History of Now
A Not-So-Brief History of British Coronations
Ahead of Charles III’s ceremony, here's what you need to know about the origins and evolution of the centuries-old tradition
A Brief History of the Mug Shot
Police have been using the snapshots in criminal investigations since the advent of commercial photography
When President Ulysses S. Grant Was Arrested for Speeding in a Horse-Drawn Carriage
The sitting commander in chief insisted the Black police officer who cited him not face punishment for doing his duty
Who Gets to Tell the Story of Ancient Egypt?
On the eve of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, some of the country's artifacts, from the Rosetta Stone to the bust of Nefertiti, remain overseas
A Brief History of Silent Protests
Activists in China are using blank sheets of paper to speak out against the country's draconian zero-Covid policies
From a White House Wedding to a Pet Snake, Alice Roosevelt's Escapades Captivated America
Theodore Roosevelt's eldest daughter won the public's adoration with her rebellious antics
The Origins of the Term 'Affirmative Action'
The phrase was first used in early 20th-century employment laws
The 20th-Century History of Anti-Semitic Attacks on Jewish Politicians
Russian rhetoric against Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy echoes the language directed toward Jewish leaders in post-WWI Europe
Who Was Norma McCorvey, the Woman Behind Roe v. Wade?
Dubbed "Jane Roe," McCorvey sought an abortion after becoming pregnant in 1969 but was thwarted by Texas' restrictive reproductive laws
What You Need to Know About the History of Monkeypox
Mired in misconception, the poxvirus is endemic in certain African countries but was rarely reported in Europe and the U.S. until recently
What Extreme Flooding in Yellowstone Means for the National Park's Gateway Towns
These communities rely almost entirely on tourism for their existence—yet too much tourism, not to mention climate change, can destroy them
A Brief History of Televised Congressional Hearings
From a 1951 investigation into organized crime to the Watergate scandal, the ongoing January 6 hearings are part of a lengthy political tradition
Footage Shows How Daily Life Didn't Change After Chernobyl—and the Cover-Up's Toxic Aftermath
A new documentary shows how the disaster transformed—and endangered—those who lived near the nuclear plant
At a Former Concentration Camp, Holocaust Survivors Draw Parallels Between Nazi and Russian Rhetoric
Speakers at a ceremony marking the liberation of Flossenbürg condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claims of demilitarizing and de-Nazifying Ukraine
In 1973, a Leak at the Supreme Court Broke News of an Imminent Ruling on Roe v. Wade
Nearly 50 years later, a similar disclosure revealed that the court is poised to overturn legalized abortion in the U.S.
Untold Stories of American History
What Happened the Last Time the U.S. Tried to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent?
A 1974 switch to year-round DST proved unpopular, with Americans expressing "distaste" for the long, dark winter mornings
What Happened at Babi Yar, the Ukrainian Holocaust Site Reportedly Struck by a Russian Missile?
During WWII, the Nazis murdered 33,000 Jews at the ravine over just two days. Last week, a strike near the massacre site drew widespread condemnation
The 20th-Century History Behind Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
During WWII, Ukrainian nationalists saw the Nazis as liberators from Soviet oppression. Now, Russia is using that chapter to paint Ukraine as a Nazi nation
What to Know About Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Historic Nomination to the Supreme Court
Jackson, a 51-year-old Harvard graduate and former public defender, would be the first Black woman on the Court
Biden Reverses Trump Order Mandating American-Centric Art in Federal Buildings
The General Services Administration says the change will help represent the diversity of the nation