The Dogfighting Scenes in “Dunkirk” Are Exhilarating

July 21st, 2017 History

Christopher Nolan’s new World War II epic contains some of the most thrilling aerial engagements ever staged.

Why It Matters That Hungary’s Prime Minister Denounced His Country’s Role in the Holocaust

July 21st, 2017 History

Is this tonal shift for real — or will the European nation continue to obfuscate its history

How the Gains Women Made in WWI Were Quickly Lost

July 21st, 2017 History

In the early 20th century, 96% of all jobs on the U.S. rail network were male. But by the start of WWI, it fell on women to fill in for them

Where Did the Term “Gerrymander” Come From?

July 20th, 2017 History

Elbridge Gerry was a powerful voice in the founding of the nation, but today he’s best known for the political practice with an amphibious origin

Artifacts Show the Sometimes-Violent Nature of American Democracy

July 19th, 2017 History

From a KKK hood to an anti-Chinese pistol, a new exhibition shows America’s fraught history of deciding who to include in democracy

The True Story of Dunkirk, As Told Through the Heroism of the “Medway Queen”

July 19th, 2017 History

Retrofitted by the British Navy, the paddleboat saved 7,000 men over many dangerous trips across the Channel

When New York City Rioted Over Hamlet Being Too British

July 19th, 2017 History

In the deadly Astor Place Riot, how to perform Shakespeare served as a proxy for class warfare

How Germans Turned Trains Into Massive Artillery in WWII

July 19th, 2017 History

Railway guns like the German WWII K5 gun had a very narrow aim. To get around that problem, Germans developed a circular track, allowing the gun to rotate

The Equation of Time / When what you mean is not apparent

July 19th, 2017 General Interest, History

Everyone knows that a day has 24 hours, but if you base your measurement on the position of the sun, that figure could vary by as much as 16 minutes over a year. The equation of time compensates for this irregularity.

Where to See Some of the World’s Oldest and Most Interesting Maps

July 18th, 2017 History

Chart humanity’s course through history with these antique navigational tools

The U.S. Assault on Okinawa Was Met With an Eerie Silence

July 18th, 2017 History

When U.S. troops launched their assault on the Pacific island of Okinawa, they expected a fierce resistance from an entrenched Japanese army

The Brief Period, 200 Years Ago, When American Politics Was Full of “Good Feelings”

July 17th, 2017 History

James Monroe’s 1817 goodwill tour kicked off a decade of party-less government – but he couldn’t stop the nation from dividing again

As the American Buffalo Declined, Its Symbolism Rose

July 17th, 2017 History

Over the years, the American buffalo, or bison, has been a symbol of the American frontier

A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion

July 14th, 2017 History

On the eve of the disaster’s centennial, a sailor’s 1917 journal details a rare eyewitness account of the massive harbor blast

Bismarck Tried to End Socialism’s Grip—By Offering Government Healthcare

July 14th, 2017 History

The 1883 law was the first of its kind to institute mandatory, government-monitored health insurance

Why Religious Freedom and Diversity Flourished in Early America

July 14th, 2017 History

Jam-packed exhibition features artifacts as diverse as Jefferson’s Bible, a steeple bell cast by Paul Revere and a storied Torah

These WWI Ambulance Trains Could Care for 500 Men at Once

July 14th, 2017 History

During World War I, the British converted a large number of commuter train cars into ambulance cars

Decimal Time / Solutions for people who need 100 hours in a day

July 14th, 2017 General Interest, History

The division of days into 24 hours and hours into 60 minutes is arbitrary and makes calculation awkward. Why not use a system based on units of 10 and 100? Some people have tried, with lackluster results.

The Site of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings Finally Has a Memorial

July 13th, 2017 History

In a town that has long profited from witchcraft-seekers and Halloween revelers alike, a new memorial strikes a different tone

U.S. Marines’ First Test Against Japanese Defenses on Okinawa

July 13th, 2017 History

As U.S. marines advanced northward in Okinawa, they approached a craggy mass known as Mount Yae-Take