The Gregorian calendar — used by most of the world — was introduced to fix errors in the Julian calendar mostly having to do with leap years.
For decades, an enigmatic inscription in a rock on a French beach defied translation. But experts finally decoded the puzzling text.
The British Library has digitized a 15th-century manners book for children, including advice against nose picking, burping and being too greedy around cheese.
A 3,000-year-old temple, built by the Canaanites around the time of the ancient Israelite invasion, has been unearthed in southern Israel.
On Feb. 23, 1945, six Marines raised the U.S. flag over the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Their photo is one of the most iconic images of World War II.
For centuries, we plundered the ocean's depths, hauling up whales by the thousands. But what was the purpose of this dangerous and destructive industry?
A tomb that was buried thousands of years ago and revered by ancient Romans as the resting place of their city's mythical founder Romulus has now been rediscovered beneath the Forum in Rome.
During a pivotal World War II battle, three U.S. aircraft and their seven crewmen were lost at sea. The planes were recently located in a lagoon in the Pacific Ocean.
Archaeologists have found 83 graves filled with the bones and artifacts of ancient Egyptians, not too far from the Mediterranean Sea.
Fought on a tiny volcanic island 75 years ago, this brutal clash between American and Japanese forces defined the horror of the Pacific theater.
New analysis of a mass grave in medieval England reveals a bleak glimpse of a community overwhelmed by the Black Death.
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