Nellie Bly Honored With Google Doodle, Karen O Song

Nellie Bly is the subject of Google’s doodle for May 5, as the day would have been the journalist’s 151st birthday. Bly was her pen name. Her real name was Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman. She was best known for her record-breaking…

Selfie Seekers Caught Carving Initials into the Colosseum

What would you do for the perfect selfie? Would you deface a landmark – one of the most famous historical locations in the world? Two Californian women did. The Guardian reports that security at Rome’s Colosseum caught the women, aged…

Althea Gibson Honored With Google Doodle On Birthday

Althea Gibson is the subject of a new Google Doodle currently gracing the search engine’s homepage in the U.S. The tennis legend was born on this day in 1927. Gibson was the first black athlete to play international tennis, and…

Genealogy: Three Tips To Get It Right

If you have ever wondered where you came from, you may want to give genealogy a try. Genealogy is more than just studying the past, it can help you learn more about your family and maybe even yourself. Whether you…

Iron Age Coins Unearthed in Britain

Over two dozen of rare Roman and Iron Age coins were discovered inside of a cave in Dovedale, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. Four of the coins were initially discovered by a random cave dweller in the Peak district, which lead to…

Happy Birthday Song: Where Did It Come From?

Happy birthday to you…. Almost everyone knows the “Happy Birthday Song” in one form or another. While this is true of the song, there are some interesting tidbits about this particular melody you may not know. Surprisingly, one of the…

‘Dracula Castle’ For Sale to the Right Buyer

Bran Castle, a national monument and landmark in Romania commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle,” is not formally on the market for a disclosed sum, but the present owner says the property is up for grabs if the price and buyer…

1805 Letter Penned by Thomas Jefferson Goes on Sale

A July 24, 1805 letter written by United States Founding Father and President Thomas Jefferson went on sale for $35,000 in Philadelphia. The Raab Collection is handling the transaction, after an anonymous private collector came forth with the one-page historical…

The World Wide Web Turns 25 This Week

In 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee turned on the World Wide Web. Since then, it has become one of the most pervasive technologies ever created. In fact, one could argue that it’s the most important invention in human history. To celebrate…

Bill Guarnere, of Band of Brothers Fame, Dies at 90

William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, Sr. was rushed to a hospital from his home in Philadelphia Saturday morning. By the time Saturday night had arrived, Guarenere had died from a ruptured stomach aneurysm. Guarnere was 90 years old. Bill Guarnere rose…

Mein Kampf Copies Signed By Hitler To Be Auctioned

Now that the Christmas shopping season is over, most people don’t have to constantly worry about getting a gift for that certain someone who just seems to have it all. For those of us who want to get some early…

Mark Helprin’s Novel Is Now A Colin Farrell Film

“If it weren’t for music, I would think that love is mortal.” This prosaic musing about music might seem like words written by a romance novelist. Indeed, it’s a quote from one of Mark Helprin’s novels. However, the 66-year-old author…

Harriet Tubman: The Underground Railroad Meets Opera

The story of Harriet Tubman has recently hit the performance arena in New York. “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom,” is an opera written by a third-generation Nigerian-American who practically grew up on the stories of Tubman and…

Tila Tequila: “Hitler Was A Good Man”, History Lies

Take what you will from Tila Tequila – a former car model, MySpace celebrity, and reality TV show host. She’s made a video and blog post exposing the Illuminati, the secret organization that (supposedly) controls the world. Both Larry King…

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Gets Dissected By Historians

One of the biggest selling points of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series is how it recreates historical events and locations and lets you live them in the game. You may be wondering, however, just how accurate these recreations are. Well, that’s…

Steve Jobs’ Old House Now a Historical Site

2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos has now been officially designated as a “historical resource.” The house (and more importantly, its garage) is better known as the place where Apple Computers was founded. Back in 1976, the home of Paul and…

Study: Pollen Tells Us What Killed Bronze Age Civilizations

The New York Times reported that a recent study of pollen may explain the sudden collapse of what were, at the time, highly successful civilizations like the Egyptians, the Babylonians, and the Hittites. 3200 years in the distant past, Tel…

VICE And Ubisoft Team Up On Assassin’s Creed IV-Inspired Historical Documentary

VICE is known for its brutal news documentaries that take place in some of the most dangerous places on earth. In other words, they’re no stranger to the worst humanity has to offer. Some of the worst humans ever to…

Gullah-Geechee, Sapelo Island: Historic Slave Community Faces Tax Woes

The tiny community of Hog Hammock on Sapelo Island in Georgia is one of the earliest freed slave settlements, and it is still home to descendants of the original owners. That may change though, as the Gullah-Geechee people in the…

Steve Jobs’ Old Home (or the Garage Where Apple Was Built) Could Become Historical Site

We all know the story of Apple Computer, and how the company was formed in Steve Jobs’ parents’ garage back in 1976. It was an important moment in the tech world for sure, and now the garage (and the house…