World History

    HISTORYDid an Enslaved Woman Try to Warn the Americans of Benedict Arnold’s Treason?New research sheds light on Liss, who was enslaved by the family of a Culper Spy Ring leader and had ties to British spymaster John André As recent archival finds an...
    HISTORYHow a Failed Assassination Attempt Pushed George Wallace to Reconsider His Segregationist ViewsFifty years ago, a fame-seeker shot the polarizing politician five times, paralyzing him from the waist downAfter his shooting, a hospitalized Wallace ho...
    “From prejudice to hatred to violence to murder, the paths are very short,” said Karl Freller, director of the Bavarian Memorial Foundation, to an audience of more than 500 at the Holocaust memorial site where the Nazi concentration camp Flossenbürg once ...
    The exact location of the 19th Unnamed Cave, somewhere on private land in northern Alabama, is a closely guarded secret. What’s inside is too precious to risk destruction. An 80-foot-wide, east-facing mouth leads to a long tunnel where the ceiling and flo...
    SMART NEWSGilded Age Excess Lived on at the 2022 Met GalaCelebrities paid tribute to the era of extravagance through gold-adorned ensembles, splashy headdresses and moreActress Blake Lively wore a Statue of Libertyinspired gown whose copper bow unfurled i...
    HISTORYThe Deadliest Disaster at Sea Killed Thousands, Yet Its Story Is Little-Known. Why?In the final months of World War II, 75 years ago, German citizens and soldiers fleeing the Soviet army died when the “Wilhelm Gustloff” sankThe Wilhelm ...
    HISTORYThe Unsuccessful WWII Plot to Fight the Japanese With Radioactive FoxesAn outlandish idea codenamed ‘Operation Fantasia’ aimed to demoralize the Axis power by mimicking legendary spirits Operation Fantasia aimed to destroy Japanese morale by exposi...
    HISTORYThe Trailblazing Black Entrepreneurs Who Shaped a 19th-Century California BoomtownThough founded by Confederates, Julian became a place of opportunity for people of color—and a model for what the U.S. could look like after the Civil WarThe only ava...
    HISTORYThe 1983 Military Drill That Nearly Sparked Nuclear War With the SovietsFearful that the Able Archer 83 exercise was a cover for a NATO nuclear strike, the U.S.S.R. readied its own weapons for launchNATO troops from a battalion based in Fort Hood, ...
    HISTORYWant to Work Out Like Walt Whitman or Henry VIII? Try These Historic Fitness RegimesTravel through time by lifting like passengers on the Titanic or swimming like the sixth U.S. presidentThis is how you really sweat to the oldies.Bettmann/Getty Ima...
    If you stand on one of the outcroppings of the Timna valley, the most salient fact of the place is emptiness. Here in the heat-blasted flatlands of the Arava Desert, off a lonely road in southern Israel, it seems there’s nothing but stark cliffs and rock ...