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.

France’s Prolific Executioner: The Life and Death of Charles-Henri Sanson

He was one of France's most prolific executioners, having killed nearly 3,000 souls.

The Vanishing Crew of the Carroll A. Deering

The crew and their belongings had disappeared for good.

6 Incredible Death Rituals From Around the World

From Madagascar's turning of the bones to the sky burials of the Tibetan plateau, unearth these unique and captivating funeral rites.

The Vietnam War Docu-Series Premieres on PBS This Weekend

Master documentarian Ken Burns takes on a story that is still struggling to be told.

Abraham Lincoln Penned This True Crime Tale in 1846

Three brothers are accused of murder after an Illinois man vanishes in this sensationalized true crime story penned by Abraham Lincoln.

How the Stratton Brothers Became the First British Killers Busted by a Fingerprint

A thumbprint on a cashbox led police to the murderers—and changed the course of criminal history.

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How the Pinkerton Detectives Took Down Chicago Grave Robbers in 1857

The infamous agency got its start protecting corpses from professional body snatchers.

6 Famous Explorers Who Vanished from the Face of the Earth

They set off into uncharted territory and were never seen again.

10 Most Famous Historical Solar Eclipses

Total solar eclipses are a rare and auspicious event.

9 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.