History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:59:22 +0000The History of the National Prayer Breakfasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/national-prayer-breakfast-what-does-its-history-reveal-180962017/The tradition began with President Eisenhower and has often been a place for the chief executive to talk about his faithThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:20:23 +0000Eight Places to Celebrate the Accomplishments of Great American Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/places-celebrate-great-american-women-180961825/Women are grossly under-represented when it comes to recognition in public places, but here are a few places that pay tribute to their contributionsThu, 19 Jan 2017 21:21:55 +0000The Original Women's March on Washington and the Suffragists Who Paved the Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/original-womens-march-washington-and-suffragists-who-paved-way-180961869/They fought for the right to vote, but also advanced the causes for birth control, civil rights and economic equalitySat, 21 Jan 2017 17:46:28 +0000Prehistoric Pointillism? Long Before Seurat, Ancient Artists Chiseled Mammoths Out of Dotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-pointillism-long-seurat-ancient-artists-chiseled-mammoths-out-dots-180962306/Newly discovered 38,000-year-old cave art predates the French post-Impressionist art formMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:59:22 +0000What's Changed in the 30 Years Since the Smithsonian Opened an Exhibition on Japanese Internmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/marking-75th-anniversary-wrong-imprisonment-120000-japanese-americans-180962278/A new display at the American History Museum marks the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:25:00 +0000How Obama's Historic 2008 DNC Speech Came Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/obamas-historic-2008-dnc-speech/Presidential candidate Barack Obama's scheduled speech to the Democratic National Convention fell on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speechMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Fake Trees Were Used as Spy Posts on the Front Lines of World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fake-spy-trees-WWI-180962179/On the Western Front, meticulously crafted iron trees were used by both sides to conceal enemy forcesFri, 24 Feb 2017 19:31:02 +0000Lights, Camera…Cocktails! Five Historic Bars From Hollywood’s Golden Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/relive-hollywoods-golden-age-these-five-historic-los-angeles-bars-180962286/Toast the Oscars at one of these Old Holywood watering holesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:53 +0000The Historic Innovation of Land Mines—And Why We've Struggled to Get Rid of Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/historic-innovation-land-minesand-why-weve-struggled-get-rid-them-180962276/A number of researchers are developing tools to defuse or detonate land mines without harming civiliansFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-greenland-vikings-vanished-180962119/Newly discovered evidence is upending our understanding of how early settlers made a life on the island -- and why they suddenly disappearedThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Abraham Lincoln Was Revered in Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-mexico-loved-lincoln-180962258/As a young Congressman and later as the nation’s leader, the first Republican president proved to be a true friend to America’s neighbor to the southThu, 23 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000When Hollywood Glamour Was Sold at the Local Department Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-hollywood-glamour-was-sold-local-department-store-180962262/During the 1930s, the world’s most fashionable looks came not from Paris, but from La-La LandThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:18:10 +0000A Submarine Dangerously Tests How Deep It Can Gohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-submarine-dangerously-tests-how-deep-it-ca/The USS Tang was a state-of-the-art Balao class submarine, certified by the Navy to dive up to 400 feetThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Everlasting, Awe-Inspiring Power of Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/everlasting-awe-inspiring-power-alaska-180962126/For 150 years, Alaska has been a part of the United States, and it's never ceased to amazeWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:21:50 +0000Vladimir Lenin's Return Journey to Russia Changed the World Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/vladimir-lenin-return-journey-russia-changed-world-forever-180962127/On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, our writer set out from Zurich to relive this epic travelWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:15:01 +0000In the Footsteps of Three Modern American Prima Ballerinas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/footsteps-three-modern-american-prima-ballerinas-180962217/A new exhibition shows that classical ballet and the role of the ballerina are rapidly changingWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:35 +0000What Maximum Security Meant for Ancient Tomb Raidershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-maximum-security-meant-for-ancient-tomb/The Han dynasty tombs were packed with some of the empire's most valuable relics. To guard against theft, colossal stones, each weighing six tonsWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000The True Story of the Reichstag Fire and the Nazi Rise to Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-reichstag-fire-and-nazis-rise-power-180962240/When the German parliamentary building went up in flames, Hitler harnessed the incident to seize powerTue, 21 Feb 2017 20:06:02 +0000Andrew Jackson Was a Populist Even on His Deathbedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/andrew-jackson-populist-even-deathbed-180962124/This lavishly decorated crypt was considered too ornate for the American presidentTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Holocaust's Great Escapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/holocaust-great-escape-180962120/A remarkable discovery in Lithuania brings a legendary tale of survival back to lifeTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Device Unearthed an Ancient Gladiator Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-device-unearthed-an-ancient-gladiator-s/With its abundant greenery, you'd have no idea there was once an ancient city located just outside of RomeTue, 21 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Early Tech Adopters in Ancient Rome Had Portable Sundialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/early-tech-adopters-ancient-rome-had-portable-sundials-180962225/A little gadget could make you look smart, rich, and tech-savvy—all without necessarily fulfilling its real functionMon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Daring Rescue-by-Submarine, Deep in Enemy Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-daring-rescue-by-submarine-deep-in-enemy/When a WWII Australian spy operation in occupied Borneo is uncovered, its operatives go into hiding. Rescuing them involves sneaking a sub into enemy waterMon, 20 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Russia’s February Revolution Was Led by Women on the Marchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/russias-february-revolution-was-led-women-march-180962218/How the downfall of the Romanovs finally came about 100 years agoFri, 17 Feb 2017 15:06:48 +0000The True Friendship That Saved Abraham Lincoln's Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-abraham-lincolns-bromance-alter-course-american-history-180962203/Before he was president, Lincoln's lasting relationship with Joshua Speed brought him out of the doldrums of despairThu, 16 Feb 2017 19:16:26 +0000With Patents or Without, Black Inventors Reshaped American Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-patents-or-without-black-inventors-reshaped-american-industry-180962201/American slaves couldn't hold property, including patents on their own inventions. But that didn't stop black Americans from innovating in our countryThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:10:22 +0000When Lincoln Was More a Politician Than an "Honest Abe"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/honest-abe-wasnt-always-quite-so-honest-180962194/He resorted to a dirty trick to embarrass a rivalThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:59:20 +0000“Are We Alone in the Universe?” Winston Churchill's Lost Extraterrestrial Essay Says No http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/winston-churchill-question-alien-life-180962198/The famed British statesman approached the question of alien life with a scientist's mindThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:47:46 +0000Sticky Rice Mortar, the View From Space, and More Fun Facts About China’s Great Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sticky-rice-mortar-view-space-and-more-fun-facts-about-chinas-great-wall-180962197/The not-so-effective wall was a lengthy, pricey project that stretched across thousands of yearsThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:03:36 +0000The 1977 Conference on Women’s Rights That Split America in Twohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1977-conference-womens-rights-split-america-two-180962174/Feminism and the conservative movement clashed over issues such as abortion and LGBTQ rightsWed, 15 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Complicated Racial Politics of Going “Undercover” to Report on the Jim Crow Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/complicated-racial-politics-going-undercover-report-jim-crow-south-180962164/How one journalist became black to investigate segregation and what that means todayTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:47:49 +0000Unearthing Armenia’s Giant, Ancient Earthenwarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/keeping-karas-unearthing-armenias-ancient-earthenware-180962166/These 240-gallon clay karases, crucial to the early development of winemaking, once held enormous valueTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:07:19 +0000The Lesser-Known History of African-American Cowboyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lesser-known-history-african-american-cowboys-180962144/One in four cowboys was black. So why aren’t they more present in popular culture?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:28:23 +0000The Century-Long History of Tapping Wall Street to Run the Governmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/century-long-history-tapping-wall-street-run-government-180962146/Looking to the one-percent to lead the country goes back to the era of World War IMon, 13 Feb 2017 16:04:23 +0000The History and Science Behind Your Terrible Breathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/halitosis-horrors-how-bad-breath-became-americas-worst-nightmare-180962104/Persistent mouth-stink has been dousing the flames of passion for millennia. Why haven’t we come up with a cure?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Nothing Says ‘I Hate You’ Like a ‘Vinegar Valentine’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nothing-says-i-hate-you-vinegar-valentine-180962109/For at least a century, Valentine’s Day was used as an excuse to send mean, insulting cardsFri, 10 Feb 2017 15:08:34 +0000 In the Congressional Fight Over Slavery, Decorum Went Out the Doorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tempers-ran-so-hot-congress-one-senator-was-nearly-beaten-death-180962111/Amid today's dissent over proper Senate behavior, take a look back at when an assault in the Senate divided the nationFri, 10 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000What a Broom Tied to a Periscope Means in the U.S. Navyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-a-broom-tied-to-a-periscope-means-in-th/On February 7, 1943, the USS Wahoo sailed proudly into Pearl Harbor, a broom tied to her periscope. It was a wink to an old Naval traditionFri, 10 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why We Need to Fight to Save Mosul’s Cultural Heritagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-need-fight-save-mosuls-cultural-heritage-180962091/As the battle to save Iraq from ISIS continues, Smithsonian experts are helping local people preserve their historyThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The “Scandalous” Quarter Protest That Wasn’thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/scandalous-quarter-protest-wasnt-180962088/Were Americans really so outraged by a semi-topless Lady Liberty that the U.S. Mint had to censor this coin?Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:36:47 +0000Why the USS Wahoo and Its Skipper Were a Perfect Matchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-uss-wahoo-and-its-skipper-were-a-per/The new skipper of the Wahoo was the formidable Dudley Morton--a Kentucky Baptist with an aggressive philosophy on how submarine warfare should be wagedThu, 09 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Soprano Who Upended Americans' Racist Stereotypes About Who Could Sing Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-elizabeth-taylor-greenfield-americas-first-black-pop-star-180962077/ Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield was in many ways the nation's first black pop starWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:38:37 +0000The Invention of Vintage Clothinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invention-vintage-clothing-180962073/It all began with the Davy Crockett coonskin hat craze and a bunch of Bohemians yearning to swathe themselves in decades-old furWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:48:05 +0000How One Black Family Drove an Auto Racing Association to the Winner’s Circlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-black-family-drove-auto-racing-association-winners-circle-180962065/A new collection at the National Museum of American History reveals the untold story Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:32:19 +0000Found in the Remains of a Former Gilded Age Mansion, an Ancient Roman Artifact Reveals Its Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remains-abandoned-gilded-age-mansion-ancient-roman-artifact-reveals-its-secrets-180962071/Bridging three periods of income inequality, the gravestone of a former slave finds a new homeTue, 07 Feb 2017 18:26:51 +0000How the Passport Became an Improbable Symbol of American Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-passport-became-improbable-symbol-american-identity-180962064/The idea of having documents to cross borders is ancient, but when it became popularized in the U.S., it caused quite the stirTue, 07 Feb 2017 15:12:30 +0000Muslims Were Banned From the Americas as Early as the 16th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/muslims-were-banned-americas-early-16th-century-180962059/Long before today’s anxiety about terror attacks, Spain and England feared that enslaved Africans would be more susceptible to revolt if they were MuslimTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:37:31 +0000Does This Scenario Explain JFK Jr.'s Plane Crash?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/does-this-scenario-explain-jfk-jrs-plane-c/A distracting radio issue, a hazy night, and a new pilot unsure of his instruments. According to investigators, these were some of the possible factorsTue, 07 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Literacy Tests and Asian Exclusion Were the Hallmarks of the 1917 Immigration Acthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-america-grappled-immigration-100-years-ago-180962058/One hundred years ago, the U.S. Congress decided that there needed to be severe limits on who was coming into the countryMon, 06 Feb 2017 19:52:21 +0000For Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, Life Was a Banquet, But the Afterlife Was the Greatest Feast of All http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/pharaonic-feast-afterlife-history-cultural-travel-180961617/Life after death for the Ancient Egyptian elite included lots, and lots, of foodFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:55:03 +0000Ten Fun Facts About the Original Patriotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/10-fun-facts-about-original-patriots-180962032/The football team may only have a 57-year history, but its mascot stretches back to the country's foundationFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:09:35 +0000What the Director of the African American History Museum Says About the New Emmett Till Revelations http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-director-african-american-history-museum-says-about-new-emmett-till-revvelations-180962025/Decades after his death, the wife of his murderer confesses she lied under oath Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:06:39 +0000During World War II, the U.S. Saw Italian-Americans as a Threat to Homeland Securityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/italian-americans-were-considered-enemy-aliens-world-war-ii-180962021/The executive order that forced Japanese-Americans from their homes also put immigrants from Italy under the watchful eye of the governmentThu, 02 Feb 2017 19:08:17 +0000What Death Threats Against My Parents Taught Me About Taking a Standhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-death-threats-against-my-parents-taught-me-about-taking-stand-180962007/Family stories are an ideal way to explore themes like “where have I come from?” and “where am I going?”Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:51:16 +0000The Mass Shooting That Reshaped the Canadian Debate About Guns and Political Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mass-shooting-reshaped-canadian-debate-about-guns-and-political-identity-180962013/The 1989 Montreal Massacre set the stage for discussions about insane killers and targeting womenThu, 02 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Do Chinese Restaurants Have Such Similar Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-do-chinese-restaurants-such-similar-names-180961996/Consistency and familiarity is the traditionWed, 01 Feb 2017 16:18:35 +0000The Story of the Astrolabe, the Original Smartphonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astrolabe-original-smartphone-180961981/Prosperous times likely paved the way for this multifunctional device, conceptual ancestor to the iPhone 7Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:56:06 +0000Humans May Have Arrived in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-may-have-arrived-north-america-10000-years-earlier-we-thought-180961957/A 24,000-year-old horse jawbone is helping rewrite our understanding of human habitation on the continentTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:18:08 +0000The Royal Archives Reveals the Hidden Genius Behind George III’s “Madness”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/royal-archives-reveals-hidden-genius-behind-george-iiis-madness-180961975/Historians are salivating at the opportunity to gain new insights into the massively misunderstood monarchMon, 30 Jan 2017 20:23:52 +0000Canadian Scientists Explain Exactly How Their Government Silenced Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/canadian-scientists-open-about-how-their-government-silenced-science-180961942/It wasn’t just climate research. Rock snot, sharks and polar bears: All were off-limits during the Harper administrationMon, 30 Jan 2017 19:14:17 +0000On the Eve of the Russian Revolution, a Palace Coup Seemed Inevitable, But Where Would it Come From?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eve-revolution-palace-coup-inevitable-where-come-from-180961966/The elites were upset, but the working class was primed for insurrectionMon, 30 Jan 2017 18:13:57 +0000What Is it Like to Be a Refugee? Here’s Your Chance to Ask Onehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-it-be-refugee-heres-your-chance-ask-one-180961970/At the U.S. Holocaust Museum, an immersive video chatting experience allows you to talk in real-time with refugees living in campsMon, 30 Jan 2017 17:53:14 +0000Fred Korematsu Fought Against Japanese Internment in the Supreme Court… and Losthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fred-korematsu-fought-against-japanese-internment-supreme-court-and-lost-180961967/Nearly 75 years later, the infamous decision has yet to be overturnedMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:45:19 +0000Explore the Ruins of an Ancient Incense Routehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-remnants-ancient-incense-route-180961873/Follow frankincense and myrrh on a historic journey through the desertThu, 26 Jan 2017 17:40:22 +0000The Surprising Ingenuity Behind “Goodnight Moon”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprising-ingenuity-behind-goodnight-moon-180961923/Author Margaret Wise Brown used new theories in childhood education to write the classic children’s bookThu, 26 Jan 2017 15:53:31 +0000How the 19th-Century Know Nothing Party Reshaped American Politicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/immigrants-conspiracies-and-secret-society-launched-american-nativism-180961915/From xenophobia to conspiracy theories, the Know Nothing party launched a nativist movement whose effects are still felt todayThu, 26 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Legacy of the Apollo 1 Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/legacy-apollo-1-disaster-180961917/Fifty years after a fire killed three astronauts and temporarily grounded U.S. space exploration, a new exhibit honors the fallen crewWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:55:44 +0000How Victorian Gender Norms Shaped the Way We Think About Animal Sex http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/victorian-gender-norms-shaped-how-biologists-think-animal-sex-180961892/ No, females aren't always choosy and males don't always get aroundTue, 24 Jan 2017 17:25:08 +0000What Did President Wilson Mean When He Called for “Peace Without Victory” 100 Years Ago?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-did-president-wilson-mean-when-he-called-peace-without-victory-100-years-ago-180961888/The iconic speech revealed the possibilities and the inherent problems with Wilsonian idealismMon, 23 Jan 2017 17:29:42 +0000Much of the Cuisine We Now Know, and Think of as Ours, Came to Us by Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/local-cuisine-war-tradition-food-history-cultural-travel-180961610/The long and winding road that brought "local" dishes to our platesMon, 23 Jan 2017 15:31:22 +0000Take a Look Inside These Six Presidential Homeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-former-presidential-homes-you-can-visit-this-inauguration-year-180961800/The White House isn't the only presidential address worth visiting this inauguration yearFri, 20 Jan 2017 16:30:33 +0000What Happens to President Obama's Papers and Artifacts Once He Leaves Office?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happens-president-obamas-papers-and-artifacts-once-he-leaves-office-180961871/From Cuban cigars to a 7,000-page torture reportThu, 19 Jan 2017 17:55:00 +0000When Was the First Inaugural Ball?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-was-first-inaugural-ball-180961863/Nothing says there’s a new president in town more than the dance party they throw Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:18:06 +0000This Interactive Maps Out the Lives of Former Presidentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/interactive-maps-out-lives-former-presidents-180961861/From Washington to Obama, how ex-commanders-in-chief bided their time after leaving officeThu, 19 Jan 2017 14:24:30 +0000To Bear Witness to Japanese Internment, One Artist Self-Deported Himself to the WWII Campshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/bear-witness-japanese-internment-one-artist-self-deported-himself-wwii-camps-180961853/The inhumanity brought on by Executive Order 9066 spurred Isamu Noguchi to actionThu, 19 Jan 2017 13:49:34 +0000Why America Has a “President” Instead of an “Exalted Highness”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-america-has-president-instead-exalted-highness-180961841/The title just used to mean someone who presided over a meetingWed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Take a Smithsonian Tour of All Things Presidentialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-our-tour-all-things-presidential-smithsonian-180961838/Here's how to locate official presidential portraits, works of art, material culture and campaign memorabilia across the SmithsonianTue, 17 Jan 2017 22:09:18 +0000This Hollywood Titan Foresaw the Horrors of Nazi Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/this-hollywood-titan-foresaw-horrors-nazi-germany-180961828/Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures, wrote hundreds of affidavits to help refugees escape EuropeTue, 17 Jan 2017 21:12:18 +0000Eleven Times When Americans Have Marched in Protest on Washingtonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/suffrage-civil-rights-war-and-puppets-when-and-why-americans-have-marched-washington-180961809/Revisiting some of the country’s most memorable uses of the right to assembleTue, 17 Jan 2017 17:49:23 +0000Why the Templar Secret Rituals Were So Controversialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-templar-secret-rituals-were-so-contr/From spitting on the Christian cross to strange sexual acts, the Knights Templar's secret rituals were controversialTue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000In the Darkest Days of World War II, Winston Churchill’s Visit to the White House Brought Hope to Washingtonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/darkest-days-world-war-ii-winston-churchills-visit-white-house-brought-hope-washington-180961798/Never has overstaying one’s welcome been so importantFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:11:15 +0000The Little-Remembered Ally Who Helped America Win the Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-remembered-ally-who-helped-america-win-revolution-180961782/Bernardo de Galvez’s involvement may not have been altruistic, but his contributions made a difference nonethelessFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:19:15 +0000"Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty?" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scrap-suffrage-history-180961780/In January 1917, women took turns picketing the White House with a voice empowered by American democracy Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:08:52 +0000How a Fire Opened Buckingham Palace Up to the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-a-fire-opened-buckingham-palace-to-public/A fierce backlash about the repair cost of a fire-damaged Windsor Castle led to a startling royal decision: Buckingham Palace would be opened to the publicThu, 12 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Speech and Bible From George Washington's First Inauguration Made History Many Times Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-washington-was-sworn-office-180961747/The first president created the tradition of giving an inaugural address and swearing the oath of office on a BibleWed, 11 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Was This Hidden Tunnel Used by the Knights Templar?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/hidden-tunnel-used-by-the-knights-templar/It's unclear if the Knights Templar created the secret tunnel in Acre, Israel, as an escape route or a way to secretly export valuable itemsWed, 11 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Murder, Marriage and the Pony Express: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Buffalo Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/murder-marriage-and-pony-express-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-buffalo-bill-180961736/His adventures were sensationalized in print and the Wild West show, but reality was more complicated—and compellingTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:19:53 +0000The Student and the Spy: How One Man’s Life Was Changed by the Cambridge Five http://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/student-and-spy-how-one-mans-life-was-changed-cambridge-five-double-agents-180961732/An unlikely friendship with Guy Burgess, the infamous British double-agent, brought unexpected joy to Stanley Weiss Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Explodedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/day-nimbus-weather-satellie-180961686/The writer's grandfather recalls a seminal moment in the Space RaceMon, 09 Jan 2017 19:18:49 +0000Escape Artist Harry Houdini Was an Ingenious Inventor, He Just Didn't Want Anybody to Knowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harry-houdini-ingenious-innovator-didnt-want-anybody-know-180961078/More than just a magician, Houdini was also an actor, aviator, amateur historian and businessman Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:15:27 +0000Why Queen Elizabeth II Decided to Televise Her Coronationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/queen-elizabeth-II-decided-to-televise-coronation/The BBC's request to air Queen Elizabeth II's coronation on TV was quickly dismissed by a royal court anxious to maintain decorumMon, 09 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and Other Famous Americans Who Escaped Brushes With Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/michael-jackson-donald-trump-and-other-famous-americans-who-escaped-brushes-death-180961707/The roads not taken for these 13 lucky souls saved their livesFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:30:44 +0000How the Knights Templar Came to Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-knights-templar-came-to-be/After a group of pilgrims were murdered in 1119, nine crusaders formed a pact to protect any others like them from harmFri, 06 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Everyday Struggle of a Child Whose Parents Are Incarceratedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/everyday-struggle-child-parents-incarcerated-180961438/With more American men and women in prison than ever before in our history, millions of children are struggling with the effects of a fractured family lifeThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Far-Reaching Effects of American Incarcerationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/far-reaching-effects-american-incarceration-180961435/Three photo essays explore the history and modern-day consequences of the world's highest incarceration rateThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000After 39 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment, Ricky Jackson Is Finally Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/years-wrongful-imprisonment-ricky-jackson-finally-free-180961434/Locked up for a murder he didn't commit, he served the longest sentence of any U.S. inmate found to be innocentThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Injustice of Japanese-American Internment Camps Resonates Strongly to This Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/injustice-japanese-americans-internment-camps-resonates-strongly-180961422/During WWII, 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into camps, a government action that still haunts victims and their descendantsThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Visit These Ten Sites Celebrating Major Anniversaries in 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-these-ten-sites-celebrating-major-anniversaries-2017-180961689/From Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary to the founding of Denali National Park, there are plenty of events to fill your calendarThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:54:22 +0000The Couple Who Saved China's Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lovers-shanxi-saved-chinas-ancient-architectural-treasures-before-lost-forever-180961424/As the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their country's richesWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:32:43 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilizationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/golden-warrior-greek-tomb-exposes-roots-western-civilization-180961441/The recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologistsWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:31:05 +0000March to the Joyous, Raucous Beat of the Sonic Boom of the Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/march-joyous-raucous-beat-sonic-boom-south-180961436/College football seasons come and go, but the joyous thunder of Jackson State's iconic marching band rolls onWed, 04 Jan 2017 16:20:38 +0000A Hurricane Destroyed This Louisiana Resort Town, Never to Be Inhabited Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hurricane-destroyed-louisiana-resort-town-never-be-inhabited-again-180961645/The destruction of Isle Derniere resonates as history’s warning for our era of rising seasWed, 04 Jan 2017 13:30:57 +0000How Disney Came to Define What Constitutes the American Experiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-disney-came-define-what-constitutes-american-experience-180961632/The entertainment company has been in the business of Americana since its inceptionTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:21:01 +0000Why Do We Play "Hail to the Chief" for the President?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-play-hail-to-chief-president-180961428/A Scottish rebel features prominently in the anthemTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Top History Books of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/top-history-books-2016-180961616/Here are some of the best titles to hit shelves this past yearFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:34:32 +0000Why 2016 Is Only the Most Recent Worst Year Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-2016-only-most-recent-worst-year-ever-180961609/This year has been miserable for many, but it has plenty of competition from its predecessors in the 20th centuryFri, 30 Dec 2016 17:26:15 +0000