The United States Army had several advantages, but the most decisive was the professionalism instilled at West Point
July 16, 2013 | By William Rosen
Finding prostitutes in the Union-occupied city was no problem, but expelling them was.
July 08, 2013 | By Angela Serratore
A tribesman who led a doomed revolt against Japan in 1669 still inspires new generations of Ainu nationalists
June 20, 2013 | By Mike Dash
Aimee Semple McPherson was an American phenomenon even before she went missing for five weeks in 1926.
June 17, 2013 | By Gilbert King
Not even a murder trial and the unmasking of her fake pregnancy stopped Emma Cunningham's search for love and legitimacy
June 13, 2013 | By Angela Serratore
An 1864 case that ended with the execution of eight Haitians for child murder and cannibalism has helped define attitudes toward the nation and the religion ever since
May 29, 2013 | By Mike Dash
The young scientist demolished the old guard's ideas on the nature and size of the universe
May 20, 2013 | By Gilbert King
Corporate violence against union organizers might have gone unrecorded—if it not for an enterprising news photographer
April 30, 2013 | By Gilbert King
Was the man whose assassination began World War I riding in a car destined to bring death to a series of owners?
April 22, 2013 | By Mike Dash
In 1836, three Scottish boys discovered a strange cache of miniature coffins concealed on a hillside above Edinburgh. Who put them there—and why?
April 15, 2013 | By Mike Dash
It would take a miracle to beat Craig Wood in 1935. Gene Sarazen provided one
April 11, 2013 | By Gilbert King
The lawman had a reputation to protect—but that reputation shifted after he moved East
April 03, 2013 | By Gilbert King
An American whaling ship brought together an oddball crew with a dangerous mission: freeing six Irishmen from a jail in western Australia
March 12, 2013 | By Gilbert King
In 1820, one of Britain's most notorious criminals hatched a plan to rescue the emperor from exile on the Atlantic isle of St Helena -- but did he ever try it?
March 08, 2013 | By Mike Dash
The whaler Essex was indeed sunk by a whale—and that's only the beginning
March 01, 2013 | By Gilbert King
Vivian Gordon was a reputed prostitute and blackmailer—but her murder led to the downfall of New York Mayor Jimmy Walker
February 25, 2013 | By Rachel Shteir
Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a Soviet sniper credited with 309 kills—and an advocate for women's rights. On a U.S. tour in 1942, she found a friend in the first lady.
February 21, 2013 | By Gilbert King
Did members of a powerful society of warlocks actually murder their enemies and kidnap children?
February 19, 2013 | By Mike Dash
The inventor's vision of a global wireless-transmission tower proved to be his undoing
February 04, 2013 | By Gilbert King
In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga
January 29, 2013 | By Mike Dash