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Historical Events

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


Ridiculous History: When Warships Dazzled With Psychedelic Camouflage

What is dazzle camouflage? Learn more about dazzle ships and this naval camouflage in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

How the Hunt for D.B. Cooper Worked

After nearly 50 years capturing the imaginations of millions, the D.B. Cooper plane-hijacking case is closed. Will we ever know the true culprit? See more »

10 Things Done Completely Out of Spite

Many people have gone to enormous lengths to pay back someone who did 'em wrong. Learn about 10 things done completely out of spite at HowStuffWorks. See more »

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

What is the San Francisco Egg War? Learn more about the history of the Egg War in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Mysterious First Settlers of Madagascar Identified by Ancient Seeds

Scientists find ancient crop seeds proving Australasian settlement of Madagascar. Learn more about Madagascar in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

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

A new exhibition recreates the artwork of the Mogao Caves. Learn more about ancient Buddhist cave art recreation in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

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

Rebecca the Raccoon. Josiah the Badger. Many U.S. presidents have had pets, but they haven't all been cats and dogs. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

10 Terrible Cases of Mistaken Identity

Identity errors have led to a range of awfulness like wrongly declared death. Learn about some cases of mistaken identity at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Queen Nefertiti in Secret Tomb Behind King Tut? It's Not That Simple

Is Queen Nefertiti buried in a hidden chamber behind King Tut's tomb? Learn more about the Tut tomb in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Underwater Dig Finds Proof Humans Settled U.S. Earlier Than Thought

Archaeological discoveries in Florida show humans settled the U.S. Southeast far earlier than thought. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »