Historical Events

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

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

By Laurie L. Dove

And people were sailing to remote islands to get it.

By Kate Kershner

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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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.

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Kate Kershner

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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?

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Bryan Young

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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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.

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Clint Pumphrey

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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?

By Josh Clark

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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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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

By John Donovan

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

By Nicholas Gerbis

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.

By Rachel Pendergrass

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.

By John Donovan

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

By Bryan Young

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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.

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Bryan Young