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This Week in History
December 29, 2013
This Week in History
From a tragic plane crash that claimed one of the all-time great ballplayers to the signing of a proclamation that changed the world, some of the most...
This Week in History
September 10, 2013
This Week in History
From a speech from ground zero to the opening of a memorable (if bumpy) national highway, some important events from this week in history.  ...
History in the News
September 09, 2013
History in the News
From the publication of classified documents linked to a mysterious military base to the release of the last batch of secret presidential recordings, ...
September 05, 2013
It "Didn't Go Off!"
  For eight years, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme floated on the periphery of murder and mayhem as a member of the Charles Manson Family...
Chaos Erupts in Chicago
August 26, 2013
Chaos Erupts in Chicago
  Heading into the 1968 Democratic National Convention, it was a perfect storm. It began with Lyndon Johnson, whose decision not to seek ...
The Debate Over Free Trade
August 12, 2013
The Debate Over Free Trade
  On Aug. 12, 1992, 10 days of negotiation concerning free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico came to an end. In December, t...
Get Me Moscow!
June 19, 2013
Get Me Moscow!
  First and foremost, although it has been portrayed in numerous films and television shows, there is no "red phone" linking the W...
This Week in History
April 30, 2013
This Week in History
From the dedication of one of America's most epic structures to the outbreak of a riot in the "City of Angels," some important events fr...
"Today we make the Declaration a reality..."
February 25, 2013
"Today we make the Declaration a reality..."
  In 1868, during Reconstruction, Hiram Rhodes Revels, a black minister who had been born into freedom in Fayetteville, N.C., was elected al...
This Week in History
February 12, 2013
This Week in History
From the beginning of an epic journey that would end in martyrdom to a meeting that would divide part of a continent, some of the most important event...
A Founding--Almost Everything
January 17, 2013
A Founding--Almost Everything
Dr. Benjamin Franklin, one of our country's Founding Fathers was one of the primary architects of the U.S. government and a true Renaissance Man. ...
HISTORY's 8-Part Guide to the Presidents
January 14, 2013
HISTORY's 8-Part Guide to the Presidents
"My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any differenc...
The History Behind Inauguration Day
January 10, 2013
The History Behind Inauguration Day
  On Jan. 21 Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States for a second time. The Constitution requires only t...
Celebrate America's Constitution with Us!
September 17, 2012
Celebrate America's Constitution with Us!
  Children around America will spend today learning about the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms it protects. It's the law, after all. ...
Never Forget
September 11, 2012
Never Forget
  It has been 11 years but many of us can still recall it vividly: The horror of waking to the World Trade Center towers aflame; the tearful...
Republicans gather in Tampa for official nomination
August 27, 2012
Republicans gather in Tampa for official nomination
  Although the presumed GOP presidential candidate is a foregone conclusion, with former Gov. Mitt Romney having accumulated enough delegate...
This Week in History
June 19, 2012
This Week in History
From an arrest that brought down a president to the arrival of one of America's most cherished monuments, some of the most interesting events from thi...
This Week in History
June 12, 2012
This Week in History
From the smashing of an "unbreakable" barrier to the birth of a legendary coach, some of the most interesting events from this week in history: ...
This Week in History
June 05, 2012
This Week in History
From a shocking massacre to a heroic amphibious assault, some of the most interesting events from this week in history. ...
Alger Hiss: Why he Chose Treason
May 31, 2012
Alger Hiss: Why he Chose Treason
Although he was one of the most notable spies in American history, Alger Hiss—Harvard Law graduate, clerk to a famous Supreme Court justice, noted int...
THis Week in History
May 01, 2012
THis Week in History
From the birth of the American presidency to one of the most famous weddings in history, some of the most interesting events from this week in history...
Newseum explores media on the campaign trail
April 30, 2012
Newseum explores media on the campaign trail
  The presidential election is heating up, and, as they are every four years, battle lines between candidates ...
This Week in History
February 28, 2012
This Week in History
From the kidnapping heard around the world to an Oscar bonanza, some interesting events from this week in history: &#...
This Week in History
February 21, 2012
This Week in History
From an Olympic miracle in New York to the historic battlefield snapshot that came to symbolize American courage, some of the most important events fr...
This Week in History
February 14, 2012
This Week in History
From the first score in a legendary bank robbing career to the fulfillment of a sacred promise, some of the most important events from this week in hi...
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...
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...
This Week in History
January 24, 2012
This Week in History
From the death of an infamous gangster to a revolutionary breakthrough in frosty brewed beverages, some of the most important events from this week in...
Join the Club and Save
January 19, 2012
Join the Club and Save
Membership in The History Channel Club offers a selection of benefits, not least of which is a members-only discount at the HISTORY Shop. Whether y...
This Week in History
January 17, 2012
This Week in History
From the birth of one of the greatest American minds to the kickoff of a presidential campaign doomed to fail, some of the most interesting events fro...
This Week in History
January 10, 2012
This Week in History
From the flight of a religious leader to a turning point in one of America's richest industries, some interesting events from this week in history: ...
This Week in History
January 03, 2012
This Week in History
From the launching of a little known ship with a hopeless mission to an infamous attack caught on video that stunned the world, some of the most impor...
This Week in History
December 06, 2011
This Week in History
From the most infamous day in America's history to the political ascendency of one of the nation's cherished leaders, some important events from this ...
This Week in History
November 29, 2011
This Week in History
From the birth of history's most controversial commission to the jailing of a civil rights icon, some of the most fascinating events from this week in...
This Week in History
November 22, 2011
This Week in History
From the gruesome death of a legendary pirate to the Florida announcement that sent the world into a frenzy, some of the most important events from th...
This Week in History
November 09, 2011
This Week in History
From the political ascendency of an American hero to the death of one of the Old West's most notorious gunfighters, some of the most important events ...
This Week in History
November 01, 2011
This Week in History
From a historic election triumph to a monumental verdict, some of the most important events from this week in history: ...
A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President
October 27, 2011
A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President
With fall fleeing, it's time to think about what books you'll want to add to your winter reading list. And while it's been on sale for only a month, ...
U.N. Day Celebrates Efforts  Toward World Peace
October 24, 2011
U.N. Day Celebrates Efforts Toward World Peace
Founded in 1945 in the wake of World War II, 51 members of the newly founded United Nations dedicated themselves to maintaining international peace an...
In Search of a Better World
October 20, 2011
In Search of a Better World
Benjamin Franklin was a man who wore many hats: Founding Father, scientist, diplomat, writer, revolutionary, philanthropist, and humorist. For n...
This Week in History
October 18, 2011
This Week in History
From a stunning presidential announcement to the birth of America's most legendary law-enforcement unit, some of the most important events from this w...
What Took Place This Week in History?
October 11, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From a shocking political resignation to the quenching of one of the most destructive disaster's in America's history, some of the most important even...
This Week in History
September 13, 2011
This Week in History
From a shocking assassination during a presidential stop to one of America's most memorable weddings, some of the most important events from this week...
What Took Place This Week in History?
August 30, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From the birth of New York City to the kickoff of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, some of the most important events from this week in history: ...
What Took Place This Week in History?
August 23, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From the birth of New York City to the kickoff of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, some of the most important events from this week in history: ...
In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story
August 18, 2011
In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story
As summer fades away and year's end edges closer, it's not too early to begin thinking about gifts for the holiday season. If you're shopping for a bo...
What Took Place This Week in History?
August 16, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From women's suffrage to an historic military victory, some of the most important events from this week in history: ...
What Took Place This Week in History?
August 09, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From the dropping of the bomb that ended World War II to the evacuation of U.S. ground troops from Vietnam, some of the most important events from thi...
What Took Place This Week in History?
July 26, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From a groundbreaking diplomatic breakthrough to creation of the first official U.S. motto, some of the most important events from this week in histor...
What Took Place This Week in History?
July 12, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From the placing of the capital city to an honor of distinction to child-rearing advice, some of the most important events from this week in history: ...
What Took Place This Week in History?
June 28, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From a worker's holiday to national expansion to an eerie "crash landing," some of the most important events from this week in history: ...
Debate continues to swirl around Lincoln assassination plots
June 27, 2011
Debate continues to swirl around Lincoln assassination plots
Was John Wilkes Booth a Confederate spy? A patsy for a larger Union scheme? Or was he merely a disgruntled Southerner who managed to gather a like-min...
What Took Place This Week in History?
June 21, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From "We the people" to "Custer's Last Stand" to the world's first ocenarium, some of the most important events from this week in history: ...
Study the Civil War Era at Yale
June 16, 2011
Study the Civil War Era at Yale
Didn't make the cut to major in U.S. history at Yale? Not to worry. Now you can attend virtually — without student loans — to achieve more...
What Took Place This Week in History?
May 31, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From the premiere of a popular sitcom to the birth of a cultural icon to the founding of an environmental organization, some of the most important eve...
What Took Place This Week in History?
May 24, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From the 8th wonder of the world to the Buckeye Bullet to a pair of well-known criminals, some of the most important events from this week in history:...
The Birth of Modern Battlefield Medicine
May 19, 2011
The Birth of Modern Battlefield Medicine
One positive outcome of the U.S. Civil War was the development of combat medical care. And that advancement took root right at the beginning, with the...
What Took Place This Week in History?
May 17, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From the birth of a humanitarian organization to a first in female flight to a volcanic eruption, some of the most important events from this week in ...
Ephemeral Film Vault
May 16, 2011
Ephemeral Film Vault
Looking for films relating to United States cultural history and the evolution of our nation? The Prelinger Archives has your back. Founded in New...
What Took Place This Week in History?
May 10, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From a ceremonial "golden" spike to the death of a world-renowned musician to the official march of the United States, some of the most important even...
America's Most Ferocious Warrior
May 09, 2011
America's Most Ferocious Warrior
American Indian leader and medicine man Geronimo (of the Chiricahua Apache tribe) fought against both the United States and Mexico as they encroached ...
What Took Place This Week in History?
May 03, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From bus rides for equality to the birth of "Holly Golightly" to the torpedoing of an ocean liner, some of the most important events from this week in...
Eye-witness to the Civil War
April 28, 2011
Eye-witness to the Civil War
We experience the Civil War only from our perspective of 150 years later. But Mary Chesnut—daughter of a wealthy plantation owner and wife of an aide ...
What Took Place This Week in History?
April 26, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From the "Dawn of a New Day" to "The First Lady of Song" to John Wilkes Booth, some of the most important events from this week in history: ...
Take a Virtual Tour of Colonial Williamsburg
April 25, 2011
Take a Virtual Tour of Colonial Williamsburg
From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg, Va., was the political, social, and cultural capital of Great Britain's largest colony in North America. It was also ...
What Took Place This Week in History?
April 19, 2011
What Took Place This Week in History?
From a devastating earthquake to "the shot heard round the world" to the first commercially successful movie projector, some of the most important eve...
The First Bloodshed of the Civil War
April 18, 2011
The First Bloodshed of the Civil War
Located between the North and South, and strategically near the capitals of Washington and Richmond, Maryland played a pivotal role in the American Ci...
What Took Place: Apollo 13 crisis, the Titanic sinks, and Ben Franklin dies
April 12, 2011
What Took Place: Apollo 13 crisis, the Titanic sinks, and Ben Franklin dies
  What Took Place This Week in History? From "Houston, we've had a problem" to the sinking of the unsinkable to the death of a great statesman,...
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...
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...
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: ...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 ...
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...
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, ...
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...

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