Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Culture | History | Historical Events

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

Featured
Black Death

Black Death, an epidemic of bubonic plague that appeared in Europe in the 1300's.


10 Weirdest News Stories of 2013

 10 Weirdest News Stories of 2013

The year 2013 was a veritable bonanza of strange news. Read 10 of the weirder stories from 2013 at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the March on Washington Worked

 How the March on Washington Worked

How many people attended the march on Washington? Who spoke -- and sang? Learn about the March on Washington at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 of the Worst Decisions Ever Made

 10 of the Worst Decisions Ever Made

Some decisions are so bad that history can't forget them. Read about 10 of the worst decisions ever made. See more »

A Fiery Final Flight: Hindenburg Disaster Pictures

 A Fiery Final Flight: Hindenburg Disaster Pictures

The Hindenburg crashed and burned on May 6, 1937. See pictures of the Hindenburg crash and learn about its history in this gallery. See more »

How Apartheid Worked

 How Apartheid Worked

Apartheid was an era of extreme, legalized racism in South Africa. How did Apartheid come about, and how did it survive into the 1990s? See more »

Timeline of Civil Rights

 Timeline of Civil Rights

What do civil rights mean to you? See the history of civil rights and civil rights leaders in pictures at HowStuffworks. See more »

2011’s Smartest Moments in Pop Culture

 2011’s Smartest Moments in Pop Culture

What were the smartest moments in pop culture in 2011? Relive 2011 with these pop culture sensations. See more »

10 Weirdest Headlines of 2011

 10 Weirdest Headlines of 2011

With all the big headlines in 2011 you might've missed some gems, from Cat Rescues Shelter to Planet-sized Diamond Detected. Here are our favorites. See more »

2011 in Pictures

 2011 in Pictures

2011 was a year of civil uprising, financial uncertainty and natural disaster, yet there were still moments of joy and triumph. See the year 2011 in pictures. See more »

10 Most Long-lived Empires in History

 10 Most Long-lived Empires in History

Which historical empires lasted the longest? Read about the 10 most long-lived empires in history. See more »