History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenTue, 24 Feb 2015 13:28:24 +0000Photos From the Battle of Iwo Jima to Mark Its 70th Anniversaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/battle-of-iwo-jima-70th-anniversary-world-war-II-180954384/The battle for the Pacific island in the late winter of 1945 positioned the United States to invade mainland Japan, but at a costTue, 24 Feb 2015 13:28:24 +0000Documenting War for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/documenting-war-for-the-first-time/As technology changed, cameras got smaller and color film got simpler, it became possible for soldiers to document the war raging around themMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:39:39 +0000Meet the Madam on the Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/meet-madam-mall-180954371/Mary Ann Hall ran a successful brothel in D.C. for years, but it took a 1997 dig to tell the whole storyFri, 20 Feb 2015 18:55:28 +0000The Closest Source We Have to Really Knowing John Wilkes Booth Is His Sisterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-closest-source-we-have-knowing-john-wilkes-booth-is-his-sister-180954328/In a post-assassination memoir, Asia Booth Clarke recalled her brother's passion, his patriotism and his last words to herThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Who Can Save the Grand Canyon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-can-save-the-grand-canyon-180954329/A holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America's natural treasureThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Blood Relics From the Lincoln Assassinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-blood-relics-from-the-lincoln-assassination-180954331/Even now, 150 years later, objects from the murder of the president provide a powerful link to the eventThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000How the Photocopier Changed the Way We Worked—and Playedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/duplication-nation-3D-printing-rise-180954332/Decades before 3-D printers brought manufacturing closer to home, copiers transformed offices, politics and artThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Spiritualist Who Warned Lincoln Was Also Booth's Drinking Buddyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-spiritualist-who-warned-lincoln-was-also-booths-drinking-buddy-180954317/What did Charles Colchester know and when did he know it?Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Were the Terracotta Warriors Based on Actual People?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/were-terracotta-warriors-based-on-actual-people-180954321/To answer that question, archaeologists are looking at variations in the soldiers' ears Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000They Found Richard III. So Now What?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/they-found-richard-third-so-now-what-180954322/What the remains of the "hunchback" king can teach us about other English royals Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000When Steve Fossett Became the Magellan of the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-steve-fossett-became-magellan-of-skies-180954323/Ten years ago, the pioneering adventurer took off in pursuit of a new record in circumnavigationThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Frightening Legacy of Typhoid Maryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-frightening-legacy-of-typhoid-mary-180954324/ With concerns about infectious disease in the news, a look back at history's most famous carrierThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000What the Newspapers Said When Lincoln Was Killedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-the-newspapers-said-when-lincoln-was-killed-180954325/The initial reaction to the president's death was a wild mixture of grief, exultation, vengefulness and fearThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Human Right to Speak Whatever Language You Want is Worth Celebratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/human-right-to-speak-whatever-language-you-want-worth-celebrating-180954341/With an ever increasing lack of language diversity, There Needs to Be More Recognition of February's International Mother Language dayWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:42:10 +0000How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/vanport-oregon-how-countrys-largest-housing-project-vanished-day-180954040/A 1948 flood washed away the WWII housing project Vanport—but its history still informs Portland's diversityWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:45:24 +0000The Founding Fathers and the Women, Not Their Wives, Whom They Wrote Tohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/founding-fathers-and-women-not-their-wives-whom-they-wrote-180954278/These words today would raise suspicion if written between married men and their female friendsFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:46:01 +0000A Brief History of the Chocolate Pothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-history-chocolate-pot-180954241/How humans have consumed chocolate sheds lights on its significance to cultures and erasFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:45:18 +0000The Story of Saint Valentinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-story-of-st-valentine/Jesus died for sinners. This saint died for loversFri, 13 Feb 2015 18:02:56 +0000The Short Rise and Fall of the Crazy-for-Cocoa-Trade Cards Crazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/short-rise-and-fall-crazy-cocoa-trade-cards-craze-180954113/In the late 19th-century, when you bought chocolate, the grocer dropped a delightful prize into your bag, a trade card to save and shareFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:51:35 +0000Five Spots for a Romantic Presidents' Day (or a Presidential Valentine's Day)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-spots-romantic-presidents-day-or-presidential-valentines-day-180954231/These locations combine presidential history and romanceFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:10:29 +0000Ten Fascinating Presidential Facts to Impress on President's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-fascinating-bits-of-presidential-trivia-180954227/Learn a new side of the Commanders-in-Chief, from whiskey seances and magazine cover boysFri, 13 Feb 2015 13:25:20 +0000What We Know About the Earliest History of Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeology-chocolate-180954243/We’ve learned things that could help today’s artisan chocolatiers improve their tradeThu, 12 Feb 2015 20:02:37 +0000How Chocolate and Valentine's Day Mated For Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-chocolate-and-valentines-day-mated-life-180954228/Tracing the lovers, the leaders and the ladies responsible for the pairing of chocolate to Valentine's DayThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:48:21 +0000Healers Once Prescribed Chocolate Like Aspirinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/healers-once-prescribed-chocolate-aspirin-180954189/From ancient Mesoamerica to Renaissance Europe, the modern confectionary treat has medical roots Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000How the Backwater Town of Washington, D.C. Became the Beacon of a Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-backwater-town-washington-dc-become-beacon-nation-180954144/As the Anacostia Community Museum delves into daily life in a city at war, author Ernest B. Furgurson recalls the nascence of a city on the verge Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:03:35 +0000The Home of Milk Chocolate and Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-home-of-milk-chocolate-and-beer/Two of the most well-known Pennsylvania pioneers have become household names, with factories that continue to produce two classic American productsTue, 10 Feb 2015 20:11:50 +0000The Rich and Flavorful History of Chocolate in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rich-and-flavorful-history-chocolate-space-180954160/From vacuum-sealed pudding to Blue Bell ice cream, astronauts have been taking the treat into orbit since the dawn of the space ageTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:42:52 +0000The Surprising Raucous Home Life of the Madisonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprising-raucous-home-life-madisons-180954205/One of America’s founding families kept their true selves for the friends and familyTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:22:11 +0000The World of Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/world-chocolate-180954163/Both within the Smithsonian and in the broader world, the story of chocolate has many fascinating morselsMon, 09 Feb 2015 21:22:37 +0000Spanish Conquest of the Incas Caused Air Pollution to Spikehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/spanish-conquest-incas-caused-air-pollution-spike-180954187/A sample of Peruvian ice has revealed a surge in pollution linked to mining that wasn't exceeded until the Industrial RevolutionMon, 09 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000How to Lie for Your Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-to-lie-for-your-life/Helias Doundoulakis, a young WWII spy for the U.S., was sent to German-occupied Thessalonike to gather enemy secretsTue, 03 Feb 2015 17:19:03 +0000Why this 14th-Century Chinese Artist Is Having a Rebirthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-this-14th-century-chinese-artist-is-having-rebirth-180954080/The rare works of Wang Meng, an artist with a brilliance for brushstrokes, bring millions at auctionMon, 02 Feb 2015 15:37:26 +0000Getting up Close and Personal with American Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/getting-close-and-personal-american-soldiers-180954048/A new photography exhibit takes a multi-decade look Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:30:59 +0000The Coast Guard’s Most Potent Weapon During Prohibition? Codebreaker Elizebeth Friedmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/coast-guards-most-potent-weapon-during-prohibition-codebreaker-elizebeth-friedman-180954066/A pioneer of her time, Friedman was a crucial part of the fight to enforce the ban on boozeWed, 28 Jan 2015 20:30:12 +0000How SkyMall Captured a Moment of Technological and American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-skymall-captured-moment-technological-and-american-history-180954043/The now-bankrupt catalog had a meteoric rise and fallTue, 27 Jan 2015 18:43:32 +0000The History of Faux Furhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-faux-fur-180953984/For more than 100 years, the fine line between finks and minks has been blurredThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:18:33 +0000Vivid Images of Civil War Casualties Inspire a Scholar's Inner Musehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vivid-images-civil-war-casualties-inspire-scholars-inner-muse-180953966/Alexander Gardner’s photography, a record of sacrifice and devastating loss, prompts a new creativity from the show's curator Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:50:39 +0000Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism, the First Computerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decoding-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-180953979/Hidden inscriptions offer new clues to the origins of a mysterious astronomical mechanismWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000 Who Was the Marquis de Sade?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-was-marquis-de-sade-180953980/Even in the age of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>, the 18th-century libertine is as shocking as everWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Unbelievable Success of the American Steamshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unbelievable-success-american-steamship-180953963/How “Fulton’s Folly” transformed the nation’s landscapeWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millenniumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-footbinding-persisted-china-millennium-180953971/Despite the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the traditionWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000A New View of the Battle of Gallipoli, One of the Bloodiest Conflicts of World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-view-battle-gallipoli-one-bloodiest-conflicts-world-war-i-180953975/The Turks are now rethinking their historic victory in the terrible battleWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Malcolm X Still Speaks Truth to Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-malcolm-x-still-speaks-truth-power-180953976/Fifty years after his death, Malcolm X remains a towering figure whose passionate writings have enduring resonanceWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Exploring the <i>Titanic</i> of the Ancient Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/exploring-titanic-ancient-world-180953977/Scientists search the wine-dark sea for the remains of a ship that sank 2,000 years ago—carrying what is believed to be the world’s first computerWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000"Selma Needs No Oscar to Validate It," Says the Director of the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/selma-needs-no-oscar-validate-it-says-director-african-american-history-museum-180953959/A film with black history at its core and created by African Americans opens up a "national conversation" Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:34:07 +0000Vinegar-Like Acid Rain May Have Fallen During Earth’s Worst Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/vinegar-acid-rain-may-have-fallen-during-earths-worst-extinction-180953972/Vanilla-flavored rocks hint at a planet scoured by intense acid rain during the Great Dying 252 million years agoWed, 21 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000Ancient Scrolls Blackened by Vesuvius Are Readable at Lasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-scrolls-blackened-vesuvius-are-readable-last-herculaneum-papyri-180953950/X-ray scans can just tease out letters on the warped documents from a library at HerculaneumTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Little-Known History of the Underground Railroad in New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-known-history-underground-railroad-new-york-180953927/Pultizer-Prize winning historian Eric Foner uncovers the hidden story behind this passage to freedomTue, 20 Jan 2015 15:21:41 +0000Top Historic Sites to Visit in Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cubas-top-historic-sites-180953924/Cuba is rich in history-laden spots—and a relaxed travel ban will make it easier for Americans to visitMon, 19 Jan 2015 19:46:17 +0000MLK's Last Speechhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/mlks-last-speech/"I've seen the Promised Land," Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968. He was assassinated the following dayMon, 19 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King's Assassinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-aftermath-of-mlks-assassination/In the hours following the assassination of Dr. King, public figures like Jesse Jackson and Bobby Kennedy voiced their reactions publiclySun, 18 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000Where to See the Work of Mr. Turner Around Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-see-work-mr-turner-around-america-180953922/The British painter is the subject of a new film, but where can you see him stateside?Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:22:53 +0000Wheels Down. Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" Has Landedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wheels-down-charles-lindberghs-spirit-st-louis-has-landed-180953911/The historic aircraft—first to fly nonstop from New York to Paris—is lowered to the ground inside the Air and Space MuseumFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000Listen to the Freedom Songs Recorded 50 Years Ago During the March From Selma to Montgomeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/listen-freedom-songs-recorded-50-years-ago-during-march-selma-montgomery-180953904/When MLK called for people to come to Selma, Detroit's Carl Benkert arrived with his tape recorder, making the indelible album "Freedom Songs"Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:42:57 +000010 Victorian Inventions That Never Quite Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-victorian-inventions-never-quite-took-180953865/Flops from a "knife and fork cleaner" to a "cholera belt" provide a curious look at life in 19th century EnglandThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:38:55 +0000Crashing Alexander Hamilton's Birthday Weekendhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crashing-alexander-hamiltons-birthday-weekend-180953906/Each year, admirers of the oft-neglected Founding Father gather for a multi-day birthday celebration ranging across Manhattan.Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:01:16 +0000Poison Hath Been This Italian Mummy's Untimely Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/poison-hath-been-italian-mummys-untimely-end-digitalis-foxglove-180953822/A lethal helping of foxglove seems to have triggered the downfall of a warlord of VeronaWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Rare Photos of the Selma March Place You in the Thick of Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rare-photos-selma-march-thick-history-180953874/James Barker, a photographer from Alaska, shares his memories of documenting the famed eventWed, 14 Jan 2015 15:15:24 +0000The Year Montana Rounded Up Citizens for Shooting Off Their Mouthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/year-montana-rounded-citizens-shooting-their-mouths-180953876/During World War I, the powers that ran Montana sought any excuse to silence dissentWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:25:00 +0000The ATM is Dead. Long Live the ATM!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/atm-dead-long-live-atm-180953838/Usage is on the decline – so why are banks looking to the machines to save them?Thu, 08 Jan 2015 18:36:11 +0000The King's Keepers: Five Quirky Locations for Finding Elvis Beyond Gracelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beyond-graceland-shrines-elvis-around-country-180953809/From Georgia to Connecticut, Elvis' spirit lives on in unexpected placesThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:45:06 +0000Could You Have Endured Consuelo Vanderbilt's Upbringing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/could-you-have-endured-consuelo-vanderbilts/Tutored in several European languages for hours on end and strapped to a steel rod for posture, Consuelo Vanderbilt's childhood was anything but easyTue, 06 Jan 2015 21:41:17 +0000