The Invention of the Guillotine and Its Role in the French Reign of Terror 

The execution device came to be known as a symbol of violent class warfare.

What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

Over 80 years later, the pilot's mysterious disappearance remains unsolved.

In 1900, the Bubonic Plague Struck San Francisco

This infectious disease isn't just a relic of the medieval era.

Beware the Ides of March...

The Roman holiday was marked by religious observances before Julius Caesar's notorious murder.

A Strange and Sticky Tragedy: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Over a century ago, a Boston neighborhood was struck by a most unusual disaster.

16 Movies That Actually Get History (Mostly) Right

These compelling films know their facts.

Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month?

Let's delve into the meaning behind this month-long observance.

The Importance of FDR’s Fireside Chats

These evening radio addresses revolutionized the relationship between the president and the American people.

3 Infamous Pretenders to the Throne

These may be the strangest cases of claims to power.

5 Failed Assassination Attempts That Could Have Changed History

What would the world be like if these plots had worked?

Australia Faced Ruthless Birds During the Great Emu War

The large flightless birds turned out to be a formidable enemy.

6 Graphic Novels for History Buffs

The past comes to life in a vivid new way, thanks to these historical graphic novels.

French Knight Gilles de Rais Inspired the Folktale “Bluebeard”

A veteran of the Hundred Years' War, he earned a chilling legacy later in life.

17 Remarkable Books About the Great Depression

Fascinating stories of courage, corruption, and change emerged from the darkest period of the 20th century.

The Obscure Origins of Halloween

Discover the rich history behind this spooky holiday.

Rediscover the World Around You With 7 Accessible Ethnographies

These eye-opening books shed light on other cultures and communities.

5 Royal Scandals Throughout History

These faux pas tarnished several family names.

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.