Historic EventsWars, important political and economic occasions, catastrophes and social movements of the past
A hundred years ago, the British Empire looked enviously at the efficient carrier pigeon networks established by its European rivals. Yet during the First World War, Allied birds outperformed their rivals and saved thousands of lives–all thanks to the efforts of one London pigeon fancier.
April 17, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Learn about the doomed voyage, the science behind the disaster and the passengers who survived
April 04, 2012 | By Smithsonian.com
They helped overthrow Qaddafi by smuggling arms and spying on the government. Now the women of Libya are fighting for a greater voice in society
April 2012 | By Joshua Hammer
The massacre almost brought the United States to war against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but only one man was brought to trial: John D. Lee
February 29, 2012 | By Gilbert King
As always, Academy voters have their tendencies, but there's one short this year that stands out among the rest
February 22, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan
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
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
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
Recently reissued, William L. Shirer's seminal 1960 history of Nazi Germany is still important reading
February 2012 | By Ron Rosenbaum
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
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