Historic EventsWars, important political and economic occasions, catastrophes and social movements of the past
Today, the New York Fire Department, along with a team of scientists, are going to burn down 20 vacant houses, furnished with goodies from hotel liquidation sales, with the aim of figuring out better ways of fighting plastic-fueled fires.
July 02, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
New research finds that "man's best friend" could be lifesavers for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
July 2012 | By Chris Colin
Residents have so far been able to stay safe from the fires, but strong winds compounding on record high temperatures, a dry winter, and possibly a recent pine beetle infestation, have rocketed this year's fire season to be one of the most destructive in at least four decades.
June 27, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The army spent $5 billion on those new-fangled pixelated camouflage uniforms that peppered Iraq and Afghanistan, only to find out that they do not work at all, The Daily reports: “Essentially, the Army designed a universal uniform that universally failed in every environment,” said an Army specialist who served two tours in Iraq, wearing UCP [...]
June 26, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
Danger Room journalist Richard Wheeler reports that the world may see a brief respite from costly, often lethal Somali piracy as we head into the summer months. The evidence is in a joint New Zealand–Australian study, Climatic controls on piracy in the Horn of Africa Region, 2010—2011. Unlike previous reporting, which proposed that both summer [...]
June 26, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The Rodney Dangerfield of wars in the United States, the 19th-century conflict is given great respect by our Northern neighbors
June 18, 2012 | By John Hanc
Before the burning of the White House, the First Lady saved some red draperies. Could she have made a dress from them?
June 15, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Was the national anthem really set to the melody of a drinking tune? Take a closer look at the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key's song
June 13, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
The German chemist helped feed the world. Then he developed the first chemical weapons used in battle
June 06, 2012 | By Gilbert King
What is there to remember about the battles long relegated to footnote status? More than you might think!
June 01, 2012 | By Smithsonian magazine
Instead, Etta Shiber, a widow and former Manhattan housewife, helped smuggle stranded Allied soldiers out of Nazi-occupied in Paris
May 25, 2012 | By Karen Abbott
Here's your chance to see a haunting and long suppressed WWII documentary about PTSD
May 25, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan
During World War II, Hedy Lamarr raised $7 million in one night by kissing war-bond buyers. But she and the Hollywood composer George Anthiel also designed a radical new torpedo-guidance system
May 23, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Why did the country really go to war against the British? Which American icon came out of the forgotten war?
May 22, 2012 | By Tony Horwitz and Brian Wolly
American troops tuning in to wartime German radio broadcasts found themselves listening to one of Hitler's strangest experiments: the swinging sounds and virulently pro-Nazi lyrics of Charlie and His Orchestra
May 17, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Frank Ward was a 17-year-old crewman when he saw the infamous disaster, but his memories of that day are still strong, 75 years later
May 02, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
A photographer's images of domestic tranquility pay tribute to U.S. service members
May 2012 | By T.A. Frail
Robert Caro, the esteemed biographer of Lyndon Baines Johnson, talks on the Shakespearean life of the 36th president
May 2012 | By Ron Rosenbaum
A new addition to the Smithsonian collections tells a new story about the legendary disaster
May 2012 | By Abigail Tucker
To visit the brutal prison that held Mandela is haunting, yet inspiring
May 2012 | By Scott Johnson