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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.

The German Peasants’ War: A Bloody 16th-Century Uprising

Fed up with their working conditions, the serfs rebelled en masse.

The Chimp That Was Launched Into Space

Ham the Astrochimp, as he came to be called, paved the way for human spaceflight.

The Importance of FDR’s Fireside Chats

These evening radio addresses revolutionized the relationship between the president and the American people.

The Bold Life of Nellie Bly, Journalist and Adventurer

Her many achievements include pioneering a new kind of investigative journalism.

The Seven Years’ War Was the First Truly Global Conflict

Britain and France battled for world supremacy, drawing in numerous other nations.

3 Infamous Pretenders to the Throne

These may be the strangest cases of claims to power.

This Female Coder Wrote the Apollo Project by Hand

Margaret Hamilton oversaw MIT's groundbreaking Software Engineering Division.

The Harrowing Ordeal of the Essex, the Ship That Was Sunk by a Whale

This terrifying wreck, and its cannibalistic aftermath, inspired Moby Dick.

The 8 Best Drunk History Episodes

A funny, irreverent series you won't regret binging.

9 Essential Facts About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Read up on the surprise military strike that catapulted America into WWII.

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.