Modern Historic Eras: Europe
Charles J. Guiteau said he wanted to kill President James A. Garfield "in an American manner." He passed up several opportunities before he thought the time was right.
January 17, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The first case of stigmata—the appearance of marks or actual wounds like those Christ received during the Crucifixion—was recorded in 1224. Hundreds of cases have followed. But this phenomenon has not been fully explained.
November 18, 2011 | By Mike Dash
In 1782, an unknown French engineer offered an invention better than radar: the ability to detect ships hundreds of miles away
October 13, 2011 | By Mike Dash
For the better part of 200 years, thousands of female soldiers fought and died to expand the borders of their West African kingdom. Even their conquerors, the French, acknowledged their "prodigious bravery."
September 23, 2011 | By Mike Dash
Renowned for their ruthlessness, these two female pirates challenged the sailors’ adage that a woman’s presence on shipboard invites bad luck
August 09, 2011 | By Karen Abbott
A 1957 "time traveler" recalls "a feeling of unfriendliness and unseen watchers which sent shivers up one’s back"
July 21, 2011 | By Mike Dash
Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted witty, even surreal portraits composed of fruits, vegetables, fish and trees
January 2011 | By Abigail Tucker
Beneath Oxford University, archaeologists have uncovered a medieval city that altered the course of English history
October 2010 | By David Keys
Two obscure 16th-century German scholars named the American continent and changed the way people thought about the world
December 2009 | By Toby Lester
Are figures in a Florentine altar panel attributed to Italian artist Andrea del Verrocchio actually by Leonardo da Vinci?
October 2009 | By Ann Landi
The European discovery of America opened possibilities for those with eyes to see. But Columbus was not one of them
October 2009 | By Edmund S. Morgan
Four hundred years ago, the Italian scientist looked into space and changed our view of the universe
August 2009 | By David Zax
With these various instruments, Galileo Galilei was able to look into space and change our view of the universe.
July 20, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
In France’s Loire Valley, domesticated cave dwellings, known as troglodyte homes, offer a history as rich as the region’s chateaus
May 19, 2009 | By Kristin Ohlson
Half a millennium later, the story of the painting of the Sistine Chapel is as fascinating as Michelangelo’s masterpiece itself
April 10, 2009 | By Jamie Katz
Charles Babbage, the grandfather of the computer, envisioned a calculating machine that was never built, until now
April 02, 2009 | By Aleta George
The "Great Wall of the Alps" covers 320 acres and is one of the largest fortified structures in Europe
March 2009 | By T. A. Frail
The basilica believed to mark the birthplace of Jesus Christ has survived invasions, rebellions and earthquakes
March 2009 | By Abigail Tucker
The fate of the 14th-century abbey has been darkened by ethnic violence in the Balkans
March 2009 | By Kathleen Burke
A new exhibition re-establishes Lievens' reputation as an old master, after centuries of being eclipsed by his friend and rival
March 2009 | By Matthew Gurewitsch