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

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How the Battle of Gettysburg Worked

The Battle of Gettysburg is probably the most famous battle ever fought on American soil -- it's considered the turning point of the Civil War. Did it really start because of shoes?


How Prohibition Worked

 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

 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 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 »

 Aug. 31: Princess Diana Dies After a Car Crash

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

August 5: Nelson Mandela Arrested

 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 »

The Hindenburg Crashes

 The Hindenburg Crashes

The Hindenburg crash was a disaster on the scale of the Titanic. Learn about the Hindenburg crash, from the history of dirigibles to what may have gone wrong. See more »