YearsPeople, events and movements related to the 15th through 21st centuries
The officer who gained glory as a warrior in the Civil War also had a domestic side.
February 14, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The secret of Glamis Castle—a concealed room, a hidden heir—was one of the great talking points of the 19th century. But will the mystery ever be resolved?
February 10, 2012 | By Mike Dash
The plot to kill Michael Malloy for life-insurance money seemed foolproof—until the conspirators actually tried it
February 07, 2012 | By Karen Abbott
Two centuries after his birth, the novelist is still wildly popular, as a theme park, a new movie and countless festivals attest
February 2012 | By Joshua Hammer
In 1930, many football fans believed the college game was better than the professional one
January 31, 2012 | By Gilbert King
A century ago, Douglas Mawson saw his two companions die and found himself stranded in the midst of Antarctic blizzards.
January 27, 2012 | By Mike Dash
The champion golfer was critically injured in 1949—and went on to the most dominant phase of his career.
January 25, 2012 | By Gilbert King
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
Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith were so good at undercover work, a newspaper said they could disguise themselves as "breaths of air or unconfirmed rumors." But their success came back to haunt them
January 10, 2012 | By Karen Abbott
In 1967, Harold Holt went for a swim off an Australian beach and never came back. By law, no official inquest could be held without a body. Soon the whispers of conspiracy began.
January 04, 2012 | By Gilbert King
No one had ever tunneled under a major river before Marc Brunel began a shaft below London's river in the 1820s
January 03, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Coya Knutson won a seat in the U.S. House in 1954 but was undone by a secret she brought to Washington
December 29, 2011 | By Gilbert King
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
At the height of the sailing era, four of the world's fastest clippers raced to be first home from China to London with the season's precious early cargo of tea
December 15, 2011 | By Mike Dash
As a young man, Paul Morphy vanquished eight opponents simultaneously while effectively blindfolded
December 12, 2011 | By Karen Abbott
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
For six years, an elderly tramp toured the U.S., paying those who helped him with checks for sums of up to $900,000
December 05, 2011 | By Mike Dash
A chance find has rescued the work of the camera-toting baby sitter, and gallery owners are taking notice
December 2011 | By David Zax
The 19th-century artist Robert Walter Weir took inspiration from Washington Irving to create a prototype of Santa Claus
December 2011 | By Owen Edwards