How Ivan the Terrible Earned His Nickname

The Russian tsar had a fearsome reputation.

The Cult of the Supreme Being: A New Religion in Revolutionary France

The French Revolution left fertile ground for a new approach to religion.

The Most Bizarre Historical Folk Remedies

Each of these so-called cures is stranger than the last.

6 Historical Political Cartoons That Capture the Hopes and Fears of the Past

These satirical drawings reveal the debates that dominated bygone eras.

Betsy Ross: How the Seamstress Became an Enduring Symbol of American Patriotism

She's said to have created the first American flag, but the real story is more complicated.

Coco Chanel’s Legacy, From Iconic Fashion Designer to Nazi Collaborator

The famed businesswoman had direct ties to Hitler’s intelligence agency.

The History Behind Strange Sayings

Idioms make up a huge part of our day-to-day language. But where do they come from?

8 Entertaining and Informative YouTube History Channels

The video-sharing site has content for every kind of history buff.

5 Unusual Holidays Inspired by History

These celebrations are rooted in the past.

10 Everyday Objects that Doubled as Real Spy Gadgets

These historical gadgets could be smuggled right under the enemy's nose.

10 Ancient Battles That Shook Civilizations

From brilliant victories to unpredictable military upsets, these conflicts stunned the ancient world.

5 Bloodthirsty Monarchs Who Slayed Their Way to the Throne

Nothing could stand in the way of these rulers' ambitions—not even their own families.

The Unbelievable Tales of History’s Most Unlikely Victories

These three battles shaped the fate of the world—especially because their results were so shocking.

WWI Nurse Edith Cavell Sacrificed Her Life to Save Hundreds of Soldiers

On October 12, 1915, Cavell was executed for her part in helping over 200 Allied soldiers escape Belgium.

A Secret City in Tennessee Powered the Manhattan Project

Oak Ridge, established in 1942, was a key production site of uranium during World War II that fed the labs in Los Alamos.