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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.

In 1708, the Spanish Galleon San José Sank—And So Did Its Treasure

Somewhere off the coast of Colombia, a treasure worth billions lies on the ocean floor.

This Civil War Amputee Led the First Expedition Through the Grand Canyon

Learn about the eventful life of John Wesley Powell—professor, Civil War veteran, and explorer of the American West. 

The Wager Mutiny, an 18th-Century Sensation

The shipwreck and mutiny was followed by a court martial.

5 Historical Mystics Who Embraced Occultism

These leaders looked outside science and established religion for answers.

Independence Day Traditions Around the World

Discover how different countries celebrate the day they gained freedom.

The Mysterious Execution of Mussolini

As his dictatorship came crumbling down, he was captured while trying to flee the country.

Annie Oakley, the Larger-Than-Life Sharpshooter

She led a remarkable life as a traveling performer.

Pompeii’s Graffiti Gives Us Insight Into Ancient Rome

From ancient walls to social media, humans have always had something to say.

Why the Air Force Bombed Montana During World War II

They were actually coming to a small town's rescue.

The History of Museums, from "Cabinets of Curiosity" to Today

As our understanding of history has evolved, so has the way we learn about it.

John Dillinger: The Robin Hood of the Great Depression

The 1930s gangster became the media's favorite antihero.

8 Powerful Queens in History Who Were Worthy of the Crown

Everyone should know the stories of these legendary women.

The Disastrous 1904 Olympic Marathon

The runners were plagued by high heat, dusty roads, wild dogs, and rat poison.