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This Week in History
February 07, 2012
This Week in History
From a political gamble that backfires on one of America's most famous presidents to the attack that would lead to America's first captivity story, so...
Memorial to Honor WWII's Four Chaplains
February 06, 2012
Memorial to Honor WWII's Four Chaplains
On the evening of Feb. 2, 1943, U.S. Army Transport boat Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen, and civilian w...
African American Woman in the  Black History Month Spotlight
February 02, 2012
African American Woman in the Black History Month Spotlight
From Revolutionary War patriot Phillis Wheatley to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks to Poet Laureate Rita Dove, African-American women have been at the...
This Week in History
January 31, 2012
This Week in History
From the first attempt to assassinate a U.S president to the fast food opening that helped end the Cold War, some of the most important events from th...
Meet the presidential candidates who didn't reach the Oval Office
January 30, 2012
Meet the presidential candidates who didn't reach the Oval Office
Over the next few months, we're going to learn more (perhaps more than we'd hoped!) about the men running for president of the United States. And alon...
The War They Really Fought
January 27, 2012
The War They Really Fought
Just two-years after HISTORY brought viewers its Emmy Award-winning documentary WWII in HD, the network has delivered another hit. For those Dail...
Civil War 150th Anniversary
April 11, 2011
Civil War 150th Anniversary
One hundred and fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. At 4:30 a.m., on April 12, 1861, Confederate artillery batteries opened fir...
A New Look at Wright's 'Organic' Architecture
April 07, 2011
A New Look at Wright's 'Organic' Architecture
  The Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Talie...
What Took Place This Week in History?
April 05, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From the assassination of a civil rights leader to the end of a gruesome battle to a historic home run, some of the most important events from this we...
An Enterprising Colony
April 04, 2011
An Enterprising Colony
The American dream was born along the banks of the James River in Virginia. The settlers who established the first permanent English colony at Jamesto...
365 Days in the Wild West
March 31, 2011
365 Days in the Wild West
  Travel back in time to the American Old West and visit the booming frontier towns that became th...
What Took Place This Week in History?
March 29, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From an assassination attempt to a $7.2 million land grab to a grass-roots movement, some of the most important events from this week in history: ...
At Home in Old Kentucky
March 28, 2011
At Home in Old Kentucky
  Daniel Boone might not recognize today's Kentucky, but he'd feel right at home when Bardstown, Ky., hosts its ...
Meet the Heroes of the Civil War
March 24, 2011
Meet the Heroes of the Civil War
  One hundred and 50 years after the start of the American Civil War, battlefield leaders on both sides of the c...
What Took Place This Week in History?
March 22, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
March 21, 1965: In the name of African-American voting rights, 3,200 civil rights demonstrators, led by Martin Luther King Jr., began a h...
Not Even Past
March 21, 2011
Not Even Past
  There are many history-related websites, but few bring together a diverse group of historians with internation...
It's a Great Day to be Irish--Even if You're the President!
March 17, 2011
It's a Great Day to be Irish--Even if You're the President!
Everybody's Irish today—even the president. In fact, nearly half of all U.S. presidents claim some Irish lineage. While Joh...
What Took Place This Week in History?
March 15, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
What Took Place This Week in History? From a parade decked in green to the birth of a genius to a contr...
Hercules of the American Revolution
March 14, 2011
Hercules of the American Revolution
"Without him, we would have lost two crucial battles, perhaps the war, and with it our freedom. He [Peter Francisco] was truly a one-man army." — Gen....
A Story for the Ages--For ALL Ages
March 10, 2011
A Story for the Ages--For ALL Ages
It's never too early to start learning history. Why, after all, should all the fun be limited to grownups? In Fort Mose and...
Enter the Inaugural Living History Sweepstakes
March 08, 2011
Enter the Inaugural Living History Sweepstakes
  The editors at Living History are all about keeping you informed about breaking history news, upcoming museum ...
What Took Place This Week in History?
March 07, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From an iconic board game to the birth of a mustang to the world's first ironclad naval battle, some of the most important events from this week in hi...
What Took Place This Week in History?
March 01, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From the birth of a grassroots peace organization to the establishment of America's "first national park" to a hoopster's 100-point game, some of the ...
Exhibit Celebrates Harlem's Apollo Theater
February 28, 2011
Exhibit Celebrates Harlem's Apollo Theater
From its origins as a segregated burlesque hall to its starring role at the epicenter of African-American entertainment and American pop culture, Harl...
African Burial Ground is a Sacred Space
February 24, 2011
African Burial Ground is a Sacred Space
It's no surprise that surprising things might turn up when excavating for a new building. But this discovery went far beyond "unexpected." ...
Set Sail on a Historical Caribbean Cruise
February 23, 2011
Set Sail on a Historical Caribbean Cruise
  Want to get away from the winter cold and immerse yourself in history at the same time? The History Channel Cl...
The Miracle on Ice
February 22, 2011
The Miracle on Ice
  In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, 31 years ago today the underdog United States hockey te...
Presidential Fun Facts
February 17, 2011
Presidential Fun Facts
  For more than 200 years, U.S. presidents and their families have resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washin...
The Beginnings of Tiffany & Co.
February 15, 2011
The Beginnings of Tiffany & Co.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend ... especially if they come inside the little blue box made famous by Tiffany & Co., one of the most famous jewe...
The Working White House
February 14, 2011
The Working White House
  They were maids, cooks, butlers, doormen, electricians, and all the people who kept the nation's most famous h...
Exhibit Explores Interracial Ties
February 10, 2011
Exhibit Explores Interracial Ties
  The relationship between American Indians and African Americans is complex and little understood. But in fact ...
A Star is Born
February 08, 2011
A Star is Born
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." — James Dean Today, February 8, marks the birth of James Dean (Feb. 8, 1931), w...
Public Helps Choose Recipient of Prestigious American Service Award
February 07, 2011
Public Helps Choose Recipient of Prestigious American Service Award
As the Boy Scouts of America begin their second century, four Scouts from around the country have been nominated for the prestigious American Spirit A...
Exploring the History of the Marine Corps
February 03, 2011
Exploring the History of the Marine Corps
Tell it to the Marines, nothing. This time, they're telling it to you. In its first publication, the National Museum of the...
They Call Me Doc
February 01, 2011
They Call Me Doc
Most people recognize legendary Old West gunfighter John Henry "Doc" Holliday from actor Val Kilmer's unforgettable depiction of him in the 1993 motio...
An Extraordinary Life
January 31, 2011
An Extraordinary Life
  To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth in 2009, the Smithsonian's National Museum of ...
To Touch the Face of God
January 27, 2011
To Touch the Face of God
  Jan. 28, 1986, was a typically bright-blue—if unusually cold—morning in Florida when the space shuttle Challen...
Celebrate Black History Month
January 25, 2011
Celebrate Black History Month
  February is Black History Month and HISTORY, The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administra...
Revisit Reagan's Silver Screen Triumphs
January 24, 2011
Revisit Reagan's Silver Screen Triumphs
It might have seemed improbable at one time that a movie actor would also have the chops to become president. But Ronald Reagan more than pulled it of...
History is Served
January 20, 2011
History is Served
Have you ever wondered what breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus might have looked like had you lived 200 or 300 years ago? Well, there's one thing we k...
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
January 18, 2011
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
  Hard times hardly seem like they'd inspire artistic expression. Then again, have you watched The Grapes of Wra...
Help Make the Dream Come True
January 17, 2011
Help Make the Dream Come True
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired men and women, young and old, in the United States and around the world. And today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ...
Hall of Fame Celebrates 75 Years
January 13, 2011
Hall of Fame Celebrates 75 Years
We're looking out the window right now—nearly two feet of snow covers the ground and the temperature is 8 degrees—and visions of baseball are dancing ...
Middle Passages
January 11, 2011
Middle Passages
Middle Passages Between 1501 and 1867, the transatlantic slave trade claimed an estimate...
Save Some Time and Learn from Others
January 10, 2011
Save Some Time and Learn from Others
If we really learn from our mistakes, shouldn't most of us be nearly geniuses by now? Maybe we're just having a hard time with the "learning" part. ...
New Views from Mount Vernon
January 06, 2011
New Views from Mount Vernon
He remains one of the most fascinating and important figures in American history, yet he is also one of the most difficult to get to know. We instantl...
The South Secedes
January 04, 2011
The South Secedes
  Once South Carolina bolted from the Union the preceding December, it was almost a fait accompli that other Sou...
Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History
January 03, 2011
Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History
  Examining a historic artifact helps answer questions about its own history. What is it? When was it made? Wher...
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