EventsMomentous and notable cultural and historic occasions as well as holidays and celebrations
Sir Basil Zaharoff was the archetypal "merchant of death"—an arms salesman who made a career out of selling to both sides in a conflict and stood accused of starting World War I for his personal profit.
February 16, 2012 | By Mike Dash
The officer who gained glory as a warrior in the Civil War also had a domestic side.
February 14, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The inventor, the celebrity and the royal highness couldn’t resist the draw of making a grand gesture to the love of their life
February 10, 2012 | By Abigail Tucker
How Act of Valor is only the latest in a long history of official military involvement in the film industry
February 08, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan
He was the barbarians' barbarian who called himself "the Scourge of God." But how did the terrible Attila command such loyalty—and why, in death, was he so mourned?
February 03, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Recently reissued, William L. Shirer's seminal 1960 history of Nazi Germany is still important reading
February 2012 | By Ron Rosenbaum
As part of her plan to prepare Americans for the next "big one," the seismologist tackles the dangerous phenomenon of denial
February 2012 | By Amy Wallace
Off the coast of North Carolina lie dozens of shipwrecks, remainders of a forgotten theater of World War II
January 18, 2012 | By Jim Morrison
A collection of historic front pages shows how civilians experienced and read about the war
January 10, 2012 | By Jeanne Maglaty
It has become one of the great legends of World War I. But what really happened when British and German troops emerged from their trenches that Christmas Day?
December 23, 2011 | By Mike Dash
Using antique technology and vintage cookbooks, food historian Ivan Day recreates such Tudor and Victorian specialties as puddings and roast goose
December 22, 2011 | By Elaine Glusac
Why does this parasitic plant remind us of romance?
December 21, 2011 | By Rob Dunn
John Harlan championed racial justice on a hostile Supreme Court. Robert Harlan, a freed slave, achieved renown despite the court's decisions
December 20, 2011 | By Gilbert King
Longfellow made the patriot’s ride to Lexington legendary, but the story of Revere’s earlier trip to Portsmouth deserves to be retold as well
December 12, 2011 | By Christopher Klein
Some directors make more movies than others. A lot more.
December 09, 2011 | By Daniel Eagan
Historian Amanda Foreman discusses how British citizens took part in the war between the Union and the Confederacy
December 09, 2011 | By Megan Gambino
She was young, married and a mother. But after her husband died in battle against the Nazis, she became a secret agent for the British
December 06, 2011 | By Gilbert King
Seventy years after the day that lives on in infamy, the soldiers stationed at Pearl Harbor recall their experiences
December 05, 2011 | By Megan Gambino
As you begin your holiday shopping, review these selections of the best picture books of the year
December 02, 2011 | By Kathleen Burke
President Lincoln addresses the State of the Union and grows impatient with General McClellan
December 2011 | By David Zax