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There's an article in the Fashion & Style section of NYTimes.com today called But the article cites Doug Wead, author of "All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families," who explains, "I ...

Leonardo Was Here -- Or Was He?

Going off of yesterday's post about the recent discovery of a possible Da Vinci painting, I wanted to delve a little further into why historians have such trouble pinning down the great Leonardo. Questions of authenticity have plagued Da Vinci schola ...

Oscars Honor Historical Films

While historical films don't always make a big splash, the 81st Annual Academy Awards honored a handful of 2008 historical dramas.First, there was "The Duchess," which won the award for Another big winner was "Milk." TIME magazine ...

Possible Da Vinci Self-Portrait Reveals a Blue-eyed, Blonde-haired Renaissance Man

On Friday, our friends over at Discovery News reported that a (possible) Leonardo Da Vinci self-portrait has recently surfaced. Experts are hesitant to jump to conclusions yet, however, because they've been duped before.

How the Spanish-American War Worked

Although the Spanish-American War was a short conflict, many historians believe this conflict marked the United States' emergence as a major world power. Tune in and learn more about the Spanish-American War in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

First Lady Martha Washington Was a Hottie

Did you see the For starters, they point to her wedding shoes, which were once deep purple silk with jeweled buckle accents. Very fashion-forward and not the sort of thing a shrinking violet would've worn. There are also some financial records of clo ...

Carter Sheds Light on Post-presidency, Recession

At his press conference yesterday, former President Jimmy Carter discussed some surprising thoughts on his legacy as an ex-president. He also shared some personal experiences as a boy growing up during the Great Depression and whether it's comparable to today's recession.

Ex-Presidents Who Shun Retirement

Like Candace mentioned, she and I are attending a press conference at the Carter Center today. When we got this invitation, it got us talking about what former presidents choose to do with themselves when retirement is awkwardly thrust upon them, despite being just barely past their prime.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter: Active, Kind and Gracious

Today, Jane and I are going to a press conference at the In light of the day's event, I thought I'd spotlight Mrs. Carter in today's first lady feature. I think she's a pretty unique first lady. Did you know that she traveled solo around the nation t ...

I mentioned yesterday that it's a first lady tradition to have a feature photograph in Vogue. If you're Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama, it's a pretty exclusive tradition to be on the cover. But one first lady opted out: Bess Truman. Since I'll be ...

First 100 Days: A Presidential Honeymoon

People in the media have been making a lot of references to Barack Obama's first 100 days in office. CNN even keeps a progress report of how he's doing during this crucial period. But, what's so special about this span of time?

How the Black Death Worked

When the Black Death swept across Europe, it killed an estimated 25 million people -- one third of Europe's total population. Tune in and learn more about the lasting effects of the Black Death in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

First Ladies in Vogue -- Literally

Jane and I have discussed the role of first lady on the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. We've explained that the office is an unofficial one (it's mentioned nowhere in the Constitution), and it's a position that a woman falls into by virtu ...

Results are in: Historians Elect Lincoln

After the United States elected Barack Obama as its 43rd president, Historians went to the polls to pick their favorites of the last 42.

How Thomas Jefferson's Bible Worked

Thomas Jefferson, one of America's founding fathers, was a very unorthodox thinker. His revision of the Bible was one of his most controversial projects -- tune into this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn why.

Why did it take more than 20 years to bury Eva Peron?

Eva Peron died on July 26, 1952. After a 13-day wake, Dr. Pedro Ara mummified the body -- but it would take more than twenty years to bury the corpse. Learn more about Eva Peron's decades-long travel to the grave in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

Will the world really end in 2012?

The Mayan empire produced a unique calendar that's still followed in parts of the world today. Curiously, this calendar predicts a monumental, world-wide change on December 21st, 2012. Learn more about 2012 in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

How Navajo Code Talkers Work

During World War II, Axis and Allied powers struggled to discover the enemies' information while hiding their own. Tune in to this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn how the Navajo code talkers turned the tide of World War II.

How the Underground Railroad Worked

The Underground Railroad may have saved as much as 100,000 slaves. Tune into to this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn how the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act and a secret network of abolitionists led to the creation of the Underground Railroad.

How Revisionist History Works

Like any other discipline, history often becomes a matter of interpretation. Check in with HowStuffWorks' resident history experts as they explore the phenomenon of revisionist history in this podcast.