Historical Events

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


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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Gold Rush-era Egg War of 1863 saw business competitors in San Francisco engage in lethal violence... over eggs?

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

A new exhibition creates exact replicas of cave art, found in a remote region along the Silk Road and spanning centuries, cultures and styles.

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

The presidential digs have housed more than a few untraditional pets through the years. Rebecca the Raccoon and Josiah the Badger are but two.

10 Terrible Cases of Mistaken Identity

Identity errors have led to a range of awfulness, from lengthy prison sentences to the wrong person being declared dead.

Ridiculous History: That Time Wine Flowed Out of the Taps

On the first Sunday in October, a fountain in the Italian town of Marino flows with wine. One year, however, things didn't go as planned.

Shunning the Suez: Tankers Take the Long Route to Save Cash

With oil prices dropping, a report showed some cargo ships found it cheaper to sail around South Africa, rather than paying $465,000 to go through the Suez Canal.

Ridiculous History: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835

In 1835, a newspaper ran a series of articles on lunar discoveries, leading papers to fly off the shelf. There was just one problem.

Ridiculous History: Ranchers Hacked Barbed Wire Fences to Create Phone Lines

A phone call from an early-1900s rural homestead was at the forefront of communications technology, and farms were the most networked communities of the time.

Ridiculous History: When Scientists Hid Under Beds to Do Research

Imagine a researcher eavesdropping on your conversation from underneath your bed and recording it for an experiment. That really happened.

How Operation Plowshare Worked

How to go from a Bible verse to carving canals with nukes in just a few easy steps — almost. Learn how operation plowshare worked at HowStuffWorks.