World History


Vilnius Remembers

In Vilnius, Lithuania, preservationists are creating a living memorial to the nation's 225,000 Holocaust victims

Vikings sailing to Iceland

The Vikings: A Memorable Visit to America

The Icelandic house of what is likely the first European-American baby has scholars rethinking the Norse sagas


Treasure Quest

For more than a decade, American Robert Graf has combed the waters of a Seychelles island for a multimillion-dollar booty stashed by pirates 300 years ago


TET: Who Won?

A North Vietnamese battlefield defeat that led to victory, the Tet Offensive still triggers debate nearly four decades later


Kilroy Was Here

En route to Vietnam in the 1960s, American G.I.'s recorded their hopes and fears on the canvas undersides of troopship sleeping berths

The third president left no specific drawing of his courthouse design, but archaeologists have found new clues to the Classical Revival structure.

Digging for Jefferson's Lost Courthouse

Archaeologists in Virginia found the footprint of a red brick building lost in the mid-19th century


The Civil War

When the Shooting Started

A century and a half ago, Britain's Roger Fenton pioneered the art of war photography

Eddie Grant

When Major Leaguer Eddie Grant Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

The Harvard-trained lawyer and professional baseball player Eddie Grant volunteered to serve in World War I. He fought as he'd played: selflessly


From Russia With Love

Tolstoy Does "Oprah"

A memorial in front of Fresno County Court House commemorating Hmong service

American Odyssey

They fled terror in Laos after secretly aiding American forces in the Vietnam War. Now 200,000 Hmong prosper-and struggle-in the United States

Francis Scott Key looks out on the namesake of his poem, the Star-Spangled Banner.

Francis Scott Key, the Reluctant Patriot

The Washington lawyer was an unlikely candidate to write the national anthem; he was against America’s entry into the War of 1812 from the outset


In Search of William Tell

Seven hundred years ago, William Tell shot an arrow through an apple on his son's head and launched the struggle for Swiss independence. Or did he?

A view of the ancient ruins of the Stadium at Olympia with its centerpiece 210-yard track.

No Bob Costas? Why the Ancient Olympics Were No Fun to Watch

Spectators braved all manner of discomfort—from oppressive heat to incessant badgering by vendors—to witness ancient Greece's ultimate pagan festival


Of Majesty and Mayhem

An exhibition of ancient Maya art points up the opulence and violence of the great Mesoamerican civilization


Secrets of the Maya: Deciphering Tikal

After decades of intense research, the ancient ruins of Mexico and Central America are yielding new insights into the pre-Columbia culture


Salem Sets Sail

After the Revolutionary War, ships from a little Massachusetts seaport brought the new nation wares from China and the mysterious East

Democrats (in a 1856 cartoon) paid a heavy price for the perception that they would go to any lengths to advance slavery.

The Law that Ripped America in Two

One hundred fifty years ago, the Kansas-Nebraska Act set the stage for America's civil war


Towering Mysteries

Who built them and why? An amateur archaeologist tries to get to the bottom of some astonishing structures in Tibet and Sichuan Province, China

A life vest from the Titanic.

Titanic Sank This Morning

An artifact from the doomed ocean liner evokes that catastrophic night in April 1912


Flower Child

A Vietnam War protester recalls a seminal '60s image, part of a new book celebrating French photographer Marc Riboud's 50-year career

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