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History

Travel to the past with the best history stories, from Ancient Rome to World War II. The Archive has the history stories you crave, from military sagas to exploring the New World.

Alice Rufie Jordan Blake Was Yale's First Female Graduate

She wanted to attend law school, despite the barriers.

The Battle of Khe Sanh: 77 Days of Combat in Vietnam

The Battle of Khe Sanh was one of the longest and most controversial battles of the Vietnam War. 

The Long and Tangled History Behind 5 Looted Historical Artifacts

Many of them have yet to be returned to their countries of origin.

The Most Successful Submarine Commander Ever Was Captured by the Japanese

The only thing that could stop RADM Richard O’Kane was his own faulty torpedo.

The Insidious Aims of the Nazis' Operation Bernhard

They had a secret plan to forge British bank notes.

15 Little-Known Women's History Month Facts

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating those who made great strides in the name of equality.

The 4 Most Revolutionary Types of Armor Throughout History

These inventive methods of protection may surprise you.

7 Early American Political Scandals 

Now little-known, these incidents once shocked voters.

Anne Lister’s Historic Hike

She ascended the highest French Pyrenees summit, defying preconceived notions about women's athleticism.

Graham Greene’s Spy Career and Its Thrilling Influence on His Work

The author was inspired by his WWII and postwar experiences.

Who Was Saint Valentine? 

The Christian martyr and symbol of love has a murky backstory.

The "Real" Witches of Macbeth

The Weird Sisters in the Scottish play may have been based on real people.

The Germans Had Their Own "Mad General" Who Rode Into Combat in a Kilt

You may have heard of “Mad Jack” Churchill, but the Germans also had a fearsome kilt-wearing soldier.

Sir Walter Raleigh and the Search for El Dorado 

His fascinating life included two stints in the Tower of London.