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Modern History Stories

So much has happened in the past decade alone, but what got us here? Humanity has evolved in so many ways in the modern era. From the Industrial Revolution to the invention of the iPhone, from the Space Race to SpaceX, from last century's influenza pandemic to Covid-19, there’s a lot to cover. These stories attempt to recount how we’ve gotten to where we are and the rapid change that took place within the last few centuries.

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Violet Jessop: The Queen of Sinking Ships

Having survived deadly disasters at sea, she was known as "Miss Unsinkable".

What Really Happened in Roswell, New Mexico?

It's the birthplace of an enduring alien legend.

What Is Juneteenth and Why Is It Important?

Discover the cultural celebration behind the historic anniversary.

What Lies Beneath: The Deadly Mystery of the Oak Island Money Pit

Is there treasure buried beneath this craggy Nova Scotia isle?

Remembering Legendary Sports Writer Roger Angell

The late author was known for his essays on baseball, reflections on aging, and so much more.

6 Fascinating Constitutional Crises Throughout History

These political challenges have questioned the legitimacy of various governments.

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

Now a major motion picture starring Colin Firth, Operation Mincemeat involved a corpse, a fake fiancée, and the successful invasion of Sicily.

Toussaint Louverture: Self-Freed Slave and Hero of the Haitian Revolution

In 1791, the people of Haiti rose up against their oppressors.

5 Overturned Supreme Court Cases That Changed History

Justices have reversed course numerous times throughout the years.

The Invention of the Guillotine and Its Role in the French Reign of Terror 

The execution device came to be known as a symbol of violent class warfare.

8 Eye-Opening Books About Modern History

These captivating reads explore rapid change and monumental shifts.

What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

Over 80 years later, the pilot's mysterious disappearance remains unsolved.

The Remarkable Life of Abba Kovner, the Holocaust Survivor Who Sought Revenge

He was one of the first to recognize the Nazis were committing genocide.

15 Books About Fascinating First Ladies

The new Showtime series The First Lady has piqued our interest in the lives of these remarkable women.