History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenWed, 28 Sep 2016 14:11:34 +0000The Redacted Testimony That Fully Explains Why General MacArthur Was Firedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/redacted-testimony-fully-explains-why-general-macarthur-was-fired-180960622/Far beyond being insubordinate, the military leader seemed to not grasp the consequences of his desired strategyWed, 28 Sep 2016 14:11:34 +0000Does China's Only Female Emperor Deserve Her Bad Rap?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/does-chinas-only-female-emperor-deserve-her/Wu Zetian, empress of the Tang Dynasty, was believed to be a cunning and ruthless rulerTue, 27 Sep 2016 18:22:58 +0000In the Early 19th Century, Firefighters Fought Fires ... and Each Otherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/early-19-century-firefighters-fought-fires-each-other-180960391/Fighting fires in early America was about community, property and rivalryTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:44:30 +0000The Russian-U.S. Relationship Goes Way Back to John Quincy Adamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/russian-us-relationship-goes-way-back-john-quincy-adams-180960600/Before he became president, Adams was the nascent country’s first ambassador to RussiaTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:31:50 +0000A New Photo Book Reveals the Objects That Tell the Stories of the Rich and Famoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/stories-these-objects-owned-celebrities-could-tell-180960597/Photographer Henry Leutwyler usually shoots his camera at celebrities. For this book, he looked at their stuffTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:50:00 +0000Inside the Alluring Power of Public Opinion Polls From Elections Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/alluring-power-public-opinion-polls-elections-past-180960571/A digital-savvy historian discusses his popular @HistOpinion Twitter accountMon, 26 Sep 2016 15:55:20 +0000Thousands Converge on the National Mall For Music, Family, Remembrance and Celebrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thousands-converge-national-mall-music-family-remembrance-celebration-180960582/Families from all over the country arrive to celebrate the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and CultureSat, 24 Sep 2016 20:48:08 +0000Why Do We Still Have Morse Code and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-morse-code-questions-readers-180960460/You asked, we answerThu, 22 Sep 2016 18:15:36 +0000What Langston Hughes’ Powerful Poem “I, Too" Tells Us About America's Past and Presenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-langston-hughes-powerful-poem-i-too-americas-past-present-180960552/Smithsonian historian David Ward reflects on the work of Langston HughesThu, 22 Sep 2016 13:35:57 +0000Historic Bell Helps Ring in New African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/historic-bell-helps-ring-new-african-american-history-museum-180960545/Why President Obama won’t cut a ribbon when the new museum opens this SaturdayWed, 21 Sep 2016 17:55:36 +0000Why Dead Rulers of the Han Dynasty Were Plugged With Jadehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/dead-rulers-han-dynasty-jade/During the days of China's Han dynasty, when a ruler died his corpse was carefully packed with jade "plugs"Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:42:07 +0000How Cuba Remembers Its Revolutionary Past and Presenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cuba-remembers-revolutionary-past-present-180960447/On the 60th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s secret landing on Cuba’s southern shore, our man in Havana journeys into the island’s rebel heartWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:04:19 +0000Myth and Reason on the Mexican Borderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/myth-reason-mexican-border-180960357/The renowned travel writer journeys the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at life along the blurry 2,000-mile lineWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Mural on View in the African American History Museum Recalls the Rise of Resurrection City http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mural-view-african-american-history-museum-recalls-rise-resurrection-city-movement-180960525/The 1968 Hunger Wall is a stark reminder of the days when the country's impoverished built a shantytown on the National MallWed, 21 Sep 2016 12:57:51 +0000How the Heated, Divisive Election of 1800 Was the First Real Test of American Democracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/election-1800-first-real-test-american-democracy-180960457/A banner from the Smithsonian collections lays out the stakes of Jefferson vs. AdamsTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Sordid History of Mount Rushmorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sordid-history-mount-rushmore-180960446/The sculptor behind the American landmark had some unseemly ties to white supremacy groupsTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Founder of the Smithsonian Institution Figured Out How to Brew a Better Cup of Coffeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/founder-smithsonian-institution-how-brew-better-cup-coffee-180960208/Almost two hundred years ago, James Smithson devised a method for better brewing. We recreated it.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:12:38 +0000Were the Women of Petra More Important Than Men?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/important-women-of-petra/The Nabataeans worshipped powerful female deities and built lavish shrines in their honorTue, 20 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Even When He Was in His 20s, Winston Churchill Was Already on the Verge of Greatness http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/even-when-he-was-his-20s-winston-churchill-was-already-verge-greatness-180960490/The future Prime Minister became known throughout Britain for his travails as a journalist during the Boer WarMon, 19 Sep 2016 12:30:00 +0000Wu Zetian's Bold Move at the Spectacular Longmen Grottoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/wu-zetian-spectacular-longmen-grottoes-china/The Longmen Grottoes remain one of the most sacred places in ChinaMon, 19 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Photographer Nish Nalbandian on Bearing Witness to the Violence in the Syrian Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/photographer-nish-nalbandian-bearing-witness-violence-syrian-civil-war-180960467/In a new book, “A Whole World Blind,” the American photographer documents the tragedy in the Middle EastThu, 15 Sep 2016 14:03:09 +0000Visit the Site of the Biggest Witch Trial in Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-site-biggest-witch-trial-history-180959946/Over 7,000 people were accused of witchcraft in Basque SpainWed, 14 Sep 2016 18:50:54 +0000How Should South Africa Remember the Architect of Apartheid?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-should-south-africa-remember-architect-apartheid-180960449/Fifty years after H.F. Verwoerd was assassinated in Parliament, the nation he once presided over reckons with its pastWed, 14 Sep 2016 13:41:20 +0000Nat Turner's Bible Gave the Enslaved Rebel the Resolve to Rise Up http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nat-turners-bible-inspiration-enslaved-rebel-rise-up-180960416/A Bible belonging to the enslaved Turner spoke of possibility says curator Rex Ellis of the National Museum of African American History and CultureTue, 13 Sep 2016 18:54:36 +0000The Biggest Mass-Production Submarine of WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-biggest-mass-production-submarine-of-wwii/Brought into service just five months after Pearl Harbor, the USS Wahoo was built for sizeTue, 13 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Anthrax Letters That Terrorized a Nation Are Now Decontaminated and on Public Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/anthrax-letters-terrorized-nation-now-decontaminated-public-view-180960407/Carriers of the deadly anthrax bacteria, these letters—on loan from the FBI—can be seen at the National Postal MuseumMon, 12 Sep 2016 18:48:55 +0000The Crisis in Syriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crisis-syria-180960412/Smithsonian.com partners with the Wilson Center to provide some much-needed context on the deadly civil warMon, 12 Sep 2016 18:29:22 +0000American Drivers Have Bicyclists to Thank for a Smooth Ride to Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/american-drivers-thank-bicyclists-180960399/Urban elites with a fancy hobby teamed up with rural farmers in a movement that transformed the nationMon, 12 Sep 2016 12:25:42 +0000Why It Takes a Great Rivalry to Produce Great Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rivalrous-art-world-was-picasso-trying-put-one-over-matisse-180960348/Smithsonian historian David Ward takes a look at a new book by Sebastian Smee on the contentious games artists playFri, 09 Sep 2016 15:43:46 +0000The Forgotten Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Send Astronauts to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-black-women-mathematicians-who-helped-win-wars-and-send-astronauts-space-180960393/A new book documents the lives and accomplishments of NASA’s black “human computers” whose work was at the heart of the country’s greatest battlesThu, 08 Sep 2016 18:45:34 +0000How the Olympic Mountains Got Their Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-olympic-mountains-got-their-name/In 1788, a British mariner passed by the majestic mountains of northwest Washington. The peaks seemed the perfect dwelling place for Greek godsThu, 08 Sep 2016 13:20:14 +0000Remembering 9/11, From a Scrawled Note to a Scrap of Fuselage http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-911-scrawled-note-bit-fuselage-180960354/How objects both ordinary and extraordinary help us reflect on the devastationThu, 08 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Gladiator School Was Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-gladiator-school-was-like/It's uncertain whether gladiator school was run like a prison or was completely voluntary. However, a reasonable amount of comfort was providedWed, 07 Sep 2016 17:30:27 +0000Beneath This Medieval German Town Lie Over 25 Miles of Forgotten Tunnelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/exploring-underground-tunnels-oppenheim-germany-180960147/Go beneath the surface of OppenheimWed, 07 Sep 2016 16:53:44 +0000The New Deal Origins of Homeland Securityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-deal-origins-homeland-security-180960359/During FDR’s administration, the First Lady and the Mayor of New York clashed over guns, butter and American liberalismWed, 07 Sep 2016 15:18:36 +0000For Nearly 150 Years, This One House Told a Novel Story About the African-American Experiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-nearly-150-years-one-house-told-novel-story-african-american-epxperience-180960355/On view in the new museum, the woodframe dwelling evokes the aspirations and limitations of the era following enslavementWed, 07 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000It’s Sherbet, Not Sherbert, You Dilettanteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/its-sherbet-not-sherbert-you-dilettantes-180960347/The frozen treat has been mispronounced by generations of AmericansTue, 06 Sep 2016 16:01:07 +0000How Yosemite Became the Setting of a Chaotic 1970 Riothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-yosemite-became-setting-of-chaotic-1970-riot/Independence Day in 1970 at Yosemite National Park should have been an occasion for celebration. Instead, it became a day of violenceTue, 06 Sep 2016 14:20:56 +0000Life Aboard a Renovated World War II Tugboathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-at-sea-world-war-II-tugboat-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959434/With help from friends, a transplanted Philadelphian embarks on a voyage of discovery through Alaska's watersMon, 05 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +0000The Mission to Restore the Original Starship Enterprisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-mission-to-restore-the-original-starship-enterprise-180960339/The beloved 1960s studio model stars in <em>Building Star Trek</em>, a documentary premiering on Smithsonian Channel this SundayFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:40:41 +0000The Story of the Weber Grill Begins With a Buoyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/story-weber-grill-begins-buoy-180960335/When metalworker George Stephen, Sr. put two halves of a buoy together, he didn't know he was making a charcoal grill that would stand the test of timeFri, 02 Sep 2016 14:56:20 +0000In a Remote Alaskan Town, a Centuries-Old Russian Faith Thriveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/russian-easter-pascha-photography-old-believers-sect-russian-orthodox-church-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959440/Residents of Nikolaevsk remain true to the traditions of their ancestors, who fled religious persecution in the 17th-centuryFri, 02 Sep 2016 13:50:16 +0000The Great Fire of London Was Blamed on Religious Terrorismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/great-fire-london-was-blamed-religious-terrorism-180960332/Why scores of Londoners thought the fire of 1666 was all part of a nefarious Catholic conspiracyFri, 02 Sep 2016 12:58:54 +0000Crazy Vintage Footage of Park Visitors Feeding Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/crazy-vintage-footage-park-visitors-feeding-bears/Wildlife management in national parks has come a long way in recent decades. In the '70s, visitors were regularly encouraged to feed bearsFri, 02 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +0000Your Questions About African-American History, Answeredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/questions-african-american-history-answered-180960120/A special edition of Ask Smithsonian on the occasion of the opening of a new Smithsonian museumThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:56:58 +0000Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deep-swamps-archaeologists-fugitive-slaves-kept-freedom-180960122/The Great Dismal Swamp was once a thriving refuge for runawaysThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:52:17 +0000The Children of Civil Rights Leaders Are Keeping Their Eyes on the Prizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/children-civil-rights-leaders-follow-path-parents-180960289/The next generation is following in the footsteps of its forebearsThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:02:09 +0000You Can Thank Scientists for the National Park Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/you-can-thank-science-and-scientists-national-park-system-180960275/Early conservation research and scientific expeditions laid the groundwork and helped to convince the public national parks were a good ideaThu, 01 Sep 2016 12:44:35 +0000The Long-Lasting Legacy of the Great Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/long-lasting-legacy-great-migration-180960118/When millions of African-Americans fled the South in search of a better life, they remade the nation in ways that are still being feltWed, 31 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000Take an Interactive Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-interactive-tour-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180960303/What to expect when you visit the Smithsonian’s newest museumWed, 31 Aug 2016 14:55:57 +0000Eleven Years After Katrina, What Lessons Can We Learn Before the Next Disaster Strikes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eleven-years-after-katrina-what-lessons-can-we-learn-next-disaster-strikes-180960293/Author and playwright John Biguenet offers his thoughts on the narrative of destructionWed, 31 Aug 2016 12:44:38 +0000Mary Beard on Pompeii's Showiest Familyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/mary-beard-on-pompeiis-showiest-family/The Valentes were a wealthy Pompeii family that used lavish, high-end parties to gain political clout. Classicist Mary Beard walks us through the remainsTue, 30 Aug 2016 21:47:07 +0000Seeing Is Believing: How Marie Tharp Changed Geology Forever http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seeing-believing-how-marie-tharp-changed-geology-forever-180960192/Marie Tharp's maps helped prove continental drift was real. But her work was initially dismissed as "girl talk"Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Surprise: Gladiators Were Vegetarianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/surprise-gladiators-were-vegetarians/A huge factor in a gladiator's physical fitness was a meatless diet. During training, he primarily ate beans for protein and barley for carbohydratesMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:42:50 +0000The Definitive Story of How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Came to Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/definitive-story-national-museum-african-american-history-culture-came-be-180960125/From courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, the director's tale is a fascinating oneMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:35 +0000The Powerful Objects From the Collections of the Smithsonian's Newest Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/powerful-objects-collections-smithsonian-museum-180960126/These artifacts each tell a part of the African-American storyMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:03 +0000The Blasphemous Geologist Who Rocked Our Understanding of Earth's Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/father-modern-geology-youve-never-heard-180960203/James Hutton was a leading light of his time, but is rarely talked about todayMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:33:36 +0000Keeping the Blues Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/keeping-blues-alive-180960128/Is blues music a thing of the past? A festival in Memphis featuring musicians of all ages and nationalities shouts an upbeat answerFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:24:54 +0000How One Millionaire's Promise Led to a National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-rockefeller-grand-teton-national-park/When millionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr. first visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1926, he vowed to preserve the awe-inspiring landThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:59:44 +0000Ancient Maya Bloodletting Tools or Common Kitchen Knives? How Archaeologists Tell the Differencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-maya-bloodletting-tools-or-kitchen-knives-how-archaeologists-tell-difference-1-180960232/New techniques for identifying the tools of sacrifice sharpen our understanding of the ritualWed, 24 Aug 2016 20:25:19 +0000Karl Marx, My Puppy ‘Max,’ Instagram and Mehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/karl-marx-my-puppy-max-instagram-and-me-180960205/A historian tries hard to understand modern society and buys a #cutepuppyMon, 22 Aug 2016 16:25:23 +0000The Man Who Ran a Carnival Attraction That Saved Thousands of Premature Babies Wasn't a Doctor at Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-pretended-be-doctor-ran-worlds-fair-attraction-saved-lives-thousands-premature-babies-180960200/Martin Couney carried a secret with him, but the results are unimpeachableFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:28:45 +0000Why We Have to Play Catch-up Collecting the Portraits of Female Athleteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-play-catch-collecting-portraits-female-athletes-180960179/As the “Summer of Women” unfolds in Rio, the Portrait Gallery is setting its sights on the futureFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:31:03 +0000The Rise of the Modern Sportswomanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rise-modern-sportswoman-180960174/Women have long fought against the assumption that they are weaker than men, and the battle isn’t over yetThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:18:39 +0000Is This a Portrait of One of the World’s Most Influential Philosophers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portrait-one-worlds-most-influential-philosophers-180960164/One Dutch art dealer is convinced that he owns the only portrait that Baruch Spinoza sat forWed, 17 Aug 2016 15:41:52 +0000The History of the American West Gets a Much-Needed Rewritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-american-west-gets-much-needed-rewrite-180960149/Artists, historians and filmmakers alike have been guilty of creating a mythologized version of the U.S. expansion to the westTue, 16 Aug 2016 16:58:14 +0000The Unusual Origins of Pink Lemonade http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unusual-origins-pink-lemonade-180960145/It’s a pretty scary story. It does involve clowns, after allTue, 16 Aug 2016 13:15:09 +0000A Secret Refuge for Elk Thought to Be Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-secret-refuge-for-elk-thought-to-be-extinct/As many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:47:53 +0000Sports History Forgot About Tidye Pickett and Louise Stokes, Two Black Olympians Who Never Got Their Shothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sports-history-forgot-about-tidye-pickett-and-louise-stokes-two-black-olympians-who-never-got-their-shot-glory-180960138/Thanks to the one-two punch of racism and sexism, these two women were shut out of the hero’s treatment given to other athletesMon, 15 Aug 2016 19:43:30 +0000John Muir's Transformative Climb Up Mt. Rainierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-muirs-transformative-climb-up-mt-rainier/In 1880, John Muir boldly hiked to the icy summit of one of Washington State's most recognizable landmarksMon, 15 Aug 2016 14:43:13 +0000Synchronized Swimming Has a History That Dates Back to Ancient Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/synchronized-swimming-has-history-dates-back-ancient-rome-180960108/Before it reached the Olympics, the sport was a spectacle of the circus and vaudevilleFri, 12 Aug 2016 15:56:57 +0000The Solar Storm That Nearly Set the Cold War Ablazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solar-storm-nearly-set-cold-war-ablaze-180960106/How radio interference from a 1967 solar storm spooked the U.S. military—and launched space weather forecastingFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:39:30 +0000The Media Learned Nothing After Misreporting the Reagan Assassination Attempthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/media-learned-nothing-after-misreporting-reagan-assassination-attempt-180960091/As the shooter John Hinckley returns to life outside of imprisonment, it’s worth looking back at every thing the media got wrong that day Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:23:40 +0000Babe Ruth Hit a Home Run With Celebrity Product Endorsementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-babe-ruth-hit-home-run-celebrity-product-endorsements-180960038/The Great Bambino was one of the first athletes to be famous enough to require a publicity agent to handle his affairsWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:18:39 +0000What You Don’t Know About Olympian Tommie Smith’s Silent Gesturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-you-dont-know-about-olympian-tommie-smiths-silent-gesture-180960056/The simple act of civil disobedience, thrusting a black-gloved fist in the air, produced shock waves across the nationTue, 09 Aug 2016 16:08:54 +0000How Chuck Taylor Taught America How to Play Basketballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-chuck-taylor-taught-america-how-play-basketball-180960050/A shoe-in for the first ever basketball game in the Olympics, Converse All Stars have a long history both in and out of sportMon, 08 Aug 2016 17:41:08 +0000The Insanely Ambitious and Corrupt Plot to Grow L.A.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/insane-ambitious-corrupt-plot-to-grow-los-angeles/In 1898, the mayor of Los Angeles, Fred Eaton, came up with an audacious plan to drive up the value of local real estateMon, 08 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Double Eagle Investigationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-double-eagle-investigation/Years after all double eagles were supposedly destroyed, the Secret Service traces the reappearance of two of the rare coins back to a deal with a jewelerFri, 05 Aug 2016 17:31:48 +0000A Radioactive Cold War Military Base Will Soon Emerge From Greenland’s Melting Ice http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/radioactive-cold-war-military-base-will-soon-emerge-greenlands-melting-ice-180960036/They thought the frozen earth would keep it safely hidden. They were wrongFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:35:46 +0000What It’s Like to Light the Olympic Cauldronhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/athlete-rafer-johnson-talks-about-what-its-light-olympic-cauldron-180959944/Today, retired Olympian Rafer Johnson carries a powerful legacy that honors the pride and spirit of the gamesThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:36:53 +0000The Ancient History of Cheating in the Olympicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-history-cheating-olympics-180960003/Punishment for cheating and bribery in the Olympics of Ancient Greece could include fines, public flogging and statewide bans from competitionWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:27:29 +0000The Amazing Rise of Parliament's First Female Memberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/amazing-rise-of-parliaments-first-female-member/When Nancy Astor's husband gave up his seat in British parliament, she decided to run in his placeWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:36:25 +0000What Does a Beer Historian Do? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-does-beer-historian-do-180960000/The American History museum’s latest job opening made headlines. But what does the job actually entail?Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:47:03 +0000How the Abduction of Patty Hearst Made Her an Icon of the 1970s Counterculturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-abduction-patty-hearst-made-her-icon-1970s-counterculture-180959971/A new book places a much-needed modern-day lens on the kidnapping that captivated the nationMon, 01 Aug 2016 15:08:49 +0000How the American Civil War Built Egypt’s Vaunted Cotton Industry and Changed the Country Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-american-civil-war-built-egypts-vaunted-cotton-industry-and-changed-country-forever-180959967/The battle between the U.S. and the Confederacy affected global trade in astonishing waysMon, 01 Aug 2016 12:27:16 +0000