History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenThu, 27 Jul 2017 18:26:11 +0000Explore Armenia's Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-armenias-ancient-monasteries-interactive-360-degree-panoramas-180963579/Navigate through secluded buildings that once housed some of the brightest scholars of the Middle AgesWed, 07 Jun 2017 00:17:22 +0000Unraveling the Mystery of the "Armenian Stonehenge"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/unraveling-mystery-armenian-stonehenge-180964207/ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:26:11 +0000The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-painful-history-police-brutality-in-the-us-180964098/A 1963 protest placard in the Smithsonian collections could almost be mistaken for any of the Black Lives Matter marches of todayThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000¡Salud! to the Mexican-American Wine Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/salud-mexican-american-wine-revolution-180964217/Ceja Vineyards breathes new life into Napa Valley’s wine industryWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:33 +0000Understanding Detroit’s 1967 Upheaval 50 Years Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/understanding-detroits-1967-upheaval-50-years-later-180964212/For five days in July, the Motor City was under siege from looters and soldiers alikeWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:39:53 +0000The Lady Anatomist Who Brought Dead Bodies to Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-anatomist-who-brought-dead-bodies-light-180964165/Anna Morandi was the brains and the skilled hand of an unusual husband-wife partnershipWed, 26 Jul 2017 13:15:00 +0000What Kind of Footage Do Historical Colorists Like Best?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/what-kind-of-footage-do-historical-colorists/According to the historians and art directors from Composite Films who worked meticulously on America in Color, these were some of their favorite subjectsWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windowshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-hospitals-started-displaying-newborn-babies-through-windows-180964186/How peering at babies through glass became a feel-good staple of American maternity wardsTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Rise and Fall of Searshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rise-and-fall-sears-180964181/How the retail store that taught America how to shop navigated more than a century of economic and cultural changeTue, 25 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The First Presidential Wife to Be Called the First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-first-presidential-wife-to-be-called-the/Dolley Madison, the First Lady of president James Madison was a Jackie Kennedy of her timeTue, 25 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Dogfighting Scenes in “Dunkirk” Are Exhilaratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/dogfighting-over-dunkirk-180964136/Christopher Nolan’s new World War II epic contains some of the most thrilling aerial engagements ever staged.Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:00:50 +0000Why It Matters That Hungary's Prime Minister Denounced His Country’s Role in the Holocausthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/holocaust-and-hungary-prime-minister-180964139/Is this tonal shift for real -- or will the European nation continue to obfuscate its history?Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:05:23 +0000How the Gains Women Made in WWI Were Quickly Losthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-gains-women-made-in-wwi-were-quickly/In the early 20th century, 96% of all jobs on the U.S. rail network were male. But by the start of WWI, it fell on women to fill in for themFri, 21 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where Did the Term “Gerrymander” Come From?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/where-did-term-gerrymander-come-180964118/Elbridge Gerry was a powerful voice in the founding of the nation, but today he's best known for the political practice with an amphibious originThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:08:29 +0000Artifacts Show the Sometimes-Violent Nature of American Democracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artifacts-show-sometimes-violent-nature-american-democracy-180963914/From a KKK hood to an anti-Chinese pistol, a new exhibition shows America’s fraught history of deciding who to include in democracyWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:06:39 +0000The True Story of Dunkirk, As Told Through the Heroism of the “Medway Queen” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-dunkirk-told-through-heroism-medway-queen-180964105/Retrofitted by the British Navy, the paddleboat saved 7,000 men over many dangerous trips across the ChannelWed, 19 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +0000When New York City Rioted Over Hamlet Being Too Britishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-new-york-rivalry-over-shakespeare-boiled-over-deadly-melee-180964102/In the deadly Astor Place Riot, how to perform Shakespeare served as a proxy for class warfareWed, 19 Jul 2017 17:13:23 +0000How Germans Turned Trains Into Massive Artillery in WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-germans-turned-trains-into-massive-artil_1/Railway guns like the German WWII K5 gun had a very narrow aim. To get around that problem, Germans developed a circular track, allowing the gun to rotateWed, 19 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where to See Some of the World's Oldest and Most Interesting Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-some-worlds-oldest-maps-180963855/Chart humanity's course through history with these antique navigational toolsTue, 18 Jul 2017 21:10:31 +0000The U.S. Assault on Okinawa Was Met With an Eerie Silencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-us-assault-on-okinawa-was-met-with-an-_1/When U.S. troops launched their assault on the Pacific island of Okinawa, they expected a fierce resistance from an entrenched Japanese armyTue, 18 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Brief Period, 200 Years Ago, When American Politics Was Full of “Good Feelings”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-was-time-briefly-and-200-years-ago-when-american-politics-was-full-good-feelings-180964074/James Monroe’s 1817 goodwill tour kicked off a decade of party-less government – but he couldn’t stop the nation from dividing againMon, 17 Jul 2017 15:05:56 +0000As the American Buffalo Declined, Its Symbolism Rosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/as-the-american-buffalo-declined-its-symbol/Over the years, the American buffalo, or bison, has been a symbol of the American frontierMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/newly-discovered-diary-tells-harrowing-story-deadly-halifax-explosion-180964066/On the eve of the disaster’s centennial, a sailor’s 1917 journal details a rare eyewitness account of the massive harbor blastFri, 14 Jul 2017 17:01:27 +0000Bismarck Tried to End Socialism’s Grip—By Offering Government Healthcarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bismarck-tried-end-socialisms-grip-offering-government-healthcare-180964064/The 1883 law was the first of its kind to institute mandatory, government-monitored health insuranceFri, 14 Jul 2017 16:05:33 +0000Why Religious Freedom and Diversity Flourished in Early Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-religious-freedom-diversity-flourished-early-america-180964060/Jam-packed exhibition features artifacts as diverse as Jefferson's Bible, a steeple bell cast by Paul Revere and a storied Torah Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000These WWI Ambulance Trains Could Care for 500 Men at Oncehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/these-wwi-ambulance-trains-could-care-for-50/During World War I, the British converted a large number of commuter train cars into ambulance carsFri, 14 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Site of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings Finally Has a Memorialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/site-salem-witch-trial-hangings-finally-has-memorial-180964049/In a town that has long profited from witchcraft-seekers and Halloween revelers alike, a new memorial strikes a different toneThu, 13 Jul 2017 15:01:48 +0000U.S. Marines' First Test Against Japanese Defenses on Okinawahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/us-marines-first-test-against-japanese-de_1/As U.S. marines advanced northward in Okinawa, they approached a craggy mass known as Mount Yae-TakeThu, 13 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Washington Football Team Can Legally Keep Its Racist Name. But It Shouldn’thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/washington-football-team-can-legally-keep-its-racist-name-it-shouldnt-180964039/The director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and a citizen of the Pawnee Nation, speaks out against the D.C. sports franchise Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:43:23 +0000Take a Stroll Through Jane Austen's England With This Interactive Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/take-stroll-through-jane-austens-england-interactive-map-180964030/A look at the houses and towns that shaped the life and writing of the famed author on the 200th anniversary of her deathWed, 12 Jul 2017 17:08:06 +0000Pocahontas Redefined How Europeans Saw Native Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/pocahontas-redefined-how-europeans-saw-nativ/Prior to the arrival of Pocahontas in England, indigenous people of the Americas were viewed as cannibals, brutish, and non-ChristianWed, 12 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Timelessness of Millennial-Bashing http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/millennial-bashing-medieval-times-180964003/ Even in the 14th century, writers blamed younger generations for ruining everythingTue, 11 Jul 2017 18:11:31 +0000John Quincy Adams Kept a Diary and Didn’t Skimp on the Detailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/john-quincy-adams-kept-diary-and-didnt-skimp-details-180964011/On the occasion of his 250th birthday, the making of our sixth president in his own wordsTue, 11 Jul 2017 16:53:19 +0000How Thailand's Hellfire Pass Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-thailands-hellfire-pass-got-its-name/During WWII, Hellfire Pass was a notorious Japanese railway construction site. There, Allied prisoners were forced to work at night in grueling conditionsTue, 11 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ancient Humans Liked Getting Tipsy, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-humans-liked-getting-tipsy-too-180963990/In a new book on the archaeology and chemistry of alcoholic beverages, Patrick McGovern unravels the history of boozingMon, 10 Jul 2017 17:54:30 +0000These Are the Final Moments of Amelia Earhart on the Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/these-are-the-final-moments-of-amelia-earhar/In 1937, Amelia Earhart was about to embark on a record-setting flight around the world. In her final moments, she took her last photographMon, 10 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000When It Comes to Historical Markers, Every Word Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-it-comes-historical-markers-every-word-matters-180963973/Who tells the story has a significant impact on what story is toldThu, 06 Jul 2017 17:28:27 +0000Against All Odds, England's Massive Chalk Horse Has Survived 3,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/3000-year-old-uffington-horse-looms-over-english-countryside-180963968/Cleaning up the Uffington Horse is the neigh-borly thing to doThu, 06 Jul 2017 15:19:35 +0000How Archaeologists Crammed 1500 Years of Roman History Into One Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-traces-roman-history-over-1500-years-180963773/The Atlas of Ancient Rome looks at the city over the course of its evolution in remarkable detailWed, 05 Jul 2017 16:56:27 +0000Why the New U.K. Political Coalition Could Undermine Peace in Irelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-political-party-northern-ireland-could-undermine-decades-peace-180963920/Theresa May’s deal to control Parliament may endanger the 1998 Good Friday AgreementWed, 05 Jul 2017 15:05:21 +0000How Spam Went from Canned Necessity to American Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/food/how-spam-went-canned-necessity-american-icon-180963916/Out-of-the-can branding helped transform World War II's rations into a beloved household stapleWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:41:51 +0000In 1947, A High-Altitude Balloon Crash Landed in Roswell. The Aliens Never Lefthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-1947-high-altitude-balloon-crash-landed-roswell-aliens-never-left-180963917/Despite its persistence in popular culture, extraterrestrial life owes more to the imagination than realityWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:26:55 +0000This Towering 19th-Century Mechanical Clock Was the Smartwatch of Its Erahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-towering-19th-century-mechanical-clock-was-smartwatch-era-180963872/With hundreds of moving parts, the Great Historical Clock of America has been revivedWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000What Did Independence Day Mean to Southerners About to Secede?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-did-independence-day-mean-southerners-about-secede-180963907/As secession loomed, the Fourth of July took on new significanceMon, 03 Jul 2017 16:16:49 +0000Thank the Erie Canal for Spreading People, Ideas and Germs Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/grab-your-mule-named-sal-and-explore-erie-canal-180963892/For the waterway's 200th anniversary, learn about its creation and impactMon, 03 Jul 2017 14:26:08 +0000Renovated Museum Wing Delves Into Untold Chapters of American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/renovated-museum-wing-delves-untold-chapters-american-history-180963887/“The Nation We Build Together” questions American ideals through exhibits on democracy, religion, diversity and more Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:43:18 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Great American Motelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/twilight-mom-and-pop-motel-180963895/Mom and pop motels once dominated American highways. Now, they're an endangered speciesFri, 30 Jun 2017 16:45:11 +0000How Indigenous Australians Are Still Fighting for Their Lands 25 Years After a Landmark Court Casehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-indigenous-australians-are-still-fighting-their-lands-25-years-after-landmark-court-case-180963893/The struggle continues for the people who have lived on the continent for 50,000 yearsFri, 30 Jun 2017 16:19:16 +0000The East St. Louis Race Riot Left Dozens Dead, Devastating a Community on the Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/east-st-louis-race-riot-left-dozens-dead-devastating-community-on-the-rise-180963885/Three days of violence forced African-American families to run for their lives and the aftereffects are still felt in the Illinois city todayFri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Colorized Footage Is a Vivid Reminder that History Didn't Happen in Black and Whitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-did-1920s-look-color-180963882/A new Smithsonian Channel series takes a fresh, vibrant look at five decades of historical footageThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:40:10 +0000New Exhibition Asks “What Kind of Nation Do We Want to Be?”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-asks-what-kind-nation-do-we-want-be-180963874/The American History Museum opens a trio of timely new shows on democracy, religion and immigrationThu, 29 Jun 2017 14:27:18 +0000At Its Core, the Declaration of Independence Was a Plea for Help From Britain’s Enemieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/its-core-declaration-independence-was-plea-help-britains-enemies-180963857/The intended audience for the document could be found in the royal houses of France and SpainWed, 28 Jun 2017 17:14:15 +0000How One Mathew Brady Photograph May Have Helped Elect Abraham Lincolnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-mathew-brady-photograph-may-have-helped-elect-abraham-lincoln-180963839/Before chronicling the Civil War, the nation's first photojournalist took these portraitsWed, 28 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Step Right Up! See the Reinvention of the Great American Circus!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/reinvention-great-american-circus-180963682/As Ringling Bros. packs up its tent for good, all sorts of newfangled spectacles have sprung up to take its placeWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Racing the Storm: The Story of the Mobile Bay Sailing Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/racing-storm-story-mobile-bay-sailing-disaster-180963686/When hurricane-force winds suddenly struck the Bay, they swept more than 100 boaters into one of the worst sailing disasters in modern American historyTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:58:37 +0000What Makes Salt Water Taffy the Perfect Summer Candy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-makes-salt-water-taffy-perfect-summer-candy-180963674/The first families of the sugary treat stir up another season of making history by the bite Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-hannibal-crossed-the-alps-180963671/ He pulled off one of the greatest military feats ever. Now new scientific evidence points to Hannibal's legendary route to RomeTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Trace Martin Luther's Footsteps Through Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-martin-luthers-footsteps-through-germany-180963481/It’s 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation—here’s what you can still see todayMon, 26 Jun 2017 19:52:56 +0000When the Beast of Gévaudan Terrorized France http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/beast-gevaudan-terrorized-france-countryside-180963820/The tale of this monster grew in the telling, but the carnage still left nearly 100 deadMon, 26 Jun 2017 16:23:07 +0000The Army Veteran Who Became the First to Hike the Entire Appalachian Trailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/army-veteran-became-first-hike-entire-appalachian-trail-180963678/His journal and hiking boots are in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American HistoryMon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Happened to America's Public Intellectuals?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happened-americas-public-intellectuals-180963668/ Our nation has always depended on these heavyweights to guide us, but are they still with us, and if so, who are they?Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Forgotten Man Who Transformed Journalism in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-man-who-transformed-journalism-america-180963784/Lowell Thomas was the first host of a TV broadcast news program, and adopted a number of other new technologies to make his mark in the 20th centuryThu, 22 Jun 2017 12:47:50 +0000Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horse-riding-librarians-were-great-depression-bookmobiles-180963786/During the Great Depression, a New Deal program brought books to Kentuckians living in remote areasWed, 21 Jun 2017 18:35:18 +0000Secret Tunnels Under London, Once Used to Hide Art During WWI, Open to the Public for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/secret-tunnels-under-london-open-public-180963764/Explore the 6.5-mile-long network of hidden mail tunnels starting this JulyWed, 21 Jun 2017 15:36:37 +0000Smithsonian’s Behind-the-Scenes “Sidedoor” Podcast Returns for Second Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-behind-scenes-sidedoor-podcast-returns-second-season-180963751/New episodes explore a 150-year-old cold case, the history of beer, war photography and moreWed, 21 Jun 2017 12:55:56 +0000Making Cents of Currency's Ancient Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-cents-currencys-ancient-rise-180963776/Cash has been king for over 40,000 yearsTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:26:40 +0000The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Bakinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-uprising-how-powder-revolutionized-baking-180963772/Before baking powder hit the scene in 1856, making cake was not a piece of cakeTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:14:15 +0000The Woman Whose Words Inflamed the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/woman-whose-words-inflamed-american-revolution-180963765/Mercy Otis Warren used her wit to agitate for independenceTue, 20 Jun 2017 15:14:42 +0000Why Pocahontas May Not Have Rescued John Smith After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-pocahontas-may-not-have-rescued-john-smi/According to legend, Pocahontas threw herself between the leader of the Jamestown colony, John Smith, and a warrior's club to save himMon, 19 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Sand Covers the Floor of One of the Western Hemisphere's Oldest Synagogueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Caribbean-synagogue-sand-floor-180963581/Fleeing anti-Semitism in Europe, Jews found unexpected shelter on the island of CuraçaoThu, 15 Jun 2017 16:37:30 +0000The Political Dealmaking That Finally Brought Hawaii Statehood http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-puerto-rico-learn-hawaii-180963690/And what Puerto Rico can learn from the prolonged processThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:27:58 +0000Rachel Jackson, the Scandalous Divorcee Who Almost Became First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rachel-jackson-was-original-monica-lewinsky-180963713/Rachel Jackson ran away from her husband and got divorced to marry Andrew, an incident that haunted her for lifeThu, 15 Jun 2017 13:10:55 +0000When Fresh Air Went Out of Fashion at Hospitalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-fresh-air-went-out-fashion-hospitals-180963710/How the hospital went from luxury resort to windowless boxWed, 14 Jun 2017 19:09:54 +0000Telling the Story of 19th-Century Native American Treasures Through Bird Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/telling-story-19th-century-native-american-treasures-through-bird-feathers-180963700/Famed explorer John Wesley Powell’s archive of his 19th century travels is newly examinedWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:06:33 +0000Art Installations Transform a Historic Venetian Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-private-venetian-art-gallery-island-180963627/San Clemente Island in the Lagoon of Venice, a former refuge for crusaders and a hospice for plague victims, opens an island-wide art showTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:50:12 +0000The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thrilling-tale-how-robert-smalls-heroically-sailed-stolen-confederate-ship-freedom-180963689/He risked his life to liberate his family and became a legend in the processTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:46:04 +0000The Spy Who Became England’s First Successful Female Writerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/spy-who-became-englands-first-successful-female-writer-180963643/Aphra Behn made a name for herself in Restoration-era England, when most women still relied on their husbandsTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000The History of American Impeachmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-you-need-know-about-impeachment-180963645/There’s a precedent that it's not just for presidentsMon, 12 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000“I Hope It Is Not Too Late”: How the U.S. Decided to Send Millions of Troops Into World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/i-hope-it-not-too-late-180963640/The Allies were desperate for reinforcements, but the U.S. wasn’t quite ready to provide themMon, 12 Jun 2017 13:17:27 +0000Medicine Creek, the Treaty That Set the Stage for Standing Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/standing-rock-there-was-medicine-creek-180963623/The Fish Wars of the 1960s led to an affirmation of Native American rights Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Watching Congressional Hearings Became an American Pastimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-watching-congressional-hearings-became-american-pastime-180963614/Decades before Watergate, mobsters helped turn hearings into must-see televisionThu, 08 Jun 2017 13:40:09 +0000Where Does 'Beyond the Pale' Come From?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/where-does-beyond-the-pale-come-from/Trim Castle in County Meath, Ireland, is famous for two things: It was a location in 'Braveheart,' and it played a part in the phrase 'beyond the pale'Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Stunning & Dramatic Irish Island Once Inhabited by Monkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-stunning-dramatic-irish-island-once-inha/Over seven miles off the Irish coast, lie the sea crags of Skellig Michael, a breathtaking island once home to a community of reclusive monksWed, 07 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000What the Six-Day War Tells Us About the Cold War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-six-day-war-tells-us-about-cold-war-180963590/In 1967, Israel launched a preemptive attack on Egypt. The fight was spurred in part by Soviet meddlingTue, 06 Jun 2017 19:25:22 +0000England’s Most Brutal King Was Its Best Peacemakerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/englands-most-brutal-king-was-its-best-peacemaker-180963574/William the Conqueror was ruthless, but he achieved something his predecessors couldn’t: peaceMon, 05 Jun 2017 18:49:44 +0000When Nova Scotia Almost Joined the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-nova-scotia-almost-joined-american-revolution-180963564/New England expats felt a strong allegiance to the struggles felt by their American friends to the southMon, 05 Jun 2017 14:26:40 +0000A Brief History of the GIF, From Early Internet Innovation to Ubiquitous Relichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-gif-early-internet-innovation-ubiquitous-relic-180963543/How an image format changed the way we communicateFri, 02 Jun 2017 15:33:46 +0000The Reason This South American Tribe Shrunk Their Enemies' Headshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-reason-this-south-american-tribe-shrunk/The Shuar of South America is the only tribe to have never been conquered by the Spanish EmpireThu, 01 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why It’s So Hard to Find the Original Owners of Nazi-Looted Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-its-so-hard-find-real-owners-nazi-looted-art-180963513/International experts recently gathered at Smithsonian to discuss the state of international provenance researchWed, 31 May 2017 18:31:29 +0000Why an Alabama Town Has a Monument Honoring the Most Destructive Pest in American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/agricultural-pest-honored-herald-prosperity-enterprise-alabama-180963506/The boll weevil decimated the South's cotton industry, but the city of Enterprise found prosperity insteadWed, 31 May 2017 15:30:06 +0000The Racial Segregation of American Cities Was Anything But Accidentalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-federal-government-intentionally-racially-segregated-american-cities-180963494/A housing policy expert explains how federal government policies created the suburbs and the inner city Tue, 30 May 2017 17:48:38 +0000Edith Wharton Recruited the World’s Greatest Artists to Raise Money for WWI Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/edith-wharton-recruited-worlds-greatest-artists-raise-money-wwi-refugees-180963493/A century ago, the famous author took it upon herself to help those left behind by the war’s carnageTue, 30 May 2017 14:53:42 +0000The Restaurant Doodle That Launched a Political Movementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/restaurant-doodle-launched-political-movement-180963466/How one economist’s graph on a napkin reshaped the Republican Party and upended tax policyTue, 30 May 2017 13:42:20 +0000How a Downed U.S. Plane Almost Caused a Nuclear Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-a-downed-us-plane-almost-caused-a-nucl/When the Cubans accidentally shoot down a U.S. U-2 aircraft, the threat of nuclear war becomes a serious possibility Mon, 29 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000