History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenThu, 28 May 2015 19:14:57 +0000How Much U.S. History Do Americans Actually Know? Less Than You Think. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-much-us-history-do-americans-actually-know-less-you-think-180955431/We ask David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, how we can fix this problemThu, 28 May 2015 19:14:57 +0000Investigating the Case of the Earliest Known Murder Victimhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/investigating-case-earliest-known-murder-victim-180955409/A 430,000-year-old skull discovered in a Spanish cave bears evidence of deliberate, lethal blunt force trauma Wed, 27 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Classy Rise of the Trench Coathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trench-coat-made-its-mark-world-war-i-180955397/World War I brought with it a broad array of societal changes, including men's fashionWed, 27 May 2015 13:32:19 +0000Step Inside a Famous Submarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Step-inside-a-famous-submarine-180955042/Where to visit historic subs this summer—or ride in a modern one Tue, 26 May 2015 14:09:03 +0000Did This Map Guide Columbus?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-this-map-guide-columbus-180955295/Researchers decipher a mystifying 15th-century documentThu, 21 May 2015 18:20:53 +0000The "New Jerusalem" of Ethiopiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-new-jerusalem-of-ethiopia/No one knows for certain why the Lalibela churches share many similarities with Judaism, but scholars propose a handful of holy theoriesThu, 21 May 2015 15:13:12 +0000How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini Into a Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-wake-testing-atomic-bomb-bikini-became-thing-180955346/The scanty suit’s explosive start is intimately tied to the Cold War and the nuclear arms raceThu, 21 May 2015 14:45:18 +0000Why We'd Be Better Off if Napoleon Never Lost at Waterloohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/we-better-off-napoleon-never-lost-waterloo-180955298/On the bicentennial of the most famous battle in world history, a distinguished historian looks at what could have been Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Brief History of the Ferris Wheelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-ferris-wheel-180955300/Originally the American answer to the Eiffel Tower, the summertime amusement became a hallmark of summer funWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000When Colorado Was (And in Many Ways Still Is) the Switzerland of Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/colorado-switzerland-america-180955293/A hundred years ago, city slickers looking for wild times in Rocky Mountain National Park invented a new kind of American vacationWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Daily Lives of Iraq's Kurdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-daily-lives-iraq-kurds-180955297/America's most important ally in the battle against ISIS is closer than ever to fulfilling their hope of founding a new nationWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000American History Museum Scholar on the History of the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" Advertisementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-history-museum-scholar-coke-advertisement-180955318/The commercial that closed out the series finale of "Mad Men," explainedMon, 18 May 2015 19:25:26 +0000How His'n'Her Ponchos Became A Thing: A History Of Unisex Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/his-her-ponchoes-became-thing-history-unisex-fashion-180955240/"Unisex" was rarely used before the fashion trend hit it big in the late 1960sWed, 13 May 2015 14:57:31 +0000What Makes Bourbon Uniquely American?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-makes-bourbon-uniquely-american-180955231/A new book examines everything that makes the spirit special to the United StatesTue, 12 May 2015 13:33:28 +0000How 75 Years Ago Nylon Stockings Changed the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-75-years-ago-nylon-stockings-changed-world-180955219/The quest to replace natural silk led to the very first fully synthetic fiber and revolutionized the products we depend onMon, 11 May 2015 14:43:56 +0000A New Exhibition Offers a Preview of the New Collections at the National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-offers-preview-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180955211/Artifacts reveal the vibrant stories of everyday people, while also adding nuance to the landmark events taught in history classesMon, 11 May 2015 11:36:58 +0000This Map Shows the Full Extent of the Devastation Wrought by U-Boats in World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-shows-full-extent-devastation-wrought-uboats-world-war-i-180955191/On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a look at how "unrestricted submarine warfare" changed the rules of warThu, 07 May 2015 12:01:55 +0000Dramatic Images of Berlin in May 1945, Set Against the City's Prosperous Presenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/spring-berlin-1945-and-today-180955146/"Spring in Berlin" compares Germany's capital city at the end of World War II and todayWed, 06 May 2015 14:01:58 +0000The Infamous "War of the Worlds" Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Flukehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/infamous-war-worlds-radio-broadcast-was-magnificent-fluke-180955180/Orson Welles and his colleagues scrambled to pull together the show; they ended up writing pop culture historyWed, 06 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000These History-Making Artifacts Can Only be Found at Presidential Librarieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/pieces-presidential-history-most-unusual-artifacts-presidential-museums-180955160/From coconut shells to boat cloaks, these mementos tell fascinating tales from American presidential historyTue, 05 May 2015 13:37:12 +0000The Media Needs a History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest, Says the Director of the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/media-needs-history-lesson-addressing-civic-unrest-director-african-american-history-museum-180955140/Lonnie Bunch discusses social justice and the role of museums during times of upheavalFri, 01 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000The Reason Why D.C. Is Between Maryland and Virginiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-reason-why-dc-is-between-maryland-and-vi/Washington, D.C. is named after the first U.S. president. But do you know how he chose its location?Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:39:05 +0000The Huey Defined America's Presence in Vietnam, Even to the Bitter Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/anniversary-fall-saigon-honoring-huey-helicopter-180955099/The 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon presents a chance for one Vietnam War correspondent to look back at the iconic helicopterThu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000This Fluffy Little Dinosaur Had Bat-Like Wingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fluffy-little-dinosaur-had-bat-wings-180955122/About the size of a sparrow, Yi qi probably glided through Jurassic forests on membrane-covered appendagesWed, 29 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why Museums Should Be a Safe Space to Discuss Why #BlackLivesMatterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-museums-should-be-safe-space-discuss-why-black-lives-matter-180955114/Providing history, backstory and opportunity, the new role of the museum is to help visitors unpack and wrestle with the complex issues of the dayWed, 29 Apr 2015 14:00:06 +0000Daniel Boone's Wilderness Roadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/daniel-boones-wilderness-road/Forbidding mountains were no match for Daniel BooneMon, 27 Apr 2015 21:31:20 +0000Meet Chilesaurus, a New Raptor-Like Dinosaur With a Vegetarian Diethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-chilesaurus-new-raptor-dinosaur-vegetarian-diet-180955101/A seven-year-old and his family found the unusual Jurassic theropod while out for a hike in southern ChileMon, 27 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0000Taking Stock of 75 Years of McDonald'shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/taking-stock-75-years-mcdonalds-180954950/Has the original fast-food restaurant finally reached the end of its success?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Beautiful Drawings by Darwin's Artist-in-Residencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/beautiful-drawings-darwins-artist-residence-180954953/On the famous HMS Beagle voyage, painter Conrad Martens depicted the sights along the journeyThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Nylons' Run is Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-nylon-run-over-180954954/They were a craze when they debuted 75 years ago, but have since been replaced by new social normsThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Russell Crowe Takes a New Look at an Old Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/russell-crowe-takes-new-look-at-battle-gallipoli-180954962/The Australian actor/director's controversial film views the legendary Gallipoli from the Turkish sideThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000John Paul Jones and His Romantic Romp Through Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/john-paul-jones-and-his-romantic-romp-through-paris-180955059/After the naval hero gained acclaim in the American Revolution, he met many adorers in the French cityTue, 21 Apr 2015 17:39:37 +0000Why We Should Teach Music History Backwardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-we-should-teach-music-history-backwards-180955053/Rock fans do their own investigative work to understand their favorite groups’ influences. So why can’t the rest of us get with the program?Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:28:48 +0000170-Year-Old Champagne Recovered (and Tasted) From a Baltic Shipwreckhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/170-year-old-champagne-recovered-and-tasted-baltic-shipwreck-180955050/The uncorked bubbly goes from notes of wet hair and cheese to something spicy and smoky, enologists reportMon, 20 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000These Are Home Movies From Hitler's Vacationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/these-are-home-movies-from-hitlers-vacations/Hitler's relationship with Eva Braun was a closely kept secret. If she wasn't such a home-movie buff, their vacations would have remained a secretFri, 17 Apr 2015 21:21:05 +0000How Einstein's Brain Ended Up at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-einsteins-brain-ended-mutter-museum-philadelphia-180954987/Sixty years after the great scientist's death, his gray matter is on display Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:32:50 +0000The Untold Story of the Vengeful Japanese Attack After the Doolittle Raidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/untold-story-vengeful-japanese-attack-doolittle-raid-180955001/When the U.S. responded to Pearl Harbor with a surprise bombing of Tokyo, the Imperial Army took out its fury on the Chinese peopleWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:01:45 +0000What Booth Said After He Killed Lincolnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-booth-said-after-he-killed-lincoln/John Wilkes Booth certainly saw himself as a dramatic figure in history. Upon shooting Lincoln, he jumped onto the stage and condemned his victim in LatinTue, 14 Apr 2015 20:24:34 +0000Only a Handful of People Can Enter the Chauvet Cave Each Year. Our Reporter Was One of Them.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/only-handful-people-can-enter-chauvet-cave-each-year-our-reporter-was-one-them-180954981/A rare trip inside the home of the world’s most breathtaking cave painting leaves lasting memoriesTue, 14 Apr 2015 17:07:08 +0000How Samuel Mudd Went From Lincoln Conspirator to Medical Saviorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-samuel-mudd-went-lincoln-conspirator-medical-savior-180954980/Banished to an island prison in the Gulf of Mexico, the doctor who set Booth’s broken leg saved dozens of lives in a yellow fever outbreakTue, 14 Apr 2015 12:50:58 +0000The Plot to Kidnap Lincoln?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-plot-to-kidnap-lincoln/John Wilkes Booth knew he had to act quickly to save the South. But his original plan wasn't to kill Lincoln—it was to kidnap himMon, 13 Apr 2015 18:17:33 +0000A Host of Relics from Lincoln's Last Days All Came to Reside at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/host-relics-lincolns-last-days-all-came-reside-smithsonian-180954832/The Lincoln collection at the American History Museum marks the horrific tragedy and the poignancies of a nation in mourningSat, 11 Apr 2015 11:00:39 +0000Why We Have a Civic Responsibility to Protect Cultural Treasures During Wartimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-civic-responsibility-protect-cultural-treasures-during-wartime-180954887/With the recent deliberate destruction of cultural treasures in the Middle East, we remember the measures taken in the past to preserve our heritageFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:57:36 +0000What is the Nine Millionth Patent?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-is-the-nine-millionth-patent-180954928/The landmark announcement is part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Patent ActFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:29:59 +0000The Curtain Hasn't Closed Quite Yet on America's Longest-Running Puppet Theaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/magic-strings-bob-baker-marionette-theater-180954908/Though its namesake died last year, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is still hosting performances for audiences of all agesFri, 10 Apr 2015 14:46:21 +0000200 Years After Tambora, Some Unusual Effects Lingerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/200-years-after-tambora-volcano-eruption-unusual-effects-linger-180954918/Frankenstein, famine poetry, polar exploration—the "year without a summer" was just the beginningThu, 09 Apr 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Final Hours of John Wilkes Boothhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/final-hours-john-wilkes-booth-180954853/"I have too great a soul to die like a criminal," Booth once wroteWed, 08 Apr 2015 18:54:37 +0000The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/abraham-lincoln-team-of-rivals-180954850/What happened on that fateful Good Friday eveningWed, 08 Apr 2015 18:23:27 +0000The Assassination of Abraham Lincolnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/assassination-abraham-lincoln-180954794/A look back at the fateful night 150 years ago that changed American history foreverWed, 08 Apr 2015 18:19:48 +0000Two Eerie Medusa Heads Watch Over Turkey’s Waterwayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/two-eerie-medusa-heads-watch-over-turkeys-waterways-1-180954883/Why the Greek monster stares out from an ancient cistern in IstanbulWed, 08 Apr 2015 16:04:11 +0000Where to Go to Visit the Oldest Breweries in America http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/celebrate-national-beer-day-visiting-oldest-breweries-america-180954894/To commemorate National Beer Day, throw back a cold one for historyTue, 07 Apr 2015 16:30:31 +0000How the India Pale Ale Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-india-pale-ale-got-its-name-180954891/A look to the hoppy brew’s past brings us to the revolution in craft beer todayTue, 07 Apr 2015 12:50:43 +0000Back to Brontosaurus? The Dinosaur Might Deserve Its Own Genus After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/back-brontosaurus-dinosaur-just-might-deserve-its-own-genus-species-science-180954892/The popular name could be pulled back out of the scientific wastebasket, based on new analysis of dozens of related dinosaursTue, 07 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000The Year of Jackie Robinson's Mutual Love Affair With Montrealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/year-jackie-robinsons-mutual-love-affair-montreal-180954878/Before he became a major leaguer, Robinson spent a formative year in the more hospitable environs of CanadaMon, 06 Apr 2015 14:13:59 +0000The Gentleman's Agreement That Ended the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gentlemans-agreement-ended-civil-war-180954810/When Generals Grant and Lee sat down at Appomattox Court House, they brought an end to the struggle that had consumed the nation for five, long yearsMon, 06 Apr 2015 13:52:49 +000014 Easter Inventions That Never Quite Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/14-easter-inventions-that-never-quite-took-off-180954816/This holiday take a look at these products, from egg coloring devices to tomb pendantsFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:37:48 +0000Where to See the Fabled Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-you-can-see-fabled-imperial-russia-faberge-eggs-180954863/Remnants of a vanished past, Fabergé Easter eggs live on in museums and collections across the worldFri, 03 Apr 2015 12:05:43 +0000