Historical Events

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

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What Was the Christmas Truce?

World War I lasted more than four horrific years and took the lives of 8.5 million people. So why did soldiers spontaneously put down their guns and shake hands? And why did they start fighting again?

How Prohibition Worked

It's hard to believe that less than a century ago, the United States tried its best to legally ban alcohol. Prohibition spawned illegal speakeasies, organized crime and economic turmoil. Learn about it in this article.

Europe After World War I: November 1918-August 1931

World War I, also known as the Great War, left Germany and other countries humiliated and angry. This view was ignored. Learn about events that led to World War II.

World War II Timeline

World War II was a horrific period in history during which 50 million people perished from death camps, atomic bombs, and years of battle. Often called the Janus event of the 20th century, WWII is truly unforgettable. Learn how the Allies defeated Nazi Germany.

August 5: Nelson Mandela Arrested

Nelson Mandela was arrested on August 5, 1962. This arrest set in motion a chain of events that made Nelson Mandela a household name around the world.

Aug. 31: Princess Diana Dies After a Car Crash

A decade ago, this beloved princess was killed in an auto accident while fleeing the paparazzi. Remember the legacy of Princess Diana, her family and her charity work on the 10th anniversary of her untimely death.

The Hindenburg Crashes

The Hindenburg crash was a disaster on the scale of the Titanic. Learn about the Hindenburg crash, from the history of dirigibles to what may have gone wrong.


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