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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.

Commoners Revolted During the Moscow Salt Riot of 1648

Delve into this uprising of Russian commoners and the salt tax that ignited it.

Two Civil War Soldiers Awarded Medal of Honor for Great Locomotive Chase

It was a daring mission, shrouded in secrecy, imperative for the Union's success.

The Long History of Toxic Cosmetics

From lead-based eyeliner to radium-infused lipstick.

A Battle Entirely Airborne: The Battle of Britain

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

The Complex History of Sportswashing 

Are international sporting events designed to draw attention away from controversial issues facing the world?

Catherine Parr Was King Henry VIII's Last Wife

She's the subject of a new historical film, Firebrand.

9 Inspiring Athletes

These individuals have enacted positive change both on and off the field.

What Happened at Stonewall?

How an unremarkable bar became a historic LGBTQ+ landmark.  

Tun Tavern, Birthplace of the Marine Corps, to Be Rebuilt

While the original Tun Tavern no longer exists, plans to recreate it are underway.

How FDR Became the Only President Elected To Serve Four Terms

Why was Roosevelt allowed to remain in office for 12 years? 

The Romance and the Reality of the Pony Express

Before the USPS, mail was transported on horseback.

The "Madness" of King George III

Britain's longest-reigning male monarch suffered from recurrent bouts of a mysterious illness.

San Pedro Claver: The Slave of the Slaves?

This Jesuit priest is the patron saint of enslaved people, but his legacy is complicated.