On Tuesday, the White House broke a longstanding State of the Union tradition. Rather than distributing an embargoed copy of the President’s speech to the press and press alone, the address was made public on the blogging site Medium for everyone’s understanding, criticism and analysis.
An audio recording of a speech given by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, long thought to be lost in time, was made available to the masses this week online.
Last month, Museum of Fine Arts conservator Pam Hatchfield excavated a 219-year-old time capsule that Paul Revere and then-Governor Samuel Adams had buried under the Massachusetts State House. Continue reading
A 219-year-old time capsule believed to be originally buried in 1795 by then-Governor Samuel Adams and Paul Revere was unearthed Thursday. Continue reading
Seventy-three years ago, an attack on Pearl Harbor catapulted the U.S. into World War II. National Air and Space Museum curator Jeremy Kinney shows off a rare survivor from that day — a military seaplane — and explains how specialists agonize over how to keep it in tact. Continue reading
On a prehistoric white shell fossil from the island of Java, tiny zig-zag shaped scratches may etch out the beginning of art history, and rewrite our human history. A study published in Nature this week found that the markings on the shell were between 430,000 and 540,000 years old, making it older than any art created by humans or Neanderthals. Continue reading
A 500-year-old cold case is nearing its conclusion. British scientists have determined with “99.999 percent” accuracy that the remains of King Richard III of England really were lying under a municipal parking lot in the central English city of Leicester. Continue reading
One of the most famous veterans in the U.S. shares stories of largely unknown American heroes from each of the nation’s armed conflicts in “Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of America at War.” Gwen Ifill sits down with author Sen. John McCain, who wrote the book with his longtime collaborator Mark Salter, to discuss the book and the incoming Congress. Continue reading
Napoleon Bonaparte’s trademark bicorn hat sold at auction near Paris on Sunday for roughly $2.4 million.
When the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939, tens of thousands of Jews applied for visas to anywhere. Among them, Paul Strnad and his wife Hedy, a dress designer. Ultimately, neither would get a visa to leave Czechoslovakia. Now, in an exhibit called “Stitching History from the Holocaust,” the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee is displaying the dresses Hedy once designed and could never realize. NewsHour special correspondent Martin Fletcher reports in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Television. Continue reading