From the Age of Enlightenment to the Christmas Truce, learn about some of history's most pivotal events.
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Ron Stallworth was a black detective in Colorado Springs who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan to the point that he was asked to lead a local chapter. How he pulled that off is now the subject of a major motion picture.
By Dave Roos Aug 20, 2018
There's a popular story that George Washington was offered the chance to be crowned king of the U.S. but it turned it down in support of a true republication government. But what really happened?
By Dave Roos Jul 31, 2018
The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, which involved immigrants, anarchy and chaos, is one of the 20th century's most controversial and famous.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jul 27, 2018
Blackface is alive and well. HowStuffWorks explores the history behind the practice, from minstrel and Halloween costumes to Shirley Temple and Drake.
By Yves Jeffcoat Jun 20, 2018
When a shipwreck is found, who gets the loot? The case of the San Jose has got interested parties battling and legal scholars scratching their heads.
By Chris Opfer Jun 14, 2018
What really happened when the late Senator Ted Kennedy's car plunged off a bridge in 1969 killing Mary Jo Kopechne?
By Diana Brown Apr 27, 2018
You may know the story of how Fletcher Christian and his men mutinied aboard the ship the Bounty. But what was the voyage all about in the first place?
By Dave Roos Jan 18, 2018
Queen Elizabeth II has reigned over England for a record-breaking 65 years. But with Prince Harry and Meghan just announcing their new baby how does the line of succession look now?
By Alia Hoyt Jan 16, 2018
A blinding smog enveloped London in 1952, wreaking havoc on the city, bringing life to a standstill and killing thousands.
By Kate Kershner Dec 4, 2017
The plague took millions of lives in the 1600s, but Parisians fought back with tart, sweet lemonade.
By Laurie L. Dove Nov 27, 2017
In 1928, Glen and Bessie Hyde embarked on an ambitious trip down the Colorado River. But their adventurous honeymoon came to an unfortunate early end. What happened?
By Kate Kershner Oct 27, 2017
Their pioneering story is little known, but from 1967 to 1975, an ambulance crew recruited from a poverty-stricken black neighborhood in Pittsburgh became the first set of trained EMTs in America.
By Dave Roos Oct 24, 2017
The raid amplified tensions between the North and South and intensified fear of slave rebellion.
By Kate Kershner Oct 16, 2017
In 1789, thousands of women frustrated by good shortages marched to Versailles with some serious demands for King Louis XIV.
By Kate Kershner Oct 5, 2017
Getting a prescription for alcohol back was once kind of like getting a prescription for medical marijuana today.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Oct 2, 2017
Most North American names are a mix of colonial and indigenous languages, so how did the Canadian province "New Scotland" end up with a moniker from a dead tongue?
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 19, 2017
Martin Luther had many grievances against the Roman Catholic Church. Including their ban on butter.
By Dave Roos Aug 28, 2017
Often described as "The Hermit Kingdom," North Korea is a source of mystery for those living in the West. How has it survived so long and how worried should Americans be about a nuclear attack?
By Patrick J. Kiger
These historical images remind us that marvel and awe go hand-in-hand with science (and eclipses), and have been a part of the human experience for as long as we've been a species.
By Christopher Hassiotis Aug 18, 2017
The century-plus pastry outlasted its owner Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who took it with him on a race to the South Pole from which he never returned.
By Laurie L. Dove Aug 15, 2017
Yep, Jimi Hendrix could have borrowed a cup of sugar from George Frederick Handel — in a manner of speaking.
By Kathryn Whitbourne Aug 15, 2017
Can a solar eclipse change the world as we know it? If the past is any indication, it might.
By Laurie L. Dove Aug 14, 2017
After enduring decades of brutal physical punishment and forced religious conversion by the Spanish, the pueblo peoples of the Southwest rebelled successfully.
By Kate Kershner Aug 10, 2017
Local governments, newspapers and unions waged a xenophobic campaign against "un-American" eateries, hoping to protect white jobs, and women, in the early 20th century.
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 1, 2017
One of the most American spots outside of the U.S. is, surprisingly, in Brazil. How did these descendants of the Confederacy end up there?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jul 19, 2017
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If the Light Is Stuck on Red, Are You Stuck Too?