History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000London Mayor Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill's Cheekiest Quoteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/london-mayor-boris-johnson-winston-churchill-legacy-180953538/London's mayor talks about his new Churchill biography, 50 years after the British Bulldog's deathWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Illustrious History of Misquoting Winston Churchillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/illustrious-history-misquoting-winston-churchill-180953634/Saying exactly what Churchill said isn’t easy—or cheap Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Radical Paradox of Martin Luther King’s Devotion to Nonviolencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-weve-forgotten-about-martin-luther-king-devotion-nonviolence-180953639/Biographer Taylor Branch makes a timely argument about civil right leader’s true legacyWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000There Are 120 Years of Lakota History on This Calendarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/120-years-lakota-history-on-calendar-180953641/The visual recording of life in the nation sheds light on a vanished cultureWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Will the Search for Amelia Earhart Ever End?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/will-search-for-amelia-earhart-ever-end-180953646/Nearly eight decades after she disappeared in the South Pacific, the aviator continues to spark intense passion—and controversyWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ptsd-civil-wars-hidden-legacy-180953652/One hundred and fifty years later, historians are discovering some of the earliest known cases of post-traumatic stress disorderWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-and-wasps-britain-have-been-disappearing-more-century-180953587/Changes in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ declineThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000When America Invested in Infrastructure, These Beautiful Landmarks Were the Resulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-america-invested-infrastructure-these-beautiful-landmarks-were-result-180953570/Explore eight of the Works Progress Administration’s most impressive structures.Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:15:39 +0000Inside the World of Istanbul's Male Belly Dancershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/inside-world-istanbuls-male-belly-dancers-180953539/The nation’s shifting views toward homosexuality have opened the market for a centuries-old traditionTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:05:19 +0000Up-Close and Personal With Chicago's Most Infamous Criminalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/-close-and-personal-chicagos-most-infamous-criminals-180953497/"Gangsters & Grifters," a book by the Chicago Tribune, recalls a time when photographers had unprecedented access to the world of crime Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:21:20 +0000The 17th-Century English Who Settled in the Southern U.S. Had Very Little to be Thankful Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/17th-century-english-who-settled-southern-us-had-very-little-be-thankful-180953466/Indentured servants, these immigrants suffered through malnutrition and horrible conditions upon arriving in AmericaTue, 25 Nov 2014 21:22:37 +0000Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decoding-lost-diary-david-livingstone-180953385/Modern technology allowed researchers to reveal that the good doctor was not all that the public presumed Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:15:03 +0000John Smith Coined the Term New England on This 1616 Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/john-smith-coined-the-term-new-england-on-this-1616-map-180953383/After Jamestown, Smith pushed the English to settle the northeast, identifying Plymouth as a suitable harbor four years before the Pilgrims landed thereMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:41:30 +0000It Could Have Been Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/it-could-have-been-reginald-red-nosed-reindeer-180953390/Inside the very shiny life of a 75-year-old marketing gimmickThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Origin of the Number Zerohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/origin-number-zero-180953392/Deep in the jungle, an intrepid scholar locates a symbol of power and mysteryThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Roosevelt Family Built a New York Coffee Chain 50 Years Before Starbucks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/roosevelt-family-built-new-york-coffee-chain-50-years-starbucks-180953398/Teddy Roosevelt’s children brought fresh-roasted beans and European coffeehouse culture to ManhattanThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Controversial Afterlife of King Tuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/controversial-afterlife-king-tut-180953400/A frenzy of conflicting scientific analyses have made the famous pharaoh more mysterious than everThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the SR-71 Blackbird is the Epitome of Cold War Spycrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-sr-71-blackbird-epitome-cold-war-spycraft-180953402/The sleek and shadowy plane still commands awe 50 years after its first test flightThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horrific-sand-creek-massacre-will-be-forgotten-no-more-180953403/The opening of a national historic site in Colorado helps restore to public memory one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated on Native AmericansThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Lee Harvey Oswald Shot the President, His Mother Tried to Take Center Stagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-lee-harvey-oswald-shot-president-his-mother-tried-take-center-stage-180953351/Marguerite Oswald had a series of bizarre reactions to her son’s transgression, forever making her a famous mother to historyThu, 20 Nov 2014 14:34:24 +0000The World's Longest Beard Is One Of The Smithsonian's Strangest Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-home-worlds-longest-beard-180953370/Kept in storage at the National Museum of Natural History, the world's longest beard measures over 17 feet in lengthWed, 19 Nov 2014 19:35:29 +0000Before Serial, There Were These Groundbreaking Examples of Serialized Non-Fictionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/serial-there-were-these-groundbreaking-examples-serialized-non-fiction-180953378/Can’t wait for the next episode of the podcast series? Take a look at these popular predecessorsWed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:12 +0000How the Office of the Vice Presidency Evolved from Nothing to Somethinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-office-vice-presidency-evolved-nothing-something-180953302/Vice President John Adams once said "In this I am nothing, But I may be everything." A new book tells how the office has moved from irrelevance to powerTue, 18 Nov 2014 20:28:17 +0000The Whiskey Wars That Left Brooklyn in Ruinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whiskey-wars-left-brooklyn-ruins-180953352/Unwilling to pay their taxes, distillers in New York City faced an army willing to go to the extreme to enforce the lawTue, 18 Nov 2014 14:33:31 +0000Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/meet-100-most-significant-americans-all-time-180953341/A new, special issue of <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine attempts the impossible: to list out the most significant people in United States historyMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:55:43 +0000Why Colors You See in an Art Museum Can’t Be Replicated Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-colors-you-see-art-museum-cant-be-replicated-today-180953332/A look into the history of the pigments used in spectacular artFri, 14 Nov 2014 18:29:38 +0000The Long History of Disease and the Fear of the “Other” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/long-history-disease-and-fear-other-180953310/Reactionary quarantines and travel bans are far older than the current Ebola scaresThu, 13 Nov 2014 15:19:18 +0000Ice Age Babies Surrounded by Weapon Parts Found in Alaska http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ice-age-babies-surrounded-weapon-parts-found-alaska-180953285/Unearthed at an ancient hunting camp in Alaska, the infant remains are offering clues to the burial rites of early AmericansMon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000The Real Johnny Appleseed Brought Apples—and Booze—to the American Frontier http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/real-johnny-appleseed-brought-applesand-booze-american-frontier-180953263/The apples John Chapman brought to the frontier were very different than today's apples—and they weren't meant to be eatenMon, 10 Nov 2014 14:53:44 +0000Amazing, Rare Photographs of the Berlin Wall Coming Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/amazing-rare-photographs-berlin-wall-coming-down-180953278/Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian traveled to Berlin based on rumor, and she ended up becoming a witness to historyFri, 07 Nov 2014 22:01:08 +0000The Story of the Most Successful Tunnel Escape in the History of the Berlin Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/most-successful-tunnel-escape-history-berlin-wall-180953268/An abandoned bakery, some shovels and a few buckets were all it took for a few university students to defy the symbolic barrier of the Cold WarFri, 07 Nov 2014 13:42:58 +0000A Las Vegas Bathroom and 9 Other Unexpected Places to See the Berlin Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/las-vegas-bathroom-unexpected-places-to-see-berlin-wall-180953226/Twenty five years ago, the Berlin Wall came crumbling down. Today, segments can be found in over 140 memorials worldwideThu, 06 Nov 2014 19:01:47 +0000The Forgotten History of Mace, Designed by a 29-Year-Old and Reinvented as a Police Weaponhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-history-mace-designed-29-year-old-and-reinvented-police-weapon-180953239/When riots shook America, mace became a tool of crowd control instead of private protectionTue, 04 Nov 2014 17:51:38 +0000Past Transit Tragedies Point to a Way Forward for Virgin Galactichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/past-transit-tragedies-point-way-forward-virgin-galactic-180953236/From a fatal Apollo fire to the sinking of the <em>Titanic</em>, history has a few lessons following last week’s spaceflight disastersTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:03:08 +0000This Fifth Grader Found a 14,000-Year-Old Clovis Point, Likely Unearthed From Hurricane Sandyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifth-grader-found-14000-year-old-clovis-point-likely-unearthed-because-hurricane-sandy-180953230/Noah Cordle was boogie boarding in New Jersey when he came upon an ancient hunting toolTue, 04 Nov 2014 15:10:16 +0000Whigs Swigged Cider and Other Voter Indicators of the Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whigs-swigged-cider-other-voter-indicators-past-180953214/Throughout most of American history, what someone wore indicated their political affiliations as loudly as a Prius or a Hummer might todayMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:56:05 +0000An Awe-Inspiring Altar Remembers One Latino Artist's Guiding Spirit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/awe-inspiring-altar-remembers-one-latino-artists-guiding-spirit-180953215/At the American History Museum, an installation reimagines the life story of a Latina artist and writerFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:19:40 +0000How Halloween Has Taken Over Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-halloween-has-taken-over-england-180953211/The British have long celebrated Guy Fawkes Day on November 5, but now the October 31 holiday is a lot more appealing.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:40:09 +0000How Witches' Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Markethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-witches-brews-helped-bring-modern-drugs-market-180953202/Got nausea, headaches or heart trouble? You can thank medieval witches’ potions for helping to cure what ails youFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:46 +0000No Costume? Grab A Sheet And Rock a Togahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/no-costume-grab-sheet-and-rock-toga-180953199/Costume designer Mariah Hale explains how to wrap the perfect last-minute togaFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:57:14 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-legend-sleepy-hollow-tells-us-about-contagion-fear-and-epidemics-180953192/Washington Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000This Grave Atlas Shows Where to Find the Distinguished Deceasedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/grave-atlas-shows-where-find-distinguished-deceased-180953187/We know where the bodies are buried ... take a virtual tour of world cemeteries that host famous artists and roguesWed, 29 Oct 2014 18:01:49 +0000The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/doctor-who-starved-her-patients-death-180953158/Linda Hazzard killed as many as a dozen people in the early 20th century, and they paid willingly for itTue, 28 Oct 2014 15:28:29 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-real-sea-monsters-brought-life-early-naturalists-180953155/From kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Women of the Early 1900s Rallied Behind Beautiful, Wartless Witcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/early-20th-century-women-rallied-behind-beautiful-wartless-witches-180953134/Women looking to work, vote and marry whomever they wanted turned the Halloween icon into a powerful symbolMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:23 +0000The Eastland Disaster Killed More Passengers Than the Titanic and the Lusitania. Why Has It Been Forgotten?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eastland-disaster-killed-more-passengers-titanic-and-lusitania-why-has-it-been-forgotten-180953146/Chicago’s working poor were expecting a day in luxury. They instead faced a horrific calamity on Lake Michigan Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:08:37 +0000Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-years-flores-hobbit-human-evolution-fossil-puzzle-180953108/Why was the 2004 unveiling of a small hominin dubbed <em>Homo floresiensis</em> such a big deal?Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000The London Graveyard That’s Become a Memorial for the City’s Seedier Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/london-graveyard-s-become-memorial-citys-seedier-past-180953104/Thousands of bodies from London’s first red light district are buried beneath a lot in the South Bank, an area under massive redevelopmentTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:31:37 +0000Five Conflicts and Collapses That May Have Been Spurred by Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/climate-wars-conflicts-collapses-spurred-climate-change-180952862/Earth's changing climate has been a spectre in centuries of civil conflict and, at times, the collapse of whole civilizationsMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:51:00 +0000Unearthing America’s Lawrence of Arabia, Wendell Phillips http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unearthing-americas-lawrence-arabia-wendell-phillips-180953059/Phillips uncovered millennia-old treasures beneath Arabian sand, got rich from oil and died relatively unknownMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:37:56 +0000