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.

Australia Faced Ruthless Birds During the Great Emu War

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

These Gifts Will Make History at Your Next Holiday Gathering

Need help shopping for a history buff? These holiday gift ideas are sure to delight.

Test of the Torpedoes: The Battle of Tassafaronga

This WWII battle has been called one of the worst naval defeats in U.S. history.

7 Remarkable War Memorials in England

These striking monuments pay tribute to those who served.

The Real Pocahontas Behind Disney's Myth

Pop culture depictions have romanticized this historical figure.

Alchemy Was the Marketing Scheme of the Medieval World

Wealthy people were eager to believe the discipline's bold claims.

Chaos Reigned During the 1814 Burning of Washington

The storming of the capital during the War of 1812 led to destruction.

7 Sieges That Lasted Way Too Long

These years-long conflicts were grueling for everyone involved.

The California Gold Rush Redefined the Old West

The hunt for riches brought 300,000 settlers to the territory.

French Knight Gilles de Rais Inspired the Folktale “Bluebeard”

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

The Obscure Origins of Halloween

Discover the rich history behind this spooky holiday.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell Has Died at Age 84

He was the first Black man to hold the position, amid a long and impactful career as a soldier and statesman.

Alaska Day and the History Behind the 49th State

When and how did this far-flung territory become part of the United States?

What Happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke?

Dive into one of history's greatest mysteries. 

Simon the Cat Won a Dickin Medal for His Royal Navy Service

This four-legged friend prowled the decks of the HMS Amethyst, where he was present for the Yangtze Incident.

The Controversial History of America's Company Towns

Are they really as utopian as their proponents claim?

8 Intriguing Facts About the Mona Lisa

Learn more about the history of the enigmatic portrait.