History

July 19, 2019

30+ Historic Photos Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969 mankind took “one giant step” as the Apollo 11 mission touched down on the Moon. As the first mission to bring humans to the Moon, it remains one of mankind’s most incredible accomplishments. 50 years after the historic Apollo 11 landing, the mission continues to capture the imagination of the public and is held as a shining example of what humans can achieve.

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July 15, 2019

A Look at the Earliest Printed Book—and It’s Not the Gutenberg Bible

Today, the printed word is taken for granted. Newspapers, books, brochures, and business cards are filled with printed words essential for spreading information around the globe. The revolution of the printed word came about with the advent of moveable type—technology that allowed quick, quality reproductions of text. While many associate the world-famous Gutenberg Bible with this technology, it’s actually not the first book ever printed.

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June 22, 2019

What is the Smithsonian? Discover and Explore This National Institution

To a lot of people, the Smithsonian symbolizes a single museum. Many may imagine the suspended planes at the National Air and Space Museum; others might think about Dorothy’s ruby slippers at the National Museum of American History; and some might even create a conflated combination. However, the Smithsonian Institution actually comprises nearly 20 museums—and even more research centers and programs.

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May 30, 2019

7 Facts About Machu Picchu That Show How Incredible the Inca Empire Was

The powerful Inca Empire—the last of the great Andean civilizations—grew out of the Peruvian highlands in the early 13th century. Ruling over a population of 10 million people, they were the last fully formed, indigenous civilization prior to Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. And perhaps nothing is more symbolic of their culture than the great archeological site of Machu Picchu.

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