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Today in History

Debunking the Myth of Houdini’s Death on Halloween, 192...

October 31, 2018

Always amazing and often mystifying, escape artist Harry Houdini’s name is now synonymous with daring, death-defying escape tricks. Houdini dodged death mul...

How the Worst Day for American Firefighters Led to Safe...

September 11, 2018

The names of all 343 firefighters from the New York Fire lost in the September 11 are read out, followed by a prayer before the climb. (Photo by Shirley Kwok/Pa...

Lest We Forget: Arresting Photos from the 9/11 Attacks

September 12, 2016

Fifteen years ago, the lives of nearly 3,000 people came to a tragically premature end. Since then, the rubble has been cleared, the perpetrators have been caught and...

The Great San Francisco Earthquake (Photographs from 11...

April 19, 2016

On This Day: April 18, 1906 At 5:15 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing hundreds of peop...

Today in History: Lincoln Wrote This Scathing Letter to...

July 14, 2015

The Battle of Gettysburg had finally ended. Gen. Robert E. Lee’s battered army limped southward. Gen. George G. Meade, however, didn't go after him to finish the ...

Today in History: Abraham Lincoln Wrote This Letter to ...

July 13, 2015

After a long siege Vicksburg had finally fallen. Lincoln took this occasion to write this letter to the victorious Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. It's a letter of heartfe...