History Stories
Academy Award Winners Who Rejected Their Oscars
February 26, 2018

Here’s why three famous winners didn’t take their Oscars home. Read More

How Napoleon Plotted One of History’s Greatest Prison Breaks
February 26, 2018

The French emperor escaped his island prison in plain sight. Read More

This Isn’t the First Time Conspiracy Theorists Have Accused Student Activists of Being ‘Paid Actors’
February 23, 2018

Students were targeted during the Civil Rights movement, too. Read More

The Revolution That Was 1968
February 23, 2018

As simmering political and cultural resentments exploded in 1968, nearly every week produced news of another earth-shattering event. Read More

The 1960 Winter Olympics: Where Underdogs Ruled
February 23, 2018

From the unlikely host city to the first 'Miracle on Ice,' these games were filled with incredible upsets and improbable firsts. Read More

What Makes Vladimir Putin Tick
February 23, 2018

Judo throwdowns. Tiger wrangling. Bare-chested hunting. Why he's so fixated on projecting power. Read More

How the Black Power Protest at the 1968 Olympics Killed Careers
February 22, 2018

When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Summer Games, Australian runner Peter Norman stood by them. It lost him his career. Read More

George Washington’s Hair Found in 18th-Century Almanac
February 22, 2018

The first president’s tresses were a keepsake for the family of Alexander Hamilton. Read More

1950s Lessons in Germ-Fighting from a Giant Bar of Talking Soap
February 21, 2018

Although soap was invented thousands of years ago, health educators in the 1950s were still trying to find creative ways to get kids to actually use it. Read More

Only Known Boxing Gloves From Roman Empire Discovered
February 21, 2018

The leather gloves survived because they were buried under concrete. Read More