For years, Sting’s 1985 anti-war song “Russians” seemed to be something of an afterthought. But it made a lasting impression on two future filmmakers and a pair of summer blockbusters released more than 30 years apart.
In 1968, when the CIA needed help with an audacious Cold War operation, officials decided that eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes would be the perfect man for the job.
In the 1940s, residents near Hanford, Washington, were getting dosed with the radioactive equivalent of Three Mile Island every day.
Project Blue Book's questionnaire had sections for describing UFOs and even sketching pictures.
We're detailing some of the most common misconceptions about the Cold War, including how close we came to World War III and Pepsi's impact on world affairs.
In the 1950s, the U.S. government built fake houses on its nuclear test site in Nevada, and many of them didn't survive.
Fifty-two Hertz, dubbed 'the loneliest whale in the world,' has roamed the Pacific for decades, singing at a much higher frequency than other whale species.
After the Berlin Wall fell, it didn’t completely disappear. Here are 15 surprising places where segments of the Berlin Wall stand today.
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Tsar Bomba—the biggest hydrogen bomb ever—detonated in October 1961, and the Soviet Union caught it on tape.
From liaising with Martians to living on the moon, here’s where Soviet magazines thought the Cold War’s space race would take us.
George Orwell is best known for penning the dystopian novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'—regarded as one of the greatest classics of all time—but writing novels was only one small facet of his life and career.
In 1958, the Atomic Energy Commission decided to boost fishing commerce in Alaska by detonating a 1-megaton nuclear bomb to create a deep-water harbor. Residents were not amused.
In 1952, at the height of the Cold War, elementary schools in Lake County, Indiana asked hundreds of students to line up, raise their arms, and get ready for the stabbing pain of a tattoo gun, all in the service of post-apocalyptic blood transfusions.
For many, living dozens of feet underground in a windowless bunker is the only way to scale the social ladder.
The project was about more than just high-speed delivery.
With its Blue Lagoon thermal spa and unrivaled views of the Northern Lights, Iceland is one of the world's top tourist destinations, drawing over 2 million visitors last year alone.
The Soviets thought Lee Harvey Oswald was a total maniac.
The ancient caves beneath Buda Castle have a colorful and sometimes disturbing history.