The precocious pachyderm nearly made the cover. Then Pearl Harbor was attacked.
WORLD WAR TWO
Find out more about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, from the first soldier ever interred in it to the rigorous process of guarding it.
Grab your lucky rabbit’s foot and read up on the tales of some of the unluckiest people in history, from the man whose backyard became a battlefield (twice!) to an absurdly accident-prone instrument inventor and beyond.
Hitler's Germany stole over 600,000 paintings during World War II. A new law will make sure museum visitors know about it.
The famed director has penned a book about World War II curio Hiroo Onoda, who spent decades believing the conflict was still going on.
Your history teacher probably didn't tell you about the time the unfortunately named Captain Schlitt's bowel movement sank an entire German submarine.
Major William Martin was a Roman Catholic Welshman who enjoyed the theater and loved his fiancée, Pam. He also didn’t exist—but the Nazis didn’t know that.
The fall of Constantinople isn’t the only battle that helped usher in a whole new era of history.
Hormel calls the appetite for SPAM in the state “unmatched by any place in the world.”
Ahead of the release of 'The Fervor,' Alma Katsu's supernatural reimaging of Japanese internment, here are her favorite historical horror novels
Despite having shot her own leg off in a hunting accident, Virginia Hall became one of the most feared Allied spies of the war.
The Silent Generation may not be as flashy a group as Millennials, but they wield a surprising amount of influence over our culture.
These tributes to fallen soldiers may not be as instantly recognizable as the Vietnam Memorial and others, but their stories are no less fascinating--including one that doubles as a mausoleum right in Manhattan.
Calvin Graham was just 12 years old when he enlisted in the Navy. By 13, he was a veteran. By 14, he was married.
Paris’s Panthéon houses graves for just five women. Josephine Baker—star, spy, and civil rights activist—is about to become the sixth.
Did kamikaze pilots really volunteer? Did the U.S. really declare war against the Axis powers directly after Pearl Harbor? We're debunking some of the most common misconceptions about World War II.
The romantic gesture was a tribute to the heroism of their husbands-to-be who served in World War II.
'Make it stretch' and 'share the meat' campaigns didn't work on beef-obsessed consumers, who turned to illicit lamb chops to satisfy their hunger.
Before the word was used to describe hit movies, 'blockbuster' was a nickname for a highly destructive bomb.
This video from 1941 shows Anne Frank less than a year before her family was forced into hiding to avoid Nazi persecution.
“Lucky” Luciano and Meyer Lansky took New York’s underworld undercover during World War II—and Luciano did it all from prison.
The first African American pilots to serve in the United States military, the Tuskegee Airmen helped the Allies win World War II and put the U.S. armed forces on the road to integration.
Doris Miller was stationed on the USS 'West Virginia' when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Despite being prohibited from gunnery training due to his race, Miller ended up saving an untold number of lives.
Eugene Bullard survived some of the deadliest battles in history and became the world's first Black fighter pilot—all before the age of 30.