Historical Events

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

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

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

How the Black Panthers Worked

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?

Scientists Are Planning Their Own March on Washington for Earth Day 2017

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.

Let's Be Clear: 2016 Was the Hottest Year in Recorded History

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

'Comfort Women': The Past and Present of Japan's Forced WWII Prostitutes

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.

Ridiculous History: When Artists Fooled the Nazis With a Ghost Army

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

World's Oldest Veggie Casserole Found in the Sahara Desert

Prehistoric people cooked food in ceramic pots, and the oldest known evidence of cooked vegetables has now been found in the Sahara desert.

New Discoveries Reveal a Surprisingly Important Ancient Greek City

New discoveries at ruins near the central Greek town of Vlochós suggest the area was more important in ancient times than previously thought.

How Pacifism Works

Pacifism is more than just opposition to war. There are many types of pacifism, and some peace movements have successfully changed laws. But is pacifism still a valid concept in today's world of terrorism?

Ridiculous History: London Had a Train for the Dead

From 1854 to 1941, the London Necropolis Railway carried the dead and the living who mourned them alike to the largest cemetery in the world.