EventsMomentous and notable cultural and historic occasions as well as holidays and celebrations
Director of "Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela"
September 01, 2006 | By Lucinda Moore
Scientists and soldiers combine forensics and archaeology to search for pilot Bat Masterson, one of 88,000 Americans missing in action from recent wars.
August 2006 | By Robert M. Poole
To see the Revolutionary war through the eyes of slaves is to better understand why so many of them fought for the crown
May 2006 | By Simon Schama
An Indian artist's traditional tribute honors Native American soldiers who served in Vietnam
May 2006 | By Owen Edwards
One hundred years ago this month, John Paul Jones was welcomed home with great fanfare at the U.S. Naval Academy. But was the body really his?
April 2006 | By Adam Goodheart
To photographer Slim Aarons, the biggest stars were auld acquaintances
January 2006 | By Owen Edwards
When orbiting pranksters Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford launched into "Jingle Bells," Mission Control almost lost control
December 2005 | By Owen Edwards
Shaped by persecution, tribal strife and an unforgiving landscape, Iraq's Kurds have put their dream of independence on hold-for now
December 2005 | By Andrew Cockburn
In Katrina's aftermath, the trumpeter has rallied support for his native New Orleans
November 01, 2005 | By Tom Piazza
Weegee's wartime snapshot was widely seen as social criticism, but it was, in fact, a farce
November 2005 | By Matthew Gurewitsch
At last, all parties were ready to make peace in the Middle East. Whoops ... Not So Fast
September 2005 | By John F. Harris
A buried Civil War battery in a Kentucky suburb tells of valiant men standing at the ready... and waiting... and waiting....
September 2005 | By Andrew Berg
We asked readers to tell us where they were and how they reacted to the news that World War II had ended. And what a response we got!
August 2005 | By Smithsonian magazine
A veteran Vietnam correspondent revisits the romantic retreat where he, and so many others, sought respite from war in Indochina
August 2005 | By Stanley Karnow
On this site where the nation's legendary African-American fighting force proved its valor in the Civil War, a housing development ignited a debate over the uses of history
July 2005 | By Fergus M. Bordewich
A marauding hog bites the dust in a border dispute between the United States and Britain that fails to turn ugly
June 2005 | By Deborah Franklin
On the 40th anniversary of the wartime leader's death, historians are reassessing the complex figure who carried Britain through its darkest hour
March 2005 | By Edward Rothstein
To a war-weary nation, a U.S. POW's return from captivity in Vietnam in 1973 looked like the happiest of reunions
January 2005 | By Carolyn Kleiner Butler
A new museum celebrates the Underground Railroad, the secret network of people who bravely led slaves to liberty before the Civil War
December 2004 | By Fergus M. Bordewich
In Vilnius, Lithuania, preservationists are creating a living memorial to the nation's 225,000 Holocaust victims
December 2004 | By Vijai Maheshawri