History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenFri, 12 Feb 2016 20:58:45 +0000How 43 Giant, Crumbling Presidential Heads Ended Up in a Virginia Fieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-43-decaying-president-heads-looks-180958129/After an ambitious monument went bust, big dreams—and big heads—remainFri, 12 Feb 2016 20:58:45 +0000Podcast: Farming Shaped the Rise and Fall of Empires in Cambodiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-farming-shaped-rise-and-fall-empires-cambodia-180958116/Beneath the country's troubled history with the Khmer Rouge lies a complex agricultural legacy that reaches back centuriesFri, 12 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000The First Children Who Led Sad Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-children-who-led-sad-lives-180958099/Several children of presidents met cruel fates in the first 150 years of our country's historyThu, 11 Feb 2016 16:43:24 +0000Dig Into the Nuclear Era's Homegrown Fallout Sheltershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dig-into-nuclear-era-homegrown-fallout-shelters-180958063/In 1955, the head of Civil Defense urged everyone to build an underground shelter "right now"Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:29:32 +0000Comb Through This Framed Collection of Presidential Hairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/comb-through-framed-collection-presidential-hair-180958064/The Smithsonian keeps a most unusual artifact of hair clipped straight from the heads of presidentsTue, 09 Feb 2016 19:59:11 +0000One Man's Epic Rail Journey to the Darjeeling Himalayahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/darjeeling-himalayan-railway-francis-baird-adventurer-trek-lachen-north-sikkim-india-tibet-180958045/A grandson retraces adventurer Francis K.I. Baird's mysterious trek to a remote village near the India-Tibet borderFri, 05 Feb 2016 20:54:38 +0000The Forgotten History of Women’s Footballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-history-womens-football-180958042/Several women’s football leagues formed during the 20th century—one from the 1930s even became a national sensation—but they’re barely remembered todayFri, 05 Feb 2016 16:37:34 +0000The Remarkable Cave Temples of Southern India http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/remarkable-cave-temples-architecture-nagara-dravidian-southern-india-deccan-chalukya-180957971/Deccan's intricate monuments, many of which are carved into cliffs, date back to the sixth centuryMon, 01 Feb 2016 21:55:44 +0000Russia Gave Us a Discount on Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/russia-gave-us-a-discount-on-alaska/Many ridiculed Secretary of State William Seward for purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. But he turned out to be quite the shrewd businessman.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:02:58 +0000Babylonians Were Using Geometry Centuries Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-babylonians-were-using-geometry-centuries-earlier-thought-180957965/Ancient astronomers were tracking planets using math believed to have first appeared in 14th-century EuropeThu, 28 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000This Woman Was Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Musehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/woman-muse-picasso-hemingway-fitzgerald-1920s/The wealth and candid charisma of Sara Murphy meant she inspired and was admired by many an artist in 1920s ParisThu, 28 Jan 2016 18:51:14 +0000Here's How You Squeeze the Biggest Dinosaur Into a New York City Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/heres-how-you-squeeze-biggest-dinosaur-new-york-city-museum-180957955/A team of specialists had to get creative to mount a towering Titanosaur inside the American Museum of Natural HistoryThu, 28 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +000012 Secrets of New York's Central Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-secrets-new-yorks-central-park-180957937/Learn some little-known facts about this NYC landmarkWed, 27 Jan 2016 19:14:44 +0000How Zildjian Cymbals Made It From the Ottoman Empire to Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-zildjian-cymbals-made-it-from-the-ottoma/In 1622, Avedis Zildjian, an Armenian metalworker in Turkey, melted a top-secret combination of metals to create the perfect cymbal, still in use todayWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:02:19 +0000Can the Civil War Still Inspire Today's Poets? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/can-civil-war-still-inspire-todays-poets-180957945/As epic verse about the American past falls victim to modernism, a poet who is also a historian calls for a revivalWed, 27 Jan 2016 16:54:36 +0000The Challenger Disaster Put an End to NASA’s Plan to Send Civilians Into Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/challenger-disaster-put-end-nasas-plans-send-civilians-space-180957922/On the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle tragedy, a look back at an ambitious plan to put the rest of us into orbitWed, 27 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000As the Arctic Erodes, Archaeologists Are Racing to Protect Ancient Treasureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/arctic-erodes-archaeologists-are-racing-protect-ancient-treasures-180957933/Once locked in frozen Alaskan dirt, Iñupiat artifacts are being lost to the sea, sometimes faster than scientists can find themTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000When America’s Titans of Industry and Innovation Went Road-Tripping Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-americas-titans-industry-and-innovation-went-road-tripping-together-180957924/Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and their friends traveled the country in Model Ts, creating the Great American road trip in the processTue, 26 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Slaves of the White House Finally Get to Have Their Stories Toldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/The-Slaves-of-the-White-House-Finally-Get-to-Have-Their-Stories-Told-180957917/Long ignored by historians, the enslaved people of the White House are coming into focus through a new book by Jesse J. HollandMon, 25 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Meet India's Dinosaur Princesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/balasinor-dinosaur-fossil-park-raiyoli-gujarat-india-princess-aaliya-sultana-babi-180957798/Aaliya Sultana Babi is doing everything in her power to protect and promote India's most significant fossil parkThu, 21 Jan 2016 17:21:54 +0000The Fall and Rise of a Modern Maharajahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/royal-palaces-maharaja-culture-india-180957796/Born to a palace but stripped of his livelihood in the 1970s, Gaj Singh II created a new life dedicated to preserving royal RajasthanThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:44:41 +0000The Bumpy Road to Luxury Travel in Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-bumpy-road-to-luxury-travel/Roads throughout India that were originally intended for elephants, horses and camels didn't provide a smooth ride for the maharajas' Rolls-RoyceWed, 20 Jan 2016 19:23:55 +0000An Ancient, Brutal Massacre May Be the Earliest Evidence of Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-brutal-massacre-may-be-earliest-evidence-war-180957884/Even nomadic hunter-gatherers engaged in deliberate mass killings 10,000 years agoWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:35:30 +0000When Concorde First Flew 40 Years Ago, It Was a Supersonic Sight to Beholdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-concorde-first-flew-40-years-ago-it-was-supersonic-sight-behold-180957875/The aircraft was a technological masterpiece, but at one ton of fuel per passenger, it had a devastating ecological footprintWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:04:37 +0000Operation Desert Storm Was Not Won By Smart Weaponry Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/operation-desert-storm-was-not-won-smart-weaponry-alone-180957879/Despite the "science fiction"-like technology deployed, 90 percent of ammunitions used in Desert Storm were actually “dumb weapons"Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:07:15 +0000Powerball’s Puerto Rican Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/powerballs-puerto-rican-roots-180957844/The first modern lottery in the United States raised funds to fight tuberculosisTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:11:59 +0000The Extravagant Plot to Make Grace Kelly a Princesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/grace-kelly-million-dollar-american-princess/In 1955, Rainier III, the wealthy Prince of Monaco, knew he had to find a bride to extend his family's legacyFri, 15 Jan 2016 21:49:29 +0000Raoul Wallenberg's Biographer Uncovers Important Clues To What Happened in His Final Days http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/raoul-wallenbergs-biographer-uncovers-important-clues-his-final-days-180957837/Swedish writer Ingrid Carlberg investigates the tragedy that befell the heroic humanitarianFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:55:31 +0000The Dakota Badlands Used to Host Sabertoothed Pseudo-Cat Battleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dakota-badlands-used-host-wild-sabertoothed-pseudo-cat-battles-180957841/The region was once home to a plethora of catlike creatures called nimravids, and fossils show they were an especially fractious breedFri, 15 Jan 2016 17:48:50 +0000Humans Were in the Arctic 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-were-arctic-10000-years-earlier-thought-180957819/Distinctive cut marks on a Siberian mammoth represent the first known evidence of human hunters this far northThu, 14 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000The True History of Suffragette http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-history-suffragette-180957728/Emily Wilding Davison was a tireless and ingenious activist for the cause of women's suffrage in BritainWed, 13 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Air Pollution Goes Back Way Further Than You Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/air-pollution-goes-back-way-further-you-think-180957716/Thousands of years ago, humans were adding lead fumes and other pollutants to the airMon, 11 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Dr. Gustav Zander's Victorian-Era Exercise Machines Made the Bowflex Look Like Child's Playhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gustav-zander-victorian-era-exercise-machines-bowflex-180957758/A Smithsonian librarian highlights the precursor to today's gym enthusiastsFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:56:23 +0000How Contacting the Dead Became a Family Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-contacting-the-dead-became-a-family-game/After the Civil War, one man decided there was money to be made in contacting the dead. So he invented a popular, occult board game that lives on todayFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:20:44 +0000Visit These Ten Sites Celebrating Major Anniversaries in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-important-anniversaries-for-2016-180957711/From Winnie the Pooh's 90th birthday to the National Park Service's centennial, you won't want to miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime eventsThu, 07 Jan 2016 19:07:41 +0000The Iceman's Stomach Bugs Offer Clues to Ancient Human Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/iceman-stomach-bugs-clues-ancient-human-migration-180957738/DNA analysis of the mummy's pathogens may reveal when and how Ötzi's people came to the Italian AlpsThu, 07 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Earliest Memoir by a Black Inmate Reveals the Long Legacy of Mass Incarcerationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/earliest-memoir-black-inmate-reveals-legacy-mass-incarceration-180957683/The story of "Rob Reed" is finally published, 150 years after his releaseThu, 07 Jan 2016 17:08:20 +0000This Mobster Museum Was Once One of New York City's Most Notorious Speakeasieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mobster-museum-speakeasy-180957704/See shell casings from Bonnie and Clyde's final shoot out and John Dillinger's death mask in the Museum of the American Gangster's unusual collectionWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:22:56 +0000Why Robert Redford Loves America's National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/robert-redford-national-parks-180957681/The famed actor and director celebrates the great outdoors of the United States in a new dcoumentaryWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:17:57 +0000A Portrait of an American Hero and a Generation That Is Slowly Fading Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/portrait-american-hero-greatest-generation-180957678/Photographer Dan Winters shows us the modern-day life of an unheralded World War II veteranWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:01:57 +0000A Journey to the Oldest Cave Paintings in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journey-oldest-cave-paintings-world-180957685/The discovery in a remote part of Indonesia has scholars rethinking the origins of art—and of humanityWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:35:20 +0000The Early History of Autism in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/early-history-autism-america-180957684/A surprising new historical analysis suggests that a pioneering doctor was examining people with autism before the Civil WarWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:27:18 +0000How "The Sound of Silence" Became a Surprise Hithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sound-silence-surprise-hit-180957672/The Simon and Garfunkel song catapulted the duo to stardomWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000There Are Still Thousands of Tons of Unexploded Bombs in Germany, Left Over From World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seventy-years-world-war-two-thousands-tons-unexploded-bombs-germany-180957680/More than 70 years after being dropped in Europe, the ordnance is still inflicting harm and mayhemWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000The History of the United States’ First Refugee Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-united-states-first-refugee-crisis-180957717/Fleeing the Haitian revolution, whites and free blacks were viewed with suspicion by American slaveholders, including Thomas JeffersonTue, 05 Jan 2016 18:16:30 +0000How Are Horoscopes Still a Thing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-are-horoscopes-still-thing-180957701/No, there’s no science behind an astrologer’s prediction for 2016, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be accurateTue, 05 Jan 2016 15:45:14 +0000This Man Risked His Life to Champion His Inventionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-man-risked-his-life-to-champion-his-invention/In 1916, 32 men were trapped in a mine near Lake Erie. Garrett Morgan saw an opportunity to prove that his fireproof hood worked and went in to rescue themThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:47:25 +0000Our Top Ten Videos of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/our-top-ten-videos-2015-180957659/From Hitler's home videos to the suffocating upbringing of an American princess, here are the most-watched videos on Smithsonian.com this yearTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:43:53 +0000An Egyptian Arms Racehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/an-egyptian-arms-race/ Threatened by the powerful Hyksos army, the Egyptians have to make a choice: live under the control of the occupiers or risk everything to be freeMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:51:56 +0000Tiny Fossils Reveal the Rise of Mammals on Madagascarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-fossils-reveal-rise-mammals-madagascar-180957644/Recent finds are helping paleontologists piece together what happened after dinosaurs vanished from the islandMon, 28 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000The Enduring Mystique of the Venetian Lagoonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mystique-venice-lagoon-180956871/Among islands barely emerging from the water, you find yourself in an ageless worldWed, 23 Dec 2015 19:04:52 +0000The History of D.C.'s Epic and Unfinished Struggle for Representation and Self-Governancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-washington-dc-defined-its-epic-struggle-for-representation-180957613/Control of the federal city was long dictated by Congress until residents took a stand beginning in the 1960sWed, 23 Dec 2015 15:25:21 +0000Our Top Ten Stories of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-top-10-stories-2015-180957623/From treasures buried in glaciers to the racial history of a vanished city in Oregon, here are the most-read stories on Smithsonian.com this yearWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:58:32 +0000How Deadly Explosives Inspired the Nobel Peace Prizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-deadly-explosives-made-the-nobel-peace-prize/Alfred Nobel's invention of dynamite was a terrifying addition to mankind's arsenal of destruction. Ironically, it also spawned the Nobel Peace PrizeMon, 21 Dec 2015 15:18:49 +0000The Best History Books of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/best-history-books-2015-180957554/Beyond the boldface names are these chronicles from the past year that are well worth your timeThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:51:55 +0000American Children Faced Great Dangers in the 1930s, None Greater Than “Little Orphan Annie”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/american-children-faced-great-dangers-1930s-none-greater-little-orphan-annie-180957544/Advertisements for Ovaltine were just part of the problemTue, 15 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000