506 years ago, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León landed in what he christened "Florida." Historians still wonder where the name came from.
Horses and mules played a major role in the American Civil War. In the end, there were about twice as many dead equines as humans.
The disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, early in John F. Kennedy's presidency, led him to reconfigure his foreign policy decision-making process.
Jessica Lynch was the first woman American POW to be successfully rescued. She became symbolic in ways that had little to do with the facts of her story.
She was a notable anarchist thinker and speaker, but history has largely forgotten Voltairine de Cleyre.
In the aftermath of the Mexican-American War, people of Mexican ancestry were the target of intense racist violence.
When government wouldn't fund female fieldwork, Agnes Chase pulled together her own resources.
In the early 1920s, reformers obsessed over the sexual nature of some Pueblo rituals, and attempted to control their performance.
In the 19th century, butter production became a valuable way for women to profit off their farms-- and it soon became a major agricultural product.
A suffragist searching for a heroine found Sacagawea and lifted her out of historical obscurity.