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Historical Events

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


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

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 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

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

10 Big Cases of Revenge

Revenge is a concept almost as old as time itself. Check out the 10 biggest acts of revenge in human history at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why was the American Revolution so revolutionary?

Why was the American Revolution so revolutionary? Read about what made the American Revolution so unique in world history. See more »

What was the impact of the Age of Enlightenment?

What was the impact of the Age of Enlightenment? Read about the impact and after-effects of the Enlightenment Age. See more »

What was the most peaceful time in history?

What was the most peaceful time in history? Was it the Pax Romana? The era of the Mongol Empire? Today? Read about the most peaceful time in history? See more »

2009 in Pictures

The year 2009 in pictures features everything from Barack Obama's inauguration to Michael Jackson to "Slumdog Millionaire." Check out pictures of 2009. See more »

5 Worst Financial Panics in U.S. History

The 5 worst financial panics in U.S. history all happened around the turn of the century. What do they have in common? Could the same problems occur today? See more »