Historical Events

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


10 Scare-inducing Moments in History

Here are just 10 of the countless events in our history that have stoked fear among the masses — and rightfully so.

10 Monumental Events That Were Overshadowed by Other Events

Where were you when Farrah Fawcett died? Chances are you don't remember. But if we threw out Michael Jackson's name that might ring a bell. Guess what? Both events were on the same day.

Ridiculous History: When Warships Dazzled With Psychedelic Camouflage

From more than 100 years ago and up until World War II, navies used wild "razzle dazzle camouflage" paint patterns and colors to thwart enemies.

How the Hunt for D.B. Cooper Worked

After nearly half a century capturing the attention and imaginations of millions, the infamous D.B. Cooper plane-hijacking case has been closed. Will we ever know the true culprit?

10 Things Done Completely Out of Spite

Spite is not just for kids with broken toys. Many adults have gone to unbelievable lengths to pay back someone who did 'em wrong. Here are 10 classic examples.

Ridiculous History: 150 Years Ago, Men Killed for the Eggs of These Birds

The Gold Rush-era Egg War of 1863 saw business competitors in San Francisco engage in lethal violence... over eggs?

Mysterious First Settlers of Madagascar Identified by Ancient Seeds

Linguistic and cultural clues have long suggested Madagascar's prehistoric human settlers came from Southeast Asia, but now scientists have found physical proof.

Watch: China's Ancient Buddhist Cave Art Perfectly Recreated in L.A.

A new exhibition creates exact replicas of cave art, found in a remote region along the Silk Road and spanning centuries, cultures and styles.

Ridiculous History: Bears, Raccoons — and Alligators? — in the White House

The presidential digs have housed more than a few untraditional pets through the years. Rebecca the Raccoon and Josiah the Badger are but two.

10 Terrible Cases of Mistaken Identity

Identity errors have led to a range of awfulness, from lengthy prison sentences to the wrong person being declared dead.