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6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Cleopatra

Cleopatra is one of the best-known women in history, famed for her supposed beauty and intellect, and her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark …

Ancient History

In the Forbidden City, being the emperor didn't equate to a life of limitless power or pleasure

Another common misconception is that the emperor routinely feasted on lavish meals. His diet was balanced, but surprisingly plain. Both the Ming and …

Forbidden City

The Latest Ebola Outbreak Is Centered in a War Zone

A cluster of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo — just one week after it declared an end to an outbreak on the other side of the country — is especially worrying because the new infections are in a war zone.<p>Moreover, a new Ebola vaccine that helped defeat the earlier outbreak may not …

Disease

Australian researchers lay bare bloody history of colonial massacres

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of aborigines are estimated to have been murdered in 500 massacres across Australia from European settlement in 1788 until the mid-20th century, researchers said on Friday, as the country continues to struggle with its bloody colonial past.<p>Historians from the University …

Torres Strait Islander

10 facts about the Black Death

The Black Death of October 1347 to c1352 is one of the worst catastrophes in recorded history – a deadly plague that ravaged communities across …

World History

Ebola: How a killer disease was stopped in its tracks

<b>One of the world's deadliest viruses, Ebola kills up to half of those it infects. But despite appearing to have all the hallmarks of a potential epidemic, the latest outbreak developed in a very different way.</b><p>It was the ninth Ebola outbreak to hit the Democratic Republic of Congo in a decade, …

Disease

All you wanted to know about nuclear war but were too afraid to ask

<b>Which countries have nuclear weapons?</b><p>There are nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. Five of these (the US, Russia, the UK, France and China) are members of the official owners club, who made their weapons early and had them legitimised in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signed in …

North Korea

The Capture of Jerusalem, 1099 CE

The capture of Jerusalem from Muslim control was the primary goal of the First Crusade (1095-1102 CE), a combined military campaign organised by …

Ancient History

Rare Coin Sheds Light on Doomed Jewish Rebels

A rare bronze coin, minted in 69-70 CE during the Jewish Revolt, was unearthed in a drainage ditch that runs underneath Rehov Haggai.<p>This past week …

Zoroastrianism - Facts Summary

Zoroaster<p>The prophet Zoroaster (Zarathrustra in ancient Persian) is regarded as the founder of Zoroastrianism. It’s arguably the world’s oldest …

What does the federal government spend your tax dollars on? Social insurance programs, mostly

From Social Security to national parks, a look at long-range trends in federal outlays relative to the U.S. economy

Veterans Benefits

Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital

The priest quickly sliced into the captive's torso and removed his still-beating heart. That sacrifice, one among thousands performed in the sacred …

Archaeology

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Anglo-Saxons

The Anglo-Saxon period lasted from the early fifth century AD to 1066 – after the Romans and before the Normans. But how much do you know about the …

5 Differences Between Communism and Capitalism

Communism, Its Characteristics, Pros, Cons, and Examples<p>What It Is, How It Works, Comparison to Capitalism and Socialism<p>Updated May 06, 2018<p>Communism …

Thousands of Human Bones Reveal 'Barbarian' Battle Rituals

The discovery of victims of a Germanic army that fought 2,000 years ago are surprising archaeologists for several reasons.<p>Archaeologists working in a sprawling wetland in Denmark have uncovered 2,000-year-old human remains that are challenging traditional ideas about "barbarian" warfare in northern …

Five ways China's past has shaped its present

<b>To understand today's headlines about China's approach to issues such as trade, foreign policy or internet censorship, turn to its past.</b><p>The country is perhaps more aware of its own history than any other major society on earth. That remembering is certainly partial - events like Mao's Cultural …

China

The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Photos From a Century Ago

One hundred years ago, an outbreak of influenza spread rapidly across the world, and killed more than 50 million—and possibly as many as 100 million—people within 15 months. The speed of the pandemic was shocking; the numbers of dead bodies overwhelmed hospitals and cemeteries. Quarantine centers, …

Disease

Colorful Wood Block Prints from the Chinese Revolution of 1911: A Gallery of Artistic Propaganda Posters

When you think Chinese Revolution, surely you think of Mao Zedong and the People’s Republic coming to power in 1949, a history that overshadows an …

World History

Empress Theodora

Theodora reigned as empress of the Byzantine Empire alongside her husband, Emperor Justinian I, from 527 CE until her death in 548 CE. Rising from a …

10 killed as widespread Indian caste protests turn violent

<b>(CNN) —</b> The death toll from violent protests in India has risen to 10, after another two protesters from the Dalit community died in the Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh state.<p>District administration chief Ilayaraja T., who confirmed the deaths, said paramilitary troops were deployed to the …

How Dazzle Camouflage Helped Keep British and American Ships Safe in WWI

It's hard to hide a ship. But during World War I, British artist Norman Wilkinson came up with a novel way to at least disguise what ships were …

Did These Computer Scientists Solve the Cuban ‘Sonic Attack’?

Three computer scientists reverse-engineered a recording of the sound and think they know what got 24 people at the American embassy in Havana sick.<p>A …

7,000-Year-Old Native American Burial Site Found Underwater

In an unprecedented discovery, archaeologists identify a site where prehistoric people once buried their dead—now submerged beneath the waves.<p>Venice is Florida's unofficial capital of fossil hunting. Divers and beachcombers flock to this city on the Gulf Coast, mostly seeking palm-sized teeth of …

The 61 best photos of the Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics have now come to a close, but for over two weeks photographers captured stunning images from the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.<p>Though there's too many great photos to count, we used Getty to compile some of our favorites.<p>Take a look below.

Winter Olympics

Roman Roads

The long straight roads built by the Romans wherever they conquered have, in many cases, become just as famous names in history as their greatest …

Unearthed in Rome’s New Subway: Extinct Elephants and Persian Peach Pits

ROME — The ancient Romans were celebrated for their engineering feats: roads that helped expand an empire; aqueducts that quenched throngs and supplied lavish fountains; monumental bridges, some of which are still in use today.<p>So it seems apt that a modern engineering achievement — the construction …

The College Student Who Decoded the Data Hidden in Inca Knots

Manny Medrano cut loose on spring break by analyzing a set of khipus.<p>There are many ways a college student might spend spring break. Making an …

Ancient Roman Family Life

Whether there was a king, a consul, or an emperor that stood supreme over Rome and its territories, the one constant throughout Roman history was the …

Saint Cyril

Saint Cyril (aka Kyrillos and Constantine the Philosopher, d. 867 CE) was a Byzantine linguist, teacher, scholar and missionary who famously preached …

The origins of the Second Amendment

The Second Amendment to the Constitution states simply: <i>"</i>A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.<i>"</i> That language and that idea were clearly important to the Founding Fathers.<p>But why?<p>The Second …