History Stories
AUTHOR: Erin Blakemore
150 Years Ago, a President Could Be Impeached for Firing a Cabinet Member
May 16, 2018

The Tenure of Office Act was designed to rein in Andrew Johnson—but it sparked a years-long debate on executive power. Read More

How Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking Helped Cause World War I
May 16, 2018

Victoria's meddling in the love lives of her grandchildren helped create—and destroy—modern Europe. Read More

Hidden Pages in Anne Frank’s Diary Deciphered After 75 Years
May 15, 2018

The new material reveals a different side of the murdered teenage author. Read More

Frank Sinatra’s Mob Ties and Other Secrets from His FBI File
May 14, 2018

The FBI documented Old Blue Eyes’ every move for 40 years. Read More

Why Martha Washington Was the Ultimate Military Spouse
May 10, 2018

She spent nearly half the Revolutionary War at her husband’s side. Read More

The First Birth Control Pill Used Puerto Rican Women as Guinea Pigs
May 9, 2018

Eugenics and unethical clinical trials are part of the pill’s legacy. Read More

The Tense History of U.S.-Iran Sanctions, from the Hostage Crisis to the Nuclear Deal
May 8, 2018

How sanctions went from punishment to status quo in America's shadow war against Iran. Read More

Meghan Markle Might Not Be the First Mixed-Race British Royal
May 8, 2018

According to some historians, Britain had a black queen in the 18th century: Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Read More

It’s Official: King Tut’s Tomb Doesn’t Contain Any Secret Chambers
May 8, 2018

A years-long hunt has ended in disappointment—and archaeologists still can’t find Nefertiti’s tomb. Read More

Why the Royal Family Used to Forbid Marriage After Divorce
May 3, 2018

The royal family's distaste for divorce goes back to Henry VIII. Read More