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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.

How American GIs Brought Spam to the World

The canned meat gained popularity during WWII and evolved into a cultural icon.

10 Funniest Royal Names

From Constantine the Dung-Named to Charles the Bald.

The Mathematician Who Saved Hundreds of Flight Crews

This Jewish refugee took a different approach to armoring planes.

The Romanov Family Beyond the Royal Tragedy: 10 Facts You May Not Know

The Romanovs' historical relevance goes far beyond a midnight execution.

James A. Garfield and William McKinley: The Other Assassinated Presidents

Their deaths are less talked about than Lincoln and Kennedy, but no less important.

The Pueblo Revolt Quashed Spanish Influence in New Mexico

The 1680 rebellion drove the Spaniards out of the province for 12 years.

What Happened During the Great Chicago Fire?

An enduring myth posits that a cow was to blame.

6 Fascinating Coups That Have Shaken the World

Sudden and illegal seizures of power have the capacity to change world history.

10 Famous Speeches That Shaped History

These powerful speeches continue to linger in the public imagination.

The Last Witchcraft Trial in the U.S.

Nearly 200 years after the original Salem witch trials, the same town saw allegations resurface.

5 Royal Figures Who Were Assassinated

These tragic murders reverberated throughout their kingdoms.

Wyatt’s Rebellion Nearly Upended the English Monarchy

Politician Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger sought to overthrow Mary I.

14 Medieval Torture Devices and Methods That Date Back to the Ancient World

From the heretic's fork to being eaten alive by insects, these grisly old torture methods prove that humans have always been brutal.

What We Know About Uncontacted Peoples

These tribes have spurned contact with the modern outside world.

Violet Jessop: The Queen of Sinking Ships

Having survived deadly disasters at sea, she was known as "Miss Unsinkable".