History | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenWed, 22 Nov 2017 15:08:05 +0000Good History Takes Time, So Be Patient With the New JFK Documentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/assassination-sleuths-bewareitll-take-lot-time-and-research-make-sense-new-jfk-documents-180966973/There are unlikely to be any bombshells, and it’ll be months or years before historians can draw conclusions from the new filesThu, 26 Oct 2017 15:21:04 +0000What Was the Inspiration for “The Murder on the Orient Express”?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-was-inspiration-murder-orient-express-180967305/Agatha Christie wrote her famous detective novel based on an even more famous kidnappingWed, 22 Nov 2017 15:08:05 +0000Survivor Shares Terrifying Moments Before Plane Crashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/survivor-shares-terrifying-moments-before-pl_1/It's August 2008 and Spanair Flight 5022 is late taking off from Madrid-Barajas airport. Seconds after lift off, the unthinkable happensWed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Thibodaux Massacre Left 60 African-Americans Dead and Spelled the End of Unionized Farm Labor in the South for Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thibodaux-massacre-left-60-african-americans-dead-and-spelled-end-unionized-farm-labor-south-decades-180967289/In 1887, African-American cane workers in Louisiana attempted to organize—and many paid with their livesTue, 21 Nov 2017 16:04:24 +0000Winston Churchill’s Historic “Fight Them on the Beaches” Speech Wasn’t Heard by the Public Until After WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/winston-churchills-historic-fight-them-beaches-speech-wasnt-heard-public-until-after-wwii-180967278/The recordings we hear today didn’t air over the BBC at the time, but that hasn’t stopped many Britons from remembering otherwiseTue, 21 Nov 2017 13:03:21 +0000This Hero Rallied Wounded USS Indianapolis Survivorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-hero-rallied-wounded-uss-indianapolis-s/Dehydrated, exhausted, and preyed upon by sharks, the surviving crew of the sunken USS Indianapolis was in a living nightmareTue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Brief History of “Alice’s Restaurant”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/brief-history-alices-restaurant-180967276/The Arlo Guthrie classic starts off retelling the true story of what happened more than 50 years agoMon, 20 Nov 2017 18:40:11 +0000Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thirteen-books-informed-and-delighted-smithsonian-scholars-year-180967238/With a mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, Smithsonian thought leaders are voracious readersMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Before the Fall of the Roman Republic, Income Inequality and Xenophobia Threatened Its Foundationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fall-roman-republic-income-inequality-and-xenophobia-threatened-its-foundations-180967249/In a new book, history podcaster Mike Duncan describes what preceded Caesar’s rise to EmperorThu, 16 Nov 2017 19:30:32 +0000The Invisible Face of the American Worker Is Made Stunningly Visible in This New Showhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invisible-face-american-worker-made-visible-new-portrait-gallery-show-180967242/The National Portrait Gallery kicks off its 50th anniversary with the exhibition "The Sweat of Their Face"Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:22:28 +0000Can the Museum of the Bible Deliver on Its Promise?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/museum-of-bible-deliver-promise-180967239/The highly anticipated museum hopes to offer something for visitors of all faiths, but on a topic as fraught as religion, that may not be possibleThu, 16 Nov 2017 16:36:58 +0000USS Indianapolis Crew Battled Sharks and Hallucinationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/uss-indianapolis-crew-battled-sharks-and-hal/A Japanese torpedo attack against the USS Indianapolis leaves the men with no time to launch lifeboats. For four grueling days, the survivors floatThu, 16 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Pete Souza Fits Into the Storied History of Presidential Photographyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-pete-souza-changed-publics-relationship-president-180967201/In his new book, the former White House photographer frames a clear picture of the Obama yearsWed, 15 Nov 2017 13:54:02 +00001996 Brazilian Flight Crashes Seconds After Takeoffhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/1996-brazilian-flight-crashes-seconds-after/Shortly into TAM Flight 402's takeoff from Congonhas Airport, the pilots are stunned when the plane tilts dangerously to the rightWed, 15 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000A 1957 Meeting Forced the FBI to Recognize the Mafia—And Changed the Justice System Foreverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1957-meeting-forced-fbi-recognize-mafiaand-changed-justice-system-forever-180967204/FBI director J. Edgar Hoover previously ignored the growing threat in favor of pursuing Cold War bugaboosTue, 14 Nov 2017 18:46:14 +0000Choosing Between Deadly Options on a Fiery Oil Righttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/choosing-between-deadly-options-on-a-fiery-o/A deadly explosion aboard the Piper Alpha oil rig leaves the surviving crew scrambling to reach the evacuation helipadTue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Brings Immigrants to America?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/what-brings-immigrants-america-conversation-lisa-sasaki-180965162/The head of the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center recounts her own family’s experience in the U.S.Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:39:26 +0000Why Did the 1918 Flu Kill So Many Otherwise Healthy Young Adults?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-did-1918-flu-kill-so-many-otherwise-healthy-young-adults-180967178/Uncovering a World War I veteran's story provided a genealogist and pharmacologist with some cluesFri, 10 Nov 2017 15:59:06 +0000What Caused the Giant Piper Alpha Oil Rig Explosion?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-caused-the-giant-piper-alpha-oil-rig-ex/At 14,000 tons and 2.5 times the height of the Statue of Liberty, the Piper Alpha oil rig was one of the largest in the worldFri, 10 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Lonnie Bunch Looks Back on Year One and the Making of the Smithsonian's Newest Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museum-director-lonnie-bunch-looks-back-year-one-making-smithsonians-newest-museum-180967173/The director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture reflects on what it took to make a dream realityThu, 09 Nov 2017 21:22:45 +0000The Forgotten Women Scientists Who Fled the Holocaust for the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-women-scientists-who-fled-holocaust-united-states-180967166/A new project from Northeastern University traces the journeys of 80 women who attempted to escape Europe and find new lives in America during World War IIThu, 09 Nov 2017 18:14:59 +0000The United States Isn’t Alone When It Underestimates the Costs of Immigrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/united-states-isnt-alone-when-it-underestimates-costs-immigration-180965224/Conservative commentator David Frum sees little that’s exceptional with the way the U.S. handles its immigration challenges Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:21:58 +0000Was Vichy France a Puppet Government or a Willing Nazi Collaborator? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/vichy-government-france-world-war-ii-willingly-collaborated-nazis-180967160/The authoritarian government led by Marshal Pétain participated in Jewish expulsions and turned France into a quasi-police stateThu, 09 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000How Scientists Identified the Oldest Known Solar Eclipse ... Using the Biblehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-identified-oldest-known-solar-eclipse-bible-180967135/The new research by two physicists adds to astronomical knowledge—and overturns previous Biblical interpretationsTue, 07 Nov 2017 15:17:23 +0000The 19th-Century Woman Journalist Who Made Congress Bow Down in Fearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/19th-century-woman-journalist-who-made-congress-bow-down-fear-180967102/A new book examines the life and legacy of Anne Royall, whose literal witch trial made headlines across the countryTue, 07 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Winnie-the-Pooh Became a Household Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/winnie-pooh-became-household-bear-180967090/The true story behind the new movie, "Goodbye Christopher Robin"Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:09:52 +0000A Portrait of Eliza Hamilton and a Costume Worn by Lin-Manuel Miranda for 'Hamilton' Arrives at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/portrait-eliza-hamilton-and-one-lin-manuel-mirandas-hamilton-costumes-arrives-smithsonian-180967093/Paying homage to the spirit of philanthropy, the museum honors the Eliza Project and the Graham Windham orphanageMon, 06 Nov 2017 15:52:48 +0000In Defense of Keeping the Indiana University Mural That Depicts (But Doesn't Glorify) the KKKhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/misguided-campaign-remove-thomas-hart-benton-mural-180967080/American artist Thomas Hart Benton thought it crucial to highlight the dark spots in the state's historyFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:03:28 +0000Breaking Down the Numbers of American Immigrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/breaking-down-numbers-american-immigration-180965176/The Pew Research Center lends its expertise to looking at the true population figuresFri, 03 Nov 2017 16:17:46 +0000The History of Five Uniquely American Sandwicheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-five-uniquely-american-sandwiches-180967078/From tuna fish to the lesser-known woodcock, food experts peer under the bread and find the story of a nationFri, 03 Nov 2017 16:02:47 +0000How a Ripped-Off Sequel of Don Quixote Predicted Piracy in the Digital Agehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-ripped-off-sequel-don-quixote-predicted-piracy-digital-age-180967048/An anonymous writer's spinoff of Cervantes' masterpiece showed the peril and potential of new printing technologyFri, 03 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Is it Time We Built a Museum of the History of American History?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/it-time-we-built-museum-history-american-history-180967064/A better understanding of how we interpret our past, and what and who we choose to remember, would go a long way to healing our nation’s woundsThu, 02 Nov 2017 18:24:29 +0000Concentration Camps Existed Long Before Auschwitzhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/concentration-camps-existed-long-before-Auschwitz-180967049/From Cuba to South Africa, the advent of barbed wire and automatic weapons allowed the few to imprison the manyThu, 02 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Mysterious Murder Case That Inspired Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mysterious-murder-case-inspired-margaret-atwoods-alias-grace-180967045/At the center of the case was a beautiful young woman named Grace Marks. But was she really responsible for the crime?Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:38:19 +0000The Founder of the Minutemen on His Vision for U.S. Immigration Policyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/founder-minutemen-his-vision-us-immigration-policy-180965180/Jim Gilchrist became known for his anti-immigration opinions. What does he hope will happen next?Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:50:04 +0000A Deported American on Why Immigrant Rights Are Human Rightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/deported-american-why-immigrant-rights-are-human-rights-180965181/Nancy Landa immigrated to the U.S. as a child, but now advocates on the Mexican side of the border for a change to policyTue, 31 Oct 2017 13:36:44 +0000Signpost From Standing Rock, Now in the Smithsonian Collections, Shows the Power of Solidarityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/signpost-from-standing-rock-now-smithsonian-collections-shows-power-solidarity-180966928/A new addition to the National Museum of the American Indian links current events to a long and problematic history Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000From Escaped Nuns to a Knight in Disguise, 10 Facts About the Life and Legacy of Martin Lutherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/escaped-nuns-knight-disguise-10-facts-about-life-and-legacy-martin-luther-180967022/On the 500th anniversary of his 95 Theses, look back at some of the surprising aspects of the man who changed Christianity and the worldTue, 31 Oct 2017 12:40:47 +0000The Hair-Raising Gimmicks of the Abominable Showmanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hair-raising-gimmicks-abominable-showman-180967014/William Castle went all-out to fright audiences with his horror movies and marketing strategyTue, 31 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0000Yes. The Night Before Halloween Is a Real Holidayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-do-you-call-night-before-halloween-180967010/In New Jersey, it's known as 'Mischief Night." In Detroit, it's 'Devil's Night.' And in Cincinnati, it's ... 'Cabbage Night'?Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:51:41 +0000You Can’t Walk Around London’s Cemeteries Without Seeing Someone Famous (and Dead)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/you-cant-walk-around-londons-cemeteries-without-seeing-someone-famous-and-dead-180966999/A tour of the city’s dead can unearth some fascinating storiesMon, 30 Oct 2017 14:55:29 +0000The British Museum Was a Wonder of Its Time—But Also a Product of Slaveryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/british-museum-was-wonder-its-time-also-product-slavery-180966997/A new book explores the little-known life and career of Hans Sloane, whose collections led to the founding of the British Museum Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:35:07 +0000How Spanish-Language Broadcasters Gave Voice to America's Hispanicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-spanish-language-broadcasters-gave-voice-americas-hispanics-180966985/In a country where more than 37 million people speak Spanish, stations like Telemundo reach under-served communitiesMon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Are Immigrants Good for the American Economy?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/are-immigrants-good-american-economy-180965177/An economist from a libertarian think tank argues in the affirmativeFri, 27 Oct 2017 16:28:21 +0000When Halloween Was All Tricks and No Treatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-halloween-was-all-tricks-no-treats-180966996/Nineteenth-century urbanization unleashed the nation's anarchic spirits, turning holiday mischief into mayhemFri, 27 Oct 2017 15:11:58 +0000A Speedy History of America’s Addiction to Amphetaminehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/speedy-history-americas-addiction-amphetamine-180966989/In a startling parallel to today’s opioid crisis, the drugs were liberally—and legally—prescribed despite little information on safetyFri, 27 Oct 2017 11:21:38 +0000Fats Domino's Infectious Rhythms Set a Nation in Motionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fats-dominos-infectious-rhythms-set-nation-motion-180966984/This Rock ’n’ Roll maverick was a true New Orleans originalThu, 26 Oct 2017 20:27:52 +0000Hidden in a Basement for 70 Years, Newly Discovered Documents Shed Light on Jewish Life and Culture Before WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cache-newly-discovered-documents-sheds-light-jewish-art-and-resistance-during-wwii-180966972/The 170,000 pages found might be “the most important collection of Jewish archives since the Dead Sea Scrolls.”Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:46:02 +0000How a Psychologist’s Work on Race Identity Helped Overturn School Segregation in 1950s Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/psychologist-work-racial-identity-helped-overturn-school-segregation-180966934/Mamie Phipps Clark came up with the oft-cited "doll test" and provided expert testimony in Brown v. Board of EducationThu, 26 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Nazis' Plan to Infiltrate Los Angeles And the Man Who Kept Them at Bayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/stopping-nazi-plots-1930s-los-angeles-180966961/A new book explores the deadly and nefarious plots designed by Hitler and his supportersThu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:30 +0000Follow the Paths of Viking Raiders from Norway to North Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-viking-settlement-sites-180965257/Visit these preserved settlement sitesWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:55:04 +0000VIDEO: Conflict, Insight, Hope -- A Conversation About Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/what-does-it-mean-be-american-today-180965160/Read the full transcript from the latest Second Opinion roundtableWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:15:53 +0000An Open, Candid Conversation About Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/immigration-america-180965144/A series of conversations about one of our nation's most intractable concernsWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:13:34 +0000The Ironic History of Mar-a-Lagohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-mar-a-lago-180965214/A deep dive into an obscure archive reveals that the Palm Beach property had once been envisioned as a "Winter White House"Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How the Black Decree Led to This Mexican Emperor's Doomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-black-decree-led-to-this-mexican-emp/The French-backed Emperor Ferdinand Maximilian of Mexico was losing the raging civil war. In 1865, this prompted him to issue a savage decreeWed, 25 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Next Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/next-pandemic-180965242/With Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Museum of Natural History, we look at the past, present and future of the fluTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:05:52 +0000Ten Famous People Who Survived the 1918 Fluhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ten-famous-people-who-survived-1918-flu-180965336/The notables who recovered from the pandemic included a pioneer of American animation, world-famous artists and two U.S. presidentsTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journal-plague-year-180965222/The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. And it may have begun in the United StatesTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why Did So Few Novels Tackle the 1918 Pandemic?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/flu-novels-great-pandemic-180965205/Surprisingly few U.S. writers touched by the 1918 pandemic wrote about it. But flu lit appears more popular today than everTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How the 1867 Medicine Lodge Treaty Changed the Plains Indian Tribes Foreverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1867-medicine-lodge-treaty-changed-plains-indian-tribes-forever-180965357/The peace agreement set up reservations for the tribe—only to break that agreement in the following decadesMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:45:30 +0000What a Simple Pen Reminds Us About Ulysses S. Grant's Vision for a Post-Civil War Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/president-grant-pen-vision-civil-war-america-180965218/President Grant’s signature on the 15th Amendment was a bold stroke for equalityMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000This Brave Student Captured the Mount St. Helens Blasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-brave-student-captured-the-mount-st-he_1/Some of the most breathtaking photos of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens were taken by a graduate student camped nearbyMon, 23 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Melania Trump Donates Her Inaugural Ball Gown to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/melania-trump-donates-her-inaugural-ball-gown-smithsonian-180965350/Mrs. Trump, who confesses a passion for design, had a precise idea of what she wanted to wear on that historic eveningFri, 20 Oct 2017 20:59:09 +0000Fifty Years Ago, a Rag-Tag Group of Acid-Dropping Activists Tried to "Levitate" the Pentagonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-rag-tag-group-acid-dropping-activists-tried-levitate-pentagon-180965338/The March on the Pentagon to end the Vietnam War began a turning point in public opinion, but some in the crowd were hoping for a miracleFri, 20 Oct 2017 16:31:30 +0000This 5,300-Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accidenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-5300-year-old-corpse-was-found-by-acci_1/Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Otztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpsesFri, 20 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Ties That Bind Muhammad Ali to the NFL Protestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/connections-between-muhammad-ali-and-nfl-protests-180965310/A new biography reveals new details about the history of the boxer—“a heavyweight of contradictions”Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:37:44 +0000Fake News and Fervent Nationalism Got a Senator Tarred as a Traitor During WWIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fake-news-and-fervent-nationalism-got-senator-robert-la-follette-tarred-traitor-his-anti-war-views-180965317/The fiery progressive Robert La Follette responded with a classic defense of free speech in wartimeThu, 19 Oct 2017 14:30:46 +0000A Senator Speaks Out Against Confederate Monuments… in 1910https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/senator-speaks-out-against-confederate-monuments-1910-180965299/Alone in his stand, Weldon Heyburn despised that Robert E. Lee would be memorialized with a statue in the U.S. CapitolWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:09:20 +0000The Minister Who Invented Camping in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/religious-roots-of-americas-love-for-camping-180965280/How William H.H. Murray accidental bestseller launched the country's first outdoor crazeTue, 17 Oct 2017 14:33:41 +0000These Never-Before-Seen Photos From "The New York Times" Offer a New Glimpse Into African-American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-never-seen-photos-new-york-times-offer-new-glimpse-african-american-history-180965279/The editors of the new book, “Unseen” talk about recognizing the paper of record’s biasesTue, 17 Oct 2017 12:28:48 +0000The Release of JFK Assassination Files Later This Month Has Conspiracy Theorists On the Edge of Their Seatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/release-jfk-assassination-files-later-this-month-has-conspiracy-theorists-on-edge-of-their-seats-180965258/The material is expected to spark new interest in the 35th president's deathMon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Battle of Fort McHenry through Francis Scott Key's Eyeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-battle-of-fort-mchenry-through-francis-s/When the British army held Francis Scott Key captive aboard one of their warships during the Battle of Baltimore, his stay inspired enemy's patriotic songMon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Evel Knievel's Famous Snake River Canyon Jumphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/evel-knievels-famous-snake-river-canyon-jump_1/On September 8th, 1974, famous daredevil Evel Knievel climbed into a steam-powered rocket and attempted to blast across Idaho's Snake River CanyonFri, 13 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000The 1938 Hurricane That Revived New England's Fall Colorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1938-hurricane-revived-new-englands-fall-colors-180964975/An epic natural disaster restored the forest of an earlier AmericaThu, 12 Oct 2017 13:55:07 +0000This Is Why France Invaded Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-is-why-france-invaded-mexico/Mexico refused to pay back the sizable debt it owed to countries like France. It was a decision that would prompt France to launch a full-scale invasionThu, 12 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Marie Curie Brought X-Ray Machines To the Battlefieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-marie-curie-brought-x-ray-machines-to-battlefield-180965240/During World War I, the scientist invented a mobile x-ray unit, called a "Little Curie," and trained 150 women to operate itWed, 11 Oct 2017 18:09:28 +0000Collection of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Writing Captures the First Lady’s Lasting Relevancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/collection-eleanor-roosevelt-writing-captures-first-lady-lasting-relevance-180965229/On the 133rd anniversary of her birth, "ER"'s influence lives onWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:55:16 +0000As Wildfires Rage Across California Wine Country, a Historical Structure Turns to Ashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wildfires-rage-across-northern-california-historical-structures-turn-ash-180965227/The iconic Round Barn was destroyed at Fountaingrove, once home to a Utopian community and one of America’s first Japanese immigrantsWed, 11 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Why the Ancient Egyptians Loved Their Kittieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-ancient-egyptians-loved-their-kitties-180965155/A show opening at the Sackler dramatizes the various meanings that the people of Egypt once associated with catsWed, 11 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Inside the House of Zyklon Bhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-house-zyklon-b-180965184/An iconic Hamburg building, built by Jews and now a chocolate museum, once housed the distributors of one of Nazi Germany's most gruesome inventionsTue, 10 Oct 2017 15:05:23 +0000The True Story of the Death of Stalinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-death-stalin-180965119/“Veep” creator Armando Iannucci’s upcoming dark comedy pulls from the stranger-than-fiction real-life events surrounding Stalin’s deathTue, 10 Oct 2017 11:14:37 +0000Meet Mr. Mumler, the Man Who “Captured” Lincoln’s Ghost on Camerahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-mr-mumler-man-who-captured-lincolns-ghost-camera-180965090/When America’s first aerial cameraman met an infamous spirit photographer, the chemistry was explosiveTue, 10 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Territorial Land Grab That Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Pointhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/territorial-grab-pushed-native-americans-breaking-point-180965142/The 1809 treaty that fueled Tecumseh’s war on whites at the Battle of Tippecanoe is on view at the American Indian MuseumMon, 09 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The True Story Behind “Marshall” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-behind-marshall-180965148/What really happened in the trial featured in the new biopic of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood MarshallFri, 06 Oct 2017 16:43:18 +0000Trinity Site Offers a Rare Chance to Visit Ground Zero of the World’s First Atomic Bomb Explosionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/trinity-site-open-house-offers-public-rare-glimpse-atomic-bomb-site-180965110/The detonation site is only open to civilians twice a yearFri, 06 Oct 2017 15:51:16 +0000The Wondrous Complexity of the New York Public Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/wondrous-complexity-new-york-public-library-one-americas-largest-180965131/A new documentary captures the sweeping human impact of one of the country's largest library systemsThu, 05 Oct 2017 14:57:42 +0000How the American Women Codebreakers of WWII Helped Win the Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-women-codebreakers-wwii-helped-win-war-180965058/A new book documents the triumphs and challenges of more than 10,000 women who worked behind the scenes of wartime intelligenceThu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Thought Lost to History, These Rare, Early Films Survived Thanks to a Crafty Showman and a Savvy Collectorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thought-lost-history-these-rare-early-films-survived-thanks-crafty-showman-and-savvy-collector-180965112/A new documentary focuses on the incredible story of Frank BrintonWed, 04 Oct 2017 12:54:25 +0000Are Blade Runner’s Replicants “Human”? Descartes and Locke Have Some Thoughtshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-blade-runners-replicants-human-descartes-and-locke-have-some-thoughts-180965097/Enlightenment philosophers asked the same questions about what makes humans, humans as we see in the cult classicTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:55:32 +0000Inside the Founding Fathers’ Debate Over What Constituted an Impeachable Offense https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-founding-fathers-debate-over-what-constituted-impeachable-offense-180965083/If not for three sparring Virginia delegates, Congress’s power to remove a president would be even more limited than it already isMon, 02 Oct 2017 12:25:26 +0000One Hundred Years Later, the Tense Realism of Edgar Degas Still Captivateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/100-years-later-tense-realism-edgar-degas-still-captivates-180965050/For this groundbreaking artist, greatness was always one more horizon awayFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:50:21 +0000What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-ever-happened-to-russian-revolution-180964768/We journey through Vladimir Putin’s Russia to measure the aftershocks of the political explosion that rocked the world a century agoThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:04:41 +0000A Rainbow Shines Anew in National Portrait Gallery's Iconic George Washington Portrait https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rainbow-shines-anew-national-portrait-gallerys-iconic-george-washington-portrait-180965043/A glistening Lansdowne Portrait refresh harkens the reopening of "America's Presidents" Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How the 1918 Flu Pandemic Revolutionized Public Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1918-flu-pandemic-revolutionized-public-health-180965025/Mass death changed how we think about illness, and government's role in treating itWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:49:25 +0000Tom Brokaw’s Journey From Middle America to the World Stagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tom-brokaws-journey-middle-america-world-stage-180965021/The history-making path of the former NBC Nightly News anchor is honored with a Smithsonian Lewis and Clark compassWed, 27 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Doctors Once Prescribed Terrifying Plane Flights to "Cure" Deafnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/doctors-once-prescribed-terrifying-plane-flights-cure-deafness-180965027/Stunt pilots, including a young Charles Lindbergh, took willing participants to the skies for (sometimes) death-defying ridesTue, 26 Sep 2017 16:46:58 +0000