Historical Events

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

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Why Is a Town in Brazil Celebrating the U.S. Confederacy?

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?

In 1492, Spain Forced Jews to Flee the Country or Convert to Christianity

An edict King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issued forced Jews to emigrate, convert to Christianity or die. Unsurprisingly, it caused a wave of terrible effects.

How the Dead Sea Scrolls Work

The origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls have baffled scholars since their discovery in 1947. Who wrote these ancient texts and what do they mean about the history of Judaism?

Brown v. Board Wasn't the First Case to Challenge Jim Crow in Schools

Brown v. Board of Education was a landmark case that advanced the fight against segregation laws, but it was a long road to get there.

How the Stonewall Riots Worked

The Stonewall Riots weren't the first time the LGBTQ community fought back against law enforcement, but they are a pivotal moment in the gay rights movement.

When Irish Immigrants Weren't Considered 'White'

In the mid-1800s, the white American establishment feared Irish immigrants would alter the country's makeup with foreign religion and customs.

Ridiculous History: When U.S. Farmers Went Mad for Bird Poop

And people were sailing to remote islands to get it.

Ridiculous History: Ancient Armies Waged War With Hallucinogenic Honey

Sweet, delicious honey may seem like a strange ingredient for toxic warfare, but "mad honey" was, and still is, a potent poison.

New Cave Discovered at Dead Sea Scrolls Site

Archaeologists say that what's missing in Cave 12, the first new cave found at Qumran in 60 years, might be more important than what's inside.

What Was the Very First Toothbrush?

You could probably give up a lot of things in this world, but could you give up your toothbrush?

Ridiculous History: Sentenced to Death by Molten Gold Down the Throat

Imagine burning molten metal poured into your open mouth. That horrifying form of execution actually happened — and scientists studied what actually killed the victim.

How the Black Panthers Worked

Back in the 1960s, the Black Panthers were considered either revolutionary heroes or dangerous communists, depending on who you asked. What was really the truth behind the group and what does it mean today?

Scientists Are Planning Their Own March on Washington for Earth Day 2017

Inspired by the Women's March on Washington, and motivated by perceived anti-science stances by the Trump administration, a March for Science movement is taking off.

Let's Be Clear: 2016 Was the Hottest Year in Recorded History

Last year was the third consecutive year to set a new global annual temperature record, NOAA finds, and the warmest on average since 1880.

'Comfort Women': The Past and Present of Japan's Forced WWII Prostitutes

In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Cristen and Caroline explain the history of the women forced into prostitution for Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Ridiculous History: When Artists Fooled the Nazis With a Ghost Army

Or why combat skills aren't always necessary to gain the upper hand in war.

World's Oldest Veggie Casserole Found in the Sahara Desert

Prehistoric people cooked food in ceramic pots, and the oldest known evidence of cooked vegetables has now been found in the Sahara desert.

New Discoveries Reveal a Surprisingly Important Ancient Greek City

New discoveries at ruins near the central Greek town of Vlochós suggest the area was more important in ancient times than previously thought.

How Pacifism Works

Pacifism is more than just opposition to war. There are many types of pacifism, and some peace movements have successfully changed laws. But is pacifism still a valid concept in today's world of terrorism?

Ridiculous History: London Had a Train for the Dead

From 1854 to 1941, the London Necropolis Railway carried the dead and the living who mourned them alike to the largest cemetery in the world.

10 Scare-inducing Moments in History

Here are just 10 of the countless events in our history that have stoked fear among the masses — and rightfully so.

10 Monumental Events That Were Overshadowed by Other Events

Where were you when Farrah Fawcett died? Chances are you don't remember. But if we threw out Michael Jackson's name that might ring a bell. Guess what? Both events were on the same day.

Ridiculous History: When Warships Dazzled With Psychedelic Camouflage

From more than 100 years ago and up until World War II, navies used wild "razzle dazzle camouflage" paint patterns and colors to thwart enemies.

How the Hunt for D.B. Cooper Worked

After nearly half a century capturing the attention and imaginations of millions, the infamous D.B. Cooper plane-hijacking case has been closed. Will we ever know the true culprit?

10 Things Done Completely Out of Spite

Spite is not just for kids with broken toys. Many adults have gone to unbelievable lengths to pay back someone who did 'em wrong. Here are 10 classic examples.