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.

The Enduring Mysteries of Easter Island

What secrets lie hidden on this isolated island?

Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist, Was Born on February 4, 1913

The woman who sparked the Montgomery bus boycotts was born in Tuskegee.

Clotilda, Final Slave Ship to the United States, May Have Just Been Found off the Coast of Alabama

The schooner, lost since 1860, is the last confirmed ship that brought captives from Africa to the United States.

That Time an Army Officer Tried to Reach the Center of the Earth

He theorized that the Earth was hollow and "stocked with thrifty vegetables and animals if not men."

4 of the Craziest Assassination Attempts in U.S. History

Hollywood spy films have nothing on these real-life assassination plots.

11 Eeriest Unsolved Mysteries of World War II

Ghost trains, unexplained aerial phenomena, and disappeared men still haunt World War II scholars.

6 Strange Military Disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle

“We can’t find west. Everything is wrong. Everything looks strange, even the ocean.”

The Dead Man Who Duped Hitler: The Beyond Bizarre Tale of WWII’s Strangest Operation

Operation Mincemeat involved a corpse, a fake fiancée, and the successful invasion of Sicily.

The French General Who Broke Free from an Inescapable Nazi Prison

The Germans believed their castle prison was inescapable—they were wrong.

7 Infamous Hoaxes That Fooled the World

What’s better than a true story? A story that’s too good to be true.

The Curious Histories Behind 4 Dead or Dying Languages

What secrets lie hidden within these strange symbols?

The Soviet Conspiracy That Nearly Triggered WWIII

Did a Soviet captain sacrifice his ship and crew to divert an apocalyptic scenario?