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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.

A Missing Tuskegee Airman's Remains Were Identified After 74 Years

Captain Lawrence Dickson was just 24 when his red-tailed P-51 Mustang fighter was downed in 1944. 

10 Best War Podcasts for Every Military History Buff

These engaging listens will transport you to the front lines.

The Last American Troop Killed in WWII Died After the War Ended

Tragically, one last American life was lost between the announcement of Japan's surrender and the signing of the document.

Night Witches: The Fierce, All-Female Soviet Fighter Pilots of WWII

They flew their first mission in June 1942—and quickly developed a reputation for deadly precision.

This Soldier Took Out a Pillbox Using only One Small Bomb and a Combat Knife

His heroic act silenced seven enemy machine guns and captured 25 German troops.

James Wilkinson: The Man Who Double-Crossed the Founders of America

The notorious statesman's ability to get out of tight pinches while benefitting himself is beyond compare.

Unbreakable: How Navajo Code Talkers Helped Win WWII

A group of Navajo men came together in the 1940s to create an unbreakable military code.

This World War I Legionnaire Wrote "I Have a Rendezvous with Death"

Seeger's prophetic verse was published posthumously, after he fell at the Battle of the Somme. 

Lysander Spooner: The Man Who Took on the U.S. Postal Service—and Won

The American Mail Company successfully forced the U.S. Post to bring down its postal rates.

9 Best Civil War Movies

These gripping films illuminate one of American history's darkest chapters.

Léo Major: The "One-Eyed Ghost" Who Single-Handedly Liberated a Dutch Town

Major went above and beyond the call of duty in World War II and the Korean War.

10 Dramatic Battles in American History

From the Battle of Gettysburg to the Second Battle of Fallujah, these conflicts will never be forgotten.

The Earliest-Born American to Be Photographed Is Also a Veteran

In 1852, at age 103, Revolutionary War veteran Conrad Heyer sat down to have his picture taken.