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.

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

These satirical drawings reveal the debates that dominated bygone eras.

The Most Bizarre Historical Folk Remedies

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

How Hawaii Became a State

The history of Hawaii stretches back much further than its 1959 admittance to the U.S.

A Controversial Attack on Mers-el-Kébir Heightened WWII Tensions

The French fleet posed a difficult problem for British officials.

6 Incredible MasterClass Courses for Lifelong Learners

The world's experts are ready to teach you about anything and everything.

How the Black Death Led to the Peasants' Revolt

England’s 1381 uprising was fueled by unrest in the aftermath of a pandemic.

8 Famous Speeches That Shaped History

These powerful speeches continue to linger in the public imagination.

How the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand Sparked World War I

The Archduke was murdered by a Yugoslav nationalist, setting off an explosive chain of events.

Fourth of July Facts Through History

Separate our celebratory facts from fiction. 

The Sack of Rome Signaled the End of the High Renaissance...

... and a permanent split between Catholicism and budding Protestant religions.

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.

A Mistranslated Peace Treaty Led to the Brutal First Italo-Ethiopian War

What started out as a miscommunication escalated to full-scale conflict.

8 Historical Female Rulers Who Challenged the Status Quo

These incredible women refused to wait on history's sidelines.

WWI Veterans Came Together to Demand Their Bonuses in a 1932 March on Washington

The Bonus Army, abandoned by the government amidst the Great Depression, took matters into their own hands.