Historic EventsWars, important political and economic occasions, catastrophes and social movements of the past
The effort to restore the Marsh Arabs' traditional way of life in southern Iraqvirtually eradicated by Saddam Hussein faces new threats.
October 2006 | By Joshua Hammer
Director of "Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela"
September 01, 2006 | By Lucinda Moore
Tourists flock to the World Trade Center site, but for New Yorkers, 9/11 is history.
September 2006 | By Pete Hamill
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
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