A lone German carpenter displays astounding determination, skill and ingenuity—and comes within 8 minutes of assassinating Adolf Hitler at the outset of World War II. So why is Georg Elser's name so nearly forgotten?
August 18, 2011 | By Mike Dash
His contributions to mathematics and electrical engineering made him one of the most beloved and instantly recognizable men of his time.
August 16, 2011 | By Gilbert King
Name: unknown. Cause of death: unknown. Occupation: unknown. Possessions: a scrap of paper with two words in Persian, torn from a rare first edition book. Welcome to the world's most perplexing cold case.
August 12, 2011 | By Mike Dash
Known as much for their troubles as their successes, these childhood friends left their mark on early American history
August 12, 2011 | By David O. Stewart
Renowned for their ruthlessness, these two female pirates challenged the sailors’ adage that a woman’s presence on shipboard invites bad luck
August 09, 2011 | By Karen Abbott
An encounter on a lonely road in the furthest reaches of the English West Country sheds light on the dying days of a once-ubiquitous profession
August 04, 2011 | By Mike Dash
When excavators in Inchon, Korea discovered a U.S. naval officer's ring, they had no knowledge of the pain and suffering associated with its former owner, Minter Dial
August 02, 2011 | By Gilbert King
To protect the fruits of their labor and thwart "plant thieves," early American growers enlisted artists
August 2011 | By Daniel J. Kevles
The Irish American immigrant made a fortune by supplying the giant stone coins prized by Yap islanders
July 28, 2011 | By Mike Dash
Hall realized his death would set off a national political scandal, inspiring the genuine wonder that he had never been what he seemed
July 21, 2011 | By Karen Abbott
A 1957 "time traveler" recalls "a feeling of unfriendliness and unseen watchers which sent shivers up one’s back"
July 21, 2011 | By Mike Dash
Thomas Jefferson and Noah Webster argue over conventional wisdom that lasted thousands of years
July 15, 2011 | By Joshua Kendall
Civil War scholar Harold Holzer helps to decode what spectators heard when the 16th president spoke
June 07, 2011 | By Megan Gambino
Sketches by Boz, the volume of newspaper columns that became Dickens’ first book, invokes a colorful view of 19th-century England
June 06, 2011 | By Rebecca Dalzell
A century ago, the first Indianapolis 500 race started in high excitement and ended in a muddle
June 2011 | By Charles Leerhsen
In 1865, a single photograph was taken during the autopsy of John Wilkes
Booth. Where is it now?
May 06, 2011 | By Ashley Luthern
By using cookbooks from the 17th century, one intrepid writer attempts to recreate dishes the Bard himself would have eaten
April 22, 2011 | By Amy Arden
Photographer A.F. Van Order captured the thrills and spills of board-track motorcycle racing in the 1910s
April 2011 | By David Schonauer
The magic of Velázquez has influenced artists from his contemporaries to Manet and Picasso
April 2011 | By Jamie Katz
Of all the images created by the artist Paul Gauguin, none was more striking than the one he crafted for himself
March 2011 | By Ann Morrison