Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:26:27 +0000Poland Is Searching For the Last Living Auschwitz Guards database lays out details of the SS guards and commanders who carried out some of history's most terrible crimesTue, 31 Jan 2017 14:58:02 +0000In This New Portrait, George Washington Trades His Curls for a Man Bun first president turns hipster at a new D.C. restaurantFri, 06 Jan 2017 17:05:25 +0000New McDonalds Has a Cool Design Element: an Ancient Roman Road a bit of history with that Happy Meal Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:26:27 +0000Listen to the Sounds of Sacred Spaces Around the World new project documents, then remixes, religious and spiritual sounds Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000When Freud Met Jung meeting of the minds happened 110 years agoMon, 27 Feb 2017 16:10:53 +0000This Supreme Court Justice Was a KKK Member after the story came out in 1937, Hugo Black went on to serve as a member of the Supreme Court into the 1970sMon, 27 Feb 2017 14:35:00 +0000Byron Was One of the Few Prominent Defenders of the Luddites later he even wrote them a poem, “Song for the Luddites”Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This African-American Artist’s Cartoons Helped Win World War II Alston knew how to turn art into motivationMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Eighteenth-Century Robot Actually Used Breathing to Play the Flute was one of a trio of automata that had functions like living creaturesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000You Can Still Buy Pig-Hair Toothbrushes's an argument for it, given all the environmental destruction causes by plastic onesFri, 24 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Weird Story of “The Man They Couldn’t Hang” ‘Babbacombe’ Lee’s life and almost-death are matters of speculationFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:06:38 +0000That Time the U.S. Government Won an Oscar, the award is kept on permanent display in the National ArchivesThu, 23 Feb 2017 21:48:45 +0000Japan Is Getting a Ninja Museum hope the iconic warriors can sneak more tourism into the countryThu, 23 Feb 2017 19:44:39 +0000A Graduate Student Just Discovered a Lost Work of Fiction by Walt Whitman serialized novella was first published anonymously in 1852Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:12:04 +0000Tootsie Rolls Were WWII Energy Bars candies were included in rations because they stayed fresh for a long timeThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:24:23 +0000Watch the Oldest-Known Surviving Film by an African-American Director<i>Within Our Gates</i> was Oscar Micheaux’s response to a racist classicThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Stolen ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ Gate Returns to Dachau identity of the thieves remains a mysteryWed, 22 Feb 2017 19:47:18 +0000The Secret Student Group That Stood Up to the Nazis White Rose was short-lived, but its words were hard to ignoreWed, 22 Feb 2017 18:41:01 +0000The U.S. Forcibly Detained Native Alaskans During World War II the name of safety, Aleuts were held against their will under intolerable conditions in internment campsWed, 22 Feb 2017 17:28:36 +0000Here’s How To Make the Margarita’s (Possible) Predecessor, the Daisy cocktail has its roots in the nineteenth century, and some of its first recipes are made with brandy, not tequilaWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000With Tens of Thousands Facing Starvation, Famine Is Declared in Parts of South Sudan million more are “on the brink” of famineWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Albania Wants to Show Off Its Shipwrecks 6th century B.C. Greek cargo ships to WWII wrecks, the Balkan nation is hoping to boost tourism by highlighting its underwater archaeologyTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:32:54 +0000President Trump Visits the African American History Museum director Lonnie Bunch and Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton led the president and his entourage on a tour of the new museumTue, 21 Feb 2017 18:35:22 +0000Girl Scouting Was Once Segregated the Girl Scouts of the USA initially declared itself a space for all girls, the reality was different for girls of colorTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:50:36 +0000The First Telephone Book Had Fifty Listings and No Numbers came out less than two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the deviceTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:11:07 +0000Old Particle Accelerator Tech Might Be Just What the Doctor Ordered of important supplies for nuclear medicine has researchers looking for answers on how to produce technetium-99Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Statue of Liberty Was Once Patented the original patent documents can help us learn more about this history of this American iconFri, 17 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Wooden Running Machine Was Your Fixie’s Great-Great Grandpa draisine was invented as a potential replacement for the horse during a shortageFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:10:00 +0000American Girl Announces Boy toy titan’s newest doll is a boy named Logan Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:19:15 +0000Five Cool Finds From Google Arts & Culture's Presidents' Day Collection platform is sharing more than 2,000 items steeped in political historyThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:08:06 +0000The Pioneer of Graphic Adventure Games Was a Woman House was the first home computer game ever to include graphics as well as textThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000“9-1-1” Has Meant “Help, Please” For 49 Years first 911 call ever placed came from the small town of Haleyville, AlabamaThu, 16 Feb 2017 14:20:00 +0000Pentagon Investigates Missing Sailors from the U.S.S. Turner the ship exploded in New York Harbor in 1944, 136 sailors were classified as missing, but new research suggests some were buried on Long IslandWed, 15 Feb 2017 21:01:59 +0000New Claims Prove the Henrietta Lacks Controversy Is Far From Over family of the woman who changed science forever is seeking compensationWed, 15 Feb 2017 20:01:35 +0000The Aww-Inspiring Origins of Clifford the Big Red Dog Bridwell, Clifford’s creator, was also a lot like his creationWed, 15 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Important (and Cutest) Teddy Bear Moments of the Past 114 Years American toy was introduced in 1903, and almost immediately made its markWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:30:00 +0000This Sexist 1920s Toy is Part of the Reason for the Women in STEM Gap got Erector Sets. Girls got this stellar consolation prizeWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000How a Pompeiian Bakery Became This Year's Hot Date Destination romance never dies at the House of the Chaste LoversTue, 14 Feb 2017 18:18:08 +0000How to Make an Authentic Civil War Valentine Valentine cards were popularized (and commercialized) in the U.S. during the Civil War yearsTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Rare Photographs Could Show Paul Gauguin in Tahiti newly discovered photos are from the summer of 1896Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:55:45 +0000When Some 1920s Garbage Was Mistaken for an Ancient Artifact "Coso Artifact" was fuel for those who want to believe that the truth is out thereMon, 13 Feb 2017 15:17:45 +0000Somalia’s New President Is an American Citizen. How Did That Happen? working city, county and state jobs in Buffalo, New York, Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed was elected president earlier this weekFri, 10 Feb 2017 21:53:07 +0000Newly Discovered Photo May Depict a Younger Harriet Tubman late 1860s carte-de-visite comes from fellow abolitionist Emily Howland's albumFri, 10 Feb 2017 20:15:08 +0000Meet the Historically Accurate Mr. Darcy team of experts on fashion and social culture offer their take on Jane Austen's brooding heroFri, 10 Feb 2017 17:04:11 +0000New Exhibit Reveals 8,000 Years of London's History Museum of London Docklands highlights 500 finds unearthed by the Crossrail ProjectFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000World’s Largest Refugee Camp Ordered to Stay Open Kenyan judge called the government's plan to close Dadaab "discriminatory"Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Archive Is Digitizing the History of the Circus a bid to preserve circus culture, Illinois State University's Milner Library is making more than 300 circus route books available onlineThu, 09 Feb 2017 20:05:09 +0000The Brief 1930s Craze for 'Tom Thumb Golf' golf courses had been around before, but Garnet Carter gave it a roadside attraction spinThu, 09 Feb 2017 15:33:39 +0000Bison Back in Banff After 130 Years Canada released 16 of the wooly ungulates in the national park in a pilot project to re-establish the speciesThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:45:59 +0000Archaeologists Might Have Found Another Dead Sea Scroll Cave could be cave number 12Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:10:19 +0000Fans of Dorothy Parker Can Pay to Wear Her Mink Coat’s all in the name of preservationWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:10 +0000The Quest to Save Vincent van Gogh’s Grave final resting place is in disrepair, so fans of the tormented artist are pitching in to save itWed, 08 Feb 2017 17:25:34 +0000Watch the Original 1959 Ad for the First Office-Ready Xerox Machine the Xerox 914 entered offices, the working world changed foreverWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:25:50 +0000Mutiny in Space: Why These Skylab Astronauts Never Flew Again 1973, it was the longest space mission — 84 days in the stars. But at some point the astronauts just got fed upWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Little House on the Prairie Was Built on Native American Land was Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday. It's time to take a critical look at her workWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:27:54 +0000British Parliament Is Losing its Wigs’re itchy, formal—and part of centuries of traditionTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:13:06 +0000Why Romanians Took to the Streets This Weekend to half a million citizens protested a new decree that would have diminished anti-corruption penaltiesTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:08:37 +0000The Chief Designer of the ‘Titanic’ Saved Everyone He Could as His Ship Went Down Andrews had argued for more lifeboats on the ship, but he was rebuffed on the grounds that it would ruin the viewTue, 07 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000A Fanatical Monk Inspired 15th-Century Italians to Burn Their Clothes, Makeup and Art told Florentines the apocalypse was coming, and to save themselves through self-censorshipTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000Why Was Babe Ruth So Good At Hitting Home Runs? have been using science on the Great Bambino since the 1920sMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Long Shadow of the 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine 'Fiasco', but not all, of the hesitance to embrace vaccines can be traced back to this event more than 40 years agoMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Mary Leakey’s Husband (Sort of) Took Credit For Her Groundbreaking Work On Humanity’s Origins and her husband, Louis Leakey, were a paleoanthropology power coupleMon, 06 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Spool of “Holocaust Songs” Found in Mislabelled Container “Henonville Songs” are being heard for the first time in 70 yearsFri, 03 Feb 2017 20:59:24 +0000LiDAR Scans Reveal Maya Civilization's Sophisticated Network of Roads aerial images reveal a remarkably ambitious transportation network consisting of 17 roadsFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:39:38 +0000These 12,000-Year-Old Prostate Stones Likely Led to One Prehistoric Man’s Painful Death walnut-sized stones were found inside a skeleton buried in modern-day SudanFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:09:00 +0000This Robotic Silver Swan Has Fascinated Fans for Nearly 250 Years preens, fishes and impressesFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:59:21 +0000Rachel Carson Wrote Silent Spring (Partly) Because of the Author of Stuart Little book was a turning point for the environmental movementFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:26:53 +0000WWII Songstress Croons Her Way to Age 100 With a New Album Vera Lynn "the Forces' Sweetheart" will make the history books with the releaseThu, 02 Feb 2017 19:53:34 +0000The Father of Canning Knew His Process Worked, But Not Why It Worked Appert was trying to win a hefty prize offered by the French armyThu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Hell-Raising Suffragist’s Name Will Soon Grace an Oregon Hotel Scott Duniway staged a lifelong fight for women's rightsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:00:06 +0000Lie Detectors Don’t Work as Advertised and They Never Did from use in U.S. court, lie detectors are still used today in other parts of the legal systemThu, 02 Feb 2017 14:50:42 +0000Meet the Inner Circle That Runs Groundhog Day've been holding the ceremony in Gobbler’s Knob every year since 1887Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Google Doodle Sculpts a Tribute to Pioneering Artist Edmonia Lewis the first day of Black History Month by getting to know the 19th-century sculptorWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:49:50 +0000The House Where ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ Was Written Is for Sale 9.5-acre estate was once home to Christopher Robin and A.A. MilneWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:38:16 +0000One of America’s First Female Pediatricians Saved Lives for 74 Years Leila Denmark lived to be 114, and practiced medicine for three quarters of a centuryWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000How Langston Hughes’s Dreams Inspired MLK’s Hughes wrote about dreams at a time when racism meant that black people’s dreams were silencedWed, 01 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Dig This: Researchers Found a 38,000-Year-Old Engraving in France from a rock shelter, the image of an aurochs covered in dots was made by the Aurignacians, the earliest group of modern humans in EuropeTue, 31 Jan 2017 20:44:53 +0000Seventeenth-Century Shopping List Discovered Under Floorboards of Historic English Home in 1633, the “beautifully written” list hints at household life 400 years agoTue, 31 Jan 2017 17:12:04 +0000Boy Scouts Will Allow Transgender Children to Enroll in Boys-Only Programs decision is thanks to an 8 year old Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:00:18 +0000Scotch Tape Can Create X-Rays, and More You Didn't Know About The Sticky Stuff have used it to repair everything from curtains to ceilingsTue, 31 Jan 2017 16:21:26 +0000A Picture History of One of the World’s Greatest Hot Air Balloons by Charles Green, the Great Nassau was big enough to capture the imaginations of an entire countryTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:05:00 +0000One of the Last Links to the Inner Nazi Circle Dies at 106 Pomsel worked with Joseph Goebbels until the final days of the Third ReichMon, 30 Jan 2017 18:31:49 +0000In One 1968 Presentation, This Inventor Shaped Modern Computing Engelbart’s career was about seeing the possibilities of what computing could do for humanityMon, 30 Jan 2017 16:17:16 +0000Take a Rare Look Inside FDR’s WWII Information Center: The Map Room before Google Earth, this was how the president saw the worldMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Calculations Reposition the Geographical Center of North America an 90-year-reign, the title moves from Rugby, North Dakota, to the city of Center, in Oliver CountyMon, 30 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Croatian Jews Boycotted This Year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day neo-fascism grows in Croatia, the country is at a crossroads between denial and realityFri, 27 Jan 2017 20:46:40 +0000Haunting Twitter Account Shares the Fates of the Refugees of the St. Louis 1939, Cuba and the United States turned back a ship full of German Jews, 254 of whom were later killed during the HolocaustFri, 27 Jan 2017 19:48:27 +0000This Artist Creates Roses From Weapons Left Behind By War"Two Roses for Peace" brings together people on both sides of a 1982 conflictFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0000Happy(?) Birthday to the Father of the Nuclear Navy G. Rickover pushed to nuclearize the Navy's submarines, but admitted he’d rather ‘sink them all’ to protect humanityFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:03:00 +0000Here’s What Happens in a "Comic Book" Drawn by Medieval Monks<i>Psychomachia</i> pits vice against virtue in a battle for human souls Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:50:26 +0000Why Did People Think Steam-Powered Cars Were a Good Idea? the early days, steam cars were as common as gas ones. Why aren’t we driving them today?Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:30:00 +0000The 'Queen of the Sky' Is Finally Getting Her Due her 125th birthday, we're remembering Bessie Coleman's incredible achievementsThu, 26 Jan 2017 14:30:00 +0000America’s First Immigration Center Was Also an Amusement Park Garden went from fort to pleasure grounds to precursor of Ellis Island Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Historians, Government Officials Clash Over Polish History at New Museum between nationalism and documentation, a Polish museum grapples with how to tell its storyWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:38:59 +0000This Famous American Clown Was (Probably) a Model for Uncle Sam Rice was the John Oliver of the mid-nineteenth centuryWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Gung Haggis Fat Choy: This Canadian Celebration Combines Robert Burns Night and Chinese New Year by "Toddish McWong" in 1998, the annual dinner has grown and grownWed, 25 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000TV's Longest-Running Soap Opera Was First Broadcast 80 Years Ago Light had over 15,700 episodes between radio and televisionWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Mark Twain Fairy Tale Unearthed previously unknown—and unfinished—story was hiding in plain sightWed, 25 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Researchers Finish Separating World's Largest Celtic Coin Hoard took nearly three years to separate the more than 68,000 coinsTue, 24 Jan 2017 20:04:13 +0000This Map Shows Over a Century of Documented Lynchings in the United States the history of racial terrorTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:05:26 +0000The Weird, Brief History of the Eskimo Pie Corporation was America’s first chocolate-covered ice cream bar, patented on this day in 1922Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000A London Music Hall Hid a Long-Forgotten Storeroom Packed With Condiments workers uncovered the tasty trove while excavating its foundationsTue, 24 Jan 2017 14:51:04 +0000Ötzi the Iceman's Last Meal Included Goat Bacon of the 5,300-year-old mummy's stomach contents shows he ate dry-cured meat from a mountain ibexMon, 23 Jan 2017 17:28:21 +0000This Necklace Contains All of the World’s Languages cultural preservation never goes out of fashion Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:46:48 +0000Remembering Paul Robeson, Actor, Sportsman and Leader other things, Robeson transformed one of history’s most famous showtunes into a protest song Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Only Time in History When Men on Horseback Captured a Fleet of Ships Dutch fleet stuck in the ice. A group of French soldiers sent to capture it. What could go wrong? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Grants Give Out Millions to Preserve African-American History $7.5 million grant program will fund 39 projects in over 20 statesThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:22:15 +0000Who Was the Poe Toaster? We Still Have No Idea Baltimore, they’re keeping the tradition of visiting Edgar Allan Poe’s grave for his birthday—but without the mysteryThu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Iva d'Aquino Toguri Remains the Only U.S. Citizen Convicted of Treason Who Has Ever Been Pardoned was an American DJ who served six years in prison for her wartime radio broadcasts from JapanThu, 19 Jan 2017 15:26:30 +0000Over 12 Million Pages of CIA Documents Are Now Accessible Online, clairvoyants, invisible inkWed, 18 Jan 2017 18:03:02 +0000Where We Got the Term “Banana Republic” it’s not a great moment in American historyWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000What the First European to Visit Hawaii Thought About Surfers Europeans were fascinated by Pacific Islanders' comfort in the waterWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Eugene Cernan: The Last Man on the Moon and So Much More experience helped make spaceflight saferTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:02:08 +0000This Altar Cloth Might Have Been Elizabeth I’s Skirt belonged to a parish church for centuriesTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:00:12 +0000Benjamin Franklin Was a Middle-Aged Widow Named Silence Dogood (And a Few Other Women) founding father wrote letters in the voice of female pseudonyms throughout his lifeTue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Cuban Cartoonist Drew the Cold War for MAD Magazine Black Spy and the White Spy have been chasing each other around in <i>MAD</i> Magazine for 56 yearsTue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Austrian Town Seeks Professional Hermit beautiful locale makes up for the spartan lifestyle expected of successful applicantsTue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Necklace Similar to One Owned by Anne Frank Found at Nazi Death Camp say the remarkable find likely belonged to another victim who may have known Frank and her familyMon, 16 Jan 2017 18:54:12 +0000In 1957, The U.S. Flew a Jet Around the World to Prove it Could Drop a Nuclear Bomb Anywhere B-52 bomber that made the flight was part of a new bomber class that was still proving its worthMon, 16 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000Some States Celebrate MLK Day and Robert E. Lee’s Birthday on the Same Day Luther King, Jr. has been celebrated on the third Monday in January since the federal holiday was first observed in 1986Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000New $100 Coin Features First-Ever African-American Lady Liberty'll put a new face on a familiar allegoryFri, 13 Jan 2017 22:05:39 +0000New National Monuments Highlight Reconstruction and Civil Rights History Obama designated three Southern sites critical to sharing that storyFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:20:59 +0000Since First Successfully Used 75 Years Ago, Ejection Seats Have Saved Thousands faster an airplane is moving, the harder it is to get out of: that's why ejection seats are so importantFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000You Can Write Inside Mark Twain’s Library with Clemens in his historic homeFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:40:21 +0000Bruce Springsteen Is Getting His Own Archive new center will celebrate the glory days of Boss and other American musical iconsFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The First Cryonic Preservation Took Place Fifty Years Ago Today, we still have no idea if the process will ever produce resultsThu, 12 Jan 2017 19:29:08 +0000Harriet Tubman Is Getting Her Own National Historical Park park will tell the story of Tubman’s later years Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:17:19 +0000Why a Glass Penny Cost One Collector Over $70,000 prototype was part of a short-lived attempt to take the copper out of one-cent coinsThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:36:19 +0000Why Some Women Campaigned Against The Vote For Women it seems counter-intuitive now, some women had reasons for not wanting the voteThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000People Have Tried to Make U.S. Cigarette Warning Labels More Graphic for Decades this day in 1964, the surgeon general officially said that smoking causes cancer. But warning labels in America still don't show its effects Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:20:00 +0000State Department Apologizes for the "Lavender Scare" decades, the agency purged gay and lesbian workers believing their sexual orientation made them security risksTue, 10 Jan 2017 19:47:29 +0000The Legendary Reporter Who Broke the Beginning of World War II Is Dead Hollingworth redefined the role of war correspondent Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:13:45 +0000The Parking Garage Where Deep Throat Spilled the Beans on Watergate Is Being Torn Down is scheduled for early this yearTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:56:49 +0000This Three-Wheeled, Battery-Powered Plastic Car-Bike Was a Giant Flop in 1985 today, some have asked if Sir Clive Sinclair was just ahead of his timeTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:55:00 +0000John D. Rockefeller Was the Richest Person To Ever Live. Period Oil, his company, is one of the biggest reasons we have anti-monopoly lawsTue, 10 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000One of California’s Iconic “Tunnel Trees” Has Fallen Pioneer Cabin Tree was likely hundreds of years oldMon, 09 Jan 2017 21:03:41 +0000New York State Once Introduced an Anti-Flirting Bill law aimed to crack down on public displays of affection of all kindsMon, 09 Jan 2017 20:15:58 +0000The International Space Station Will Finally Welcome a Black Astronaut May 2018, flight engineer Jeanette J. Epps will begin her mission on the ISSMon, 09 Jan 2017 18:58:55 +0000The Inventor of the Telegraph Was Also America’s First Photographer daguerreotype craze took over New York in the mid-nineteenth centuryMon, 09 Jan 2017 14:35:33 +0000Remembering Joan of Arc, the Original Nasty Woman Maid of Orleans and her holy voices were in many ways too different to liveMon, 09 Jan 2017 07:00:00 +0000There Are Only Two Shakers Left in the World of America’s oldest religious sects still survivesFri, 06 Jan 2017 16:41:40 +0000The Market Crash That Cost Newton a Fortune esteemed scientist wasn't the only one to fall for the first investment bubbleFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:40:00 +0000A Coal Fire May Have Helped Sink the 'Titanic' new documentary claims the <i>Titanic</i>’s hull was weakened before it struck an icebergThu, 05 Jan 2017 19:43:06 +0000Advice for Drivers From Dorothy Levitt, the Pre-War Racing Record Breaker You’ve Never Heard Of’s story is proof that women were in auto racing almost from the start, and she has some ideas for other driversThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000We Can Thank Harry Truman for TV Politics was the first president to regularly appear on televisionThu, 05 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Adlai Stevenson Stopped Russian Interference in the 1960 Election Soviets offered the former presidential candidate propaganda support if he ran in 1960, an offer he politely declinedWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:50:45 +0000After Nearly 70 Years, the India-Pakistan Partition Gets a Museum Partition Museum is unrelenting in its portrayal of a brutal eraWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:22:06 +0000On This Day in 1847, a Texas Ranger Walked Into Samuel Colt’s Shop and Said, Make Me a Six-Shooter Colt was a clever marketer as well as a talented inventorWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Topsy the Elephant Was a Victim of Her Captors, Not Thomas Edison believe Edison killed Topsy to prove a point, but some historians argue otherwiseWed, 04 Jan 2017 14:05:00 +0000Germany’s Controversial New Version of ‘Mein Kampf’ Is Now a Bestseller kept under lock and key, the book is now available in a critical editionTue, 03 Jan 2017 19:18:18 +0000Happy Birthday to Hollywood’s First Chinese-American Star was a leading lady, but racism held her career backTue, 03 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The First-Known Photograph of the White House Was Taken by an Immigrant Plumbe, Jr. was one of America’s first rockstar photographersTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000People Mailed Dimes 'By The Truck Load' to FDR's White House to Cure Polio was America’s first and only president with a visible—and known—disabilityTue, 03 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000"Comfort Woman" Statue Stokes Old Tensions Between Japan and South Korea’s a silent reminder of the plight of hundreds of thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War IITue, 03 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Notes Indicate Nixon Interfered With 1968 Peace Talks from aide seem to confirm long-time speculation that Nixon tried to scuttle a Vietnam peace deal to help his presidential campaignMon, 02 Jan 2017 20:39:52 +0000This Catastrophic Polar Journey Resulted in One of the Best Adventure Books Ever Written Cherry-Garrard's travel memoir is still the one to beat, and not only because it features penguinsMon, 02 Jan 2017 20:33:05 +0000If Isaac Asimov Had Named The Smartphone, He Might Have Called It The “Pocket Computer Mark II” sci-fi author correctly predicted a number of innovations that have come to passMon, 02 Jan 2017 15:28:16 +0000The World Finally Knows How Leaders Reacted to Margaret Thatcher’s Resignation Iron Lady glistens in newly released papers about her last years as Prime MinisterFri, 30 Dec 2016 20:48:30 +0000The Year in National Parks people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000Meet the Men Behind Saturday Morning's Most Memorable Cartoons! Hanna-Barbera once dominated kids’ Saturday schedulesFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:58:01 +0000The Story of the Real Canary in a Coal Mine until just 30 years ago, the humble canary was an important part of British mining historyFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:46:23 +0000