History Archive
13 June 2014, 07:07 PM ET
The virus HSV-2 likely made the jump from chimp ancestors to the ancestors of modern humans about 1.6 million years ago, according to a new study.
12 June 2014, 09:27 AM ET
Today, the words "Friday the 13th" just roll off the tongue, instinctively linked to bad luck, strange happenings and a hockey-masked murderer. But how did the superstition come to exist?
11 June 2014, 09:41 AM ET
An upcoming Christie's auction will offer up a Sherlock Holmes manuscript, J.D. Salinger correspondence, a microchip prototype built for Nobel Prize-winning Jack Kilby and several fine-printed books and manuscripts.
11 June 2014, 09:07 AM ET
On June 19, 2014, Christie's will hold its "Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana" auction, which will offer up a Sherlock Holmes manuscript, J.D. Salinger correspondence, a microchip built for Nobel Prize-winning Jack Kilby.
10 June 2014, 05:07 PM ET
Desertion has never been higher since 1971, when more than 33,000 soldiers deserted.
10 June 2014, 10:47 AM ET
A nearly 300-year-old Stradivarius violin found in the closet of a reclusive American copper mining heiress is up for auction this week in New York City. The precious violin could fetch between $7.5 million and $10 million.
10 June 2014, 09:09 AM ET
A team of archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered a council house dating back about 700 years with altars, incense burners and sculpted images of animals.
10 June 2014, 08:57 AM ET
Researchers have discovered a 700-year-old Mayan council house in Guatemala, along with sculpted works of art, such as incense burner showing the head of Itzamna, a deity who was the shaman of the Mayan gods.
09 June 2014, 02:50 PM ET
The U.S. Navy, in partnership with the Indonesian Navy, is planning to dive to the sunken USS Houston, a World War II-era shipwreck, later this month, according to Navy officials.
07 June 2014, 02:37 AM ET
If people choose not to "believe" in a reality as documented as the Holocaust, should society be surprised that there is debate about the established facts of science?
06 June 2014, 02:58 AM ET
The Vandals were a “barbarian” Germanic people who sacked Rome. The name has become a synonym for destruction.
04 June 2014, 02:50 PM ET
The National Park Service is launching a study to identify and commemorate sites and events important to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.
04 June 2014, 01:22 PM ET
When art conservators in the United Kingdom were cleaning a 17th-century Dutch seascape, they found a surprise: an image of a beached whale that had been hidden for at least 150 years.
04 June 2014, 11:01 AM ET
The 1935 Nobel Prize in physics awarded to English scientist James Chadwick for his discovery of the neutron was sold at auction this week for $329,000.
04 June 2014, 10:16 AM ET
In 1947, a crash landing left wreckage from a U.S. Army plane frozen in time on northwest Greenland's remote ice sheets. A new image, released by NASA's Earth Observatory, shows the remains of the B-29 Superfortress plane, named Kee Bird.
03 June 2014, 03:32 PM ET
In honor of this month's 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, pilots from Britain's Royal Air Force recreated the first images taken of the fateful landings on the beaches of Normandy by their counterparts during World War II.
03 June 2014, 11:55 AM ET
A new analysis of the yellowing of an ancient portrait by Leonardo da Vinci has assessed the level of damage to the masterpiece, which could help preservationists save the work.
03 June 2014, 11:18 AM ET
Alan Alda's play brings Einstein's love life to the stage: It was messy, complicated, and sometimes ethically questionable.
03 June 2014, 08:12 AM ET
The 1935 Nobel Prize awarded to English physicist James Chadwick for his discovery of the neutron will be offered at Tuesday morning (June 3).
02 June 2014, 07:55 AM ET
A popular menu item at delis and restaurants in North America, pastrami is a brisket (or other cut) of beef that has been cured in a mixture of sugar, spices and garlic and then smoked before cooking.
31 May 2014, 03:23 AM ET
In many ways, the history of civilization is the history of chemistry. Humans have always sought to identify, use and change the materials in our environment.
30 May 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Tough and tiny zircon crystals have ruled out another volcano as the source of ash used to make Maya pottery, deepening this long-running archaeological mystery.
30 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
Construction is underway in London's Battersea neighborhood for the new U.S. Embassy. But long before the site was set aside for diplomacy, it may have been a caveman campground.
30 May 2014, 08:42 AM ET
The Navy is in the process of re-cataloguing its historical collections. Photos of many artifacts, including a gold-plated AK-47 and a Vietcong sandal, are now viewable online.
30 May 2014, 08:40 AM ET
The Naval History and Heritage Command is photographing almost all of its archives and putting images of many items online, including weapons dating back to the 17th century, experimental guns and a gold-plated AK-47.
29 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Shakespeare called him a hunchback, but a 3D model of Richard III's spine shows he had adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. While the condition caused one of his shoulders to sit higher than the other, it likely didn't lead to a limp or breathing problems.
29 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Richard III of England had scoliosis, a condition in which the spine curves abnormally. New three-dimensional models based on the king's recently rediscovered skeleton show the details of the king's anatomy.
29 May 2014, 03:03 AM ET
Nikola Tesla is often called one of history’s most important inventors, one whose discoveries in the field of electricity were way ahead of his time.
29 May 2014, 02:48 AM ET
The Goths sacked Rome in A.D. 410, but they also helped preserve Roman culture.
28 May 2014, 09:43 AM ET
Newly analyzed artifacts and a 200-year-old journal reveal the remarkable tale of the first American citizen to enter China's Forbidden City and meet the emperor.
27 May 2014, 08:02 PM ET
New, digitally enhanced images from Angkor Wat revealed amazingly detailed murals of elephants, gods, boats, musical instruments and horses. The wall paintings are invisible to the naked eye.
27 May 2014, 08:01 PM ET
Digitally enhanced images revealed hidden paintings on the walls of Angkor Wat, the famous ancient temple in Cambodia.