islands to get it.

Sweet, delicious honey may seem like a strange ingredient for toxic warfare, but "mad honey" was, and still is, a potent poison.

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.

You could probably give up a lot of things in this world, but could you give up your toothbrush?

Imagine burning molten metal poured into your open mouth. That horrifying form of execution actually happened — and scientists studied what actually killed the victim.

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?

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.

Last year was the third consecutive year to set a new global annual temperature record, NOAA finds, and the warmest on average since 1880.

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.

Or why combat skills aren't always necessary to gain the upper hand in war.