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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 Enlightenment Worked

The Enlightenment was a period of major intellectual change. Read about the Age of Enlightenment and the Enlightenment thinkers' impact on history. See more »

How the Black Death Worked

How did the Black Death kill 25 million people? The Black Death caused devastation and hysteria. Learn how the Black Death spread and its effects. See more »

How the Gettysburg Address Worked

Why is the Gettysburg Address deemed so important by the American school system? Learn about the meaning behind Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. See more »

How the Battle of Gettysburg Worked

The Battle of Gettysburg is the most famous battle of the Civil War. Learn about the Battle of Gettysburg and the events leading to Gettysburg. See more »

What was the Christmas Truce?

The Christmas Truce stands as a point of sanity in an otherwise chaotic environment in World War I. Find out what the Christmas Truce was and how it worked. See more »

How Prohibition Worked

Prohibition was a constitutional amendment banning the sale and production of alcoholic products. Learn about Prohibition and why Prohibition failed. See more »

Europe After World War I: November 1918-August 1931

World War I, also known as the Great War, left Germany and other countries humiliated and angry. Learn about events that led to World War II. See more »

World War II Timeline

World War II was a conflict built from festering resentments after World War I. Learn about World War II and the Holocaust with timelines and images. See more »

Princess Diana died on Aug. 31, 1997 after a car crash in Paris. See more »

August 5: Nelson Mandela Arrested

Nelson Mandela was arrested on August 5, 1962. This arrest set in motion a chain of events that made Nelson Mandela a household name around the world. See more »