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Chile's police thwarted Nazi plot to destroy Panama Canal in second world war, declassified files show

Nazi agents in Chile plotted to destroy the Panama Canal around the time of the Second World War, declassified files show, an act that would have changed the "history of the whole world".<p>One lawmaker suggested the documents, which were made public on Thursday by the Chilean equivalent of the FBI, …

South America

Watch: Romans and barbarians fight in live gladiator reenactment

Gladiator fights and battles of Romans and Barbarians will be reenacted in an open-air museum in the outskirts of Moscow, part of a big of the historical festival “Times and Epochs”, which this year is dedicated to Ancient Rome and its neighbours. AP covers the reenactments live.

Were the ancient Egyptians black or white? Scientists now know

Egyptologists, writers, scholars, and others, have argued the race of the ancient Egyptians since at least the 1970’s. Some today believe they were …

Ancient History

H.L. Hunley: More clues uncovered in Civil War submarine | CNN Travel

War

These amazing amateur photos of wrestling superstars from the 1980s are pure WWF gold

Jake’s snake, André’s posse, and Hulk rules everything<p>On March 7, 1989 the El Paso Convention Center was teeming. Wrestling fans had packed the room …

7 People Who Struck Gold By Finding Treasures At The Weirdest Places

Do you remember reading stories of people who found treasures while digging up lands, that instantly made them rich? As kids, many of us dreamt of …

'Unique' network of First World War training tunnels found under Salisbury Plain

A "unique" network of tunnels used to train soldiers to fight in the First World War has been found along with graffiti they scrawled there.<p>Archaeologists working with the Ministry of Defence, which is building hundreds of military homes at Larkhill, Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, made the discovery.<p>…

Archaeology

Archaeologists Need Your Help to Study 100+ Graves in Philadelphia

In 1707, the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, which was less than 10 years old, found a permanent home at a Quaker meeting house on what is now …

Incredible pictures from 3,500-year-old tomb full of mummies discovered in Luxor

On Luxor's west bank, an Egyptian archaeological mission working at Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis has unearthed the funerary collection of a New Kingdom …

Shropshire piano gold coin hoard declared treasure

<b>The largest hoard of gold sovereigns in Britain, found hidden in an old piano, has been declared treasure.</b><p>The discovery was made in Shropshire before Christmas when the piano's new owners had it retuned and repaired.<p>Shrewsbury Coroner's Court decided the find qualified as treasure, which means …

Archaeology

How a California Anesthesiologist Became One of America’s Largest Antiquities Looters

Adoption Of Bow Use In Ancient Hunting May Have Set Off Societal Changes

At a point during human prehistory, hunters' reliance on the spear-thrower, or atlatl, shifted to another kind of weapon — the self-bow.<p>This change happened on multiple continents (though bows never really caught on in Australia, where atlatls tended to yield only later, to firearms).<p>The first bows …

Anthropology

The Pirate Women Who Made Blackbeard Look Like a Joke

A new book reveals the untold history of the ruthless female pirates who terrorized the seven seas.<p>If you're into pirates, you've probably heard of Mary Read and Anne Bonny. The two ruthless corsairs were part of Calico Jack Rackam's crew during the Golden Age of Piracy, a roughly 80-year span from …

‘African Kaiser’: A sweeping military history that reads like a novel

Let me say straight out that if all military histories were as thrilling and well written as Robert Gaudi’s “African Kaiser,” I might give up reading fiction and literary bio­graphy.<p>Anyone interested in 20th-century culture is bound to spend some time thinking about World War I. Yet while most of …

East Africa

Nazis were actual meth heads and history makes so much more sense

Ever wondered what a powerful country in the midst of a meth epidemic might look like under fascist leadership?<p>Turns out there's precedent, and it's …

Carlos The Jackal Faces Another Trial In Paris Over 1974 Attack

Notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal — real name: Ilich Ramirez Sanchez — is in a French court Monday, facing charges related to a deadly attack on a shopping center more than 40 years ago. He is already serving a long prison term for the murders of two French secret agents and a Lebanese …

Terrorism

A town of freed slaves — on Robert E. Lee’s old estate — was destroyed to make Arlington cemetery

Freedman’s Village was a haven for so-called ‘contraband’ people<p>Sojourner Truth was outraged, but her feelings didn’t show in a letter she wrote …

Black History

Archaeologists have found a 26-feet-tall statue from ancient Egypt that may be of Pharaoh Ramses II

Egyptian and German researchers discovered it near the ruins of the ancient city of Heliopolis – now a slum in Cairo.<p>Archaeologists have discovered a …

Ancient History

5 of the worst atrocities carried out by British Empire, after 'historical amnesia' claims

The British people suffer "historical amnesia" over the atrocities committed by their former empire, an Indian MP and author has claimed.<p>Former UN …

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College Football

Ancient humans farmed the Amazon too

They were just way better at it than we are<p>When we think of the Amazon rainforest, we tend to think of one of two things; either a pristine tropical paradise bursting with biodiversity, or a threatened area that’s being devoured for agricultural purposes.<p>The truth, as is so often the case, likely …

Britain has foiled 13 terror plots since 2013, and incidents inspired by ISIS are a 'large part' of the problem

Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, said incidents inspired by the Islamic State group were a "large part" of the problem although Al-Qaeda remained a significant threat, while the far-right was also an issue.<p>He was speaking at the launch of a campaign for more …

The brutal brilliance of Genghis Khan

Yes, he was a ruthless killer, but the Mongol leader was also one of the most gifted military innovators of any age...<p><i>This article was first</i> …

Italians find remains of British soldiers thought to have died in WWII commando raid led by Duke of Wellington

The remains of two British soldiers thought to have been killed in a Second World War commando assault led by a descendant of the Duke of Wellington have been found in Italy.<p>The remains were found near a German stronghold that was nicknamed Pimple Hill by Allied forces, who encountered fierce …

World History

The Zimmermann telegram revealed - archive, 2 March 1917

2 March 1917: In a secret telegram written by German foreign minister, Arthur Zimmermann,Mexico was asked to take sides with Germany against the United States and promised Arizona and Texas as a reward<p><b>A Revelation of Folly</b><br>There comes from Washington to-day about as crushing an exposure of political …

United States

Behold the Erdapfel, the World’s Oldest Surviving Globe

It’s got the beauty, but not the brains.<p>If the world’s oldest surviving globe has taught us anything, it’s that just when we think we’re starting to …

Archaeology

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

College Football

A Dark Time in Denmark's History

An Oscar-nominated film explores possible war crimes in the country after World War II.<p>Had the Allies landed on the Western coast of Denmark on D-Day, the Nazis would have been ready. The German forces had built up the defensive Atlantic Wall, which stretched along the European coast from the top …

Stolen Civil War guns aren't the only historic guns Pennsylvania city is missing

The theft last year of antique guns from the National Civil War Museum in Pennsylvania has sparked another mystery.<p>The stolen guns once belonged to Simon Cameron, who was Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of war and were owned by the city of Harrisburg, Pennlive.com reports. The theft has not been solved.<p>…

Spectacular color photos capture WWII tank crews in training

Tank training at Fort Knox<p>Recruits get their first taste of armored warfare<p>As the mechanized German Army swept through Europe in the early years of …