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Historical Events

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

How the Dead Sea Scrolls Work

Archaeologists have unearthed more than 900 Dead Sea Scrolls since 1947. HowStuffWorks looks into the history of these fascinating documents. See more »

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

Brown v. Board was a landmark case that advanced the fight against segregation laws, but it was a long road to get there. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Stonewall Riots Worked

The Stonewall Riots mark a major a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ rights in the U.S. Learn about the pivotal event at HowStuffWorks. See more »

When Irish Immigrants Weren't Considered 'White'

How were early Irish immigrants treated in the United States of the mid-19th century? Learn more in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Ridiculous History: When U.S. Farmers Went Mad for Bird Poop

The Guano Islands Act of 1856 gave the U.S. the ability to claim islands full of bird droppings. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Ridiculous History: Ancient Armies Waged War With Hallucinogenic Honey

What was the 'mad honey' used by Roman and Persian warriors? Learn more about hallucinogenic honey in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

New Cave Discovered at Dead Sea Scrolls Site

What are the new discoveries at Cave 12 in Qumran in Israel? Learn more about the Dead Sea Scrolls in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

What Was the Very First Toothbrush?

The first recognizable toothbrush arose in the 15th century. Read a short history of the humble toothbrush at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Ridiculous History: Sentenced to Death by Molten Gold Down the Throat

Did execution by molten metal ever take place? Learn more about execution by molten gold in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

How the Black Panthers Worked

The Black Panthers were considered either heroes or dangerous Communists, depending on who you asked. Learn about the Black Panthers at HowStuffWorks. See more »