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June 17, 2024 at 3:54 PM

What was Lincoln holding the night he was shot?

A new exhibit at the Library of Congress showcases pivotal moments in history and has the answer. ABC News' Danny New reports.
June 17, 2024 at 3:54 PM
VIDEO: What was Lincoln holding the night he was shot?
June 15, 2024 at 11:34 PM

Divers find remains of Finnish WWII plane that was shot down by Moscow

The World War II mystery of what happened to a Finnish passenger plane after it was shot down over the Baltic Sea by Soviet bombers appears to finally be solved more than eight decades later
June 15, 2024 at 11:34 PM
The cabin of the Junkers Ju 52 aircraft "Kaleva" by the Finnish airline Aero photographed in July 1936. With U.S. and French diplomatic couriers aboard, the civilian plane was shot down over the Baltic Sea by Soviet bombers on June 14, 1940 just days before Moscow annexed the three Baltic states. The mysterious case which claimed the lives of nine people is being solved after 84 years as an Estonian diving group has located the aircraft's wreckage off a tiny island close to Tallinn. (Finnish Aviation Museum via AP)
June 13, 2024 at 11:50 PM

Wreckage of last ship belonging to famed Irish explorer found off coast of Canada

The wreck of the last ship belonging to a famous Irish-born British explorer of Antarctica has been found off the coast of Canada by an international team led by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
June 13, 2024 at 11:50 PM
This photo provided by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society shows the Quest ship sinking off of Labrador, Canada, on May 5, 1962. The wreck of the last ship belonging to Sir Ernest Shackleton, an Irish-born British explorer of Antarctica has been found off the coast of Canada by an international team led by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The Quest was found using sonar scans on Sunday evening, June 9, 2024. (Tore Topp/Royal Canadian Geographical Society via AP)
June 12, 2024 at 9:53 PM

Rare ‘blue room’ unearthed in ancient city of Pompeii 

The ornate room would have been used for ritual activities or storing sacred objects, according to the Archaeological Parks of Pompeii.
June 12, 2024 at 9:53 PM
The ornate room would have been used for ritual activities or storing sacred objects, according to the Archaeological Parks of Pompeii.
June 12, 2024 at 8:44 PM

Pompeii excavation unveils rare 'blue room' believed to be an ancient shrine

The room has been interpreted as a sacrarium, or a Roman sanctuary.
June 12, 2024 at 8:44 PM
A new room in the central area of the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy emerged during excavations on May 2024. The room, which measures about 8 square meters, is painted blue and interpretable as a sacrarium, or a space dedicated to ritual activities and the storage of sacred objects.
June 9, 2024 at 5:10 PM

3 young boys and dad uncover rare dinosaur bones

The Fisher family discovered the bones uring a hike in North Dakota’s Badlands.
June 9, 2024 at 5:10 PM
VIDEO: 3 young boys and dad uncover rare dinosaur bones
June 8, 2024 at 4:45 AM

8 members of Congress parachute jump over Normandy for D-Day anniversary

They jumped out of the same planes that flew over Normandy 80 years ago.
June 8, 2024 at 4:45 AM
They jumped out of the same planes that flew over Normandy 80 years ago.
June 7, 2024 at 8:19 PM

9 members of Congress parachute jump over Normandy for D-Day anniversary

A group of American lawmakers honored the sacrifices of World War II veterans who took part in D-Day with a parachute jump Friday morning.
June 7, 2024 at 8:19 PM
Rep. Mike Waltz shares a selfie showing preparation for a commemorative parachute jump to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France June 7, 2024.
June 7, 2024 at 9:06 AM

80th anniversary of historic D-Day invasion

American heroes who changed the course of history are returning to the beaches of Normandy and are met with gratitude for their sacrifice 80 years later.
June 7, 2024 at 9:06 AM
VIDEO:  80th anniversary of historic D-Day invasion
June 7, 2024 at 9:06 AM

Last heroes of Normandy

ABC News’ David Muir talks with some of the brave American soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy.
June 7, 2024 at 9:06 AM
VIDEO:  Last heroes of Normandy
June 6, 2024 at 5:34 PM

King Charles III honors a generation that fought, died and waited for freedom

King Charles III is in northern France to honor the 22,442 British troops who died in the Battle of Normandy
June 6, 2024 at 5:34 PM
Britain's King Charles III goes to deliver a speech during a commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, at the World War II British Normandy Memorial of Ver-sur-Mer, Thursday, June 6, 2024. Normandy is hosting various events to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via AP)
June 6, 2024 at 2:59 PM

Biden marks 80th D-Day anniversary in Normandy

The president attended a ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery.
June 6, 2024 at 2:59 PM
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive with French President Emmanuel Macron, and wife Brigitte Macron for a commemorative ceremony to mark D-Day 80th anniversary, June 6, 2024 at the US cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy.
June 5, 2024 at 7:47 PM

Biden to join other world leaders in D-Day ceremony in Normandy

President Biden will also attend a ceremony at the American Military Cemetery in Colleville-Sur-Mer and will meet with U.S. WWII vets who made the trip to France as well.
June 5, 2024 at 7:47 PM
VIDEO: Biden to join other world leaders in D-Day ceremony in Normandy
June 5, 2024 at 7:19 PM

Military service members make 1st return to Normandy 80 years after D-Day

Plus, President Joe Biden and other world leaders gather in Normandy, France, to honor the incredible servicemen who landed on the beaches eight decades ago.
June 5, 2024 at 7:19 PM
VIDEO: Military service members make 1st return to Normandy 80 years after D-Day
June 5, 2024 at 4:05 PM

Biden visits France to commemorate 80th anniversary of D-Day

President Joe Biden plans to tour the hallowed ground near the beaches where more than 150,000 Allied troops began liberating Europe of Nazi control.
June 5, 2024 at 4:05 PM
VIDEO: Biden visits France to commemorate 80th anniversary of D-Day
June 5, 2024 at 4:03 PM

WWII veterans visit Omaha Beach to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

American Airlines flew 68 World War II veterans to France to remember the fateful day.
June 5, 2024 at 4:03 PM
VIDEO: WWII veterans visit Omaha Beach to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day
June 5, 2024 at 2:31 PM

Women veterans return to Normandy for 80th D-Day anniversary

A group of 68 World War II veterans have returned to Normandy in France to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.
June 5, 2024 at 2:31 PM
A group of U.S. World War II veterans, including three women, traveled to the Normandy region of France to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.
June 4, 2024 at 7:42 PM

Muhammad Ali's childhood home is for sale in Kentucky after being converted into a museum

The pink house where Muhammad Ali grew up dreaming of boxing fame is for sale
June 4, 2024 at 7:42 PM
FILE - In this June 10, 2016, file photo, people line the street in front of the boyhood home, center with the pink wall, of Muhammad Ali as they wait for Ali's funeral procession to arrive in Louisville, Ky. The house where Ali grew up dreaming of boxing fame is up for sale. The house was converted into a museum offering a glimpse into the boxing great's formative years. It went on the market Tuesday, June 4, 2024 along with two neighboring homes. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
June 4, 2024 at 5:18 PM

Reporter's notebook: A Black WWII hero is finally honored, 80 years after D-Day

Waverly B. Woodson was a medic on Omaha Beach during D-Day when his heroism saved untold lives. Now he's finally being honored for it.
June 4, 2024 at 5:18 PM
Young medic Waverly Woodson of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion saved countless lives on June 6, 1944, before collapsing from his own injuries.
June 3, 2024 at 2:38 PM

WWII veterans return to Normandy

June 6 marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded Normandy, France.
June 3, 2024 at 2:38 PM
VIDEO: WWII veterans return to Normandy
June 1, 2024 at 6:34 PM

Largest stegosaurus ever found set for auction amid private collection debate

The stegosaurus skeleton, known as Apex, is valued at $4-6 million.
June 1, 2024 at 6:34 PM
"Apex" stegosaurus fossil to be auction by Sotheby's.
May 31, 2024 at 10:57 PM

Granddaughter of Negro League baseball great 'stunned' by stats merger with MLB

Major League Baseball has merged Negro Leagues statistics into its record books. The granddaughter of one of the Negro Leagues' greats calls it "a dream come true."
May 31, 2024 at 10:57 PM
VIDEO: MLB adding players from the Negro Leagues to its official record books
May 30, 2024 at 12:49 PM

John Lennon's 'Help!' guitar sells for a record at auction

John Lennon's "Help!" guitar, previously thought lost for 50 years, sold at auction for a record $2.9 million.
May 30, 2024 at 12:49 PM
John Lennon attends an unspecified rally in Hyde Park, London, England, 1975.
1 month ago

40,000-year-old mammoth bones discovered in wine cellar

The Stone Age fossils were discovered by a winemaker in Austria while renovating his cellar.
1 month ago
Thomas Einwogerer and Hannah Parow-Souchon preparing the bones for recovery.
1 month ago

What scientists learned after reconstructing DNA of extinct New Zealand bird

Scientists have completed a complex reconstruction of a New Zealand bird that went extinct about 700 years ago.
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A rendering of a bush moa.
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Former student shares memories of school integration fight 70 years ago

A look at the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, through the eyes of the students then who fought against segregation.
1 month ago
VIDEO: A look at the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
1 month ago

Black astronauts say 90-year-old Ed Dwight's 1st trip to space was 'justice'

Following his historic first trip to space, 90-year-old Ed Dwight sat among three Black NASA astronauts who thanked him for pathing their way to orbit.
1 month ago
Ed Dwight celebrates as he exits the Mission NS-25 crew capsule, upon landing near the Blue Origin base near Van Horn, Texas, May 19, 2024.
1 month ago

10 Million Names helps Linsey Davis with her family tree

Linsey Davis travels to Georgia to learn more about her family tree.
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Linsey Davis travels to Georgia to find out more about her family history.
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Authorities continue hunt for 2 people who committed 'archeological theft'

Authorities are looking for two people who they say committed “archeological theft” at a U.S national park in Moab, Utah.
1 month ago
Authorities are looking for two people who they say committed “archeological theft” at a U.S national park in Moab, Utah.
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Members of 'Little Rock Nine' reflect on 70 years since Brown v. Board of Education

The "Little Rock Nine" were the first African American students to attend Little Rock Central High School following Brown v. Board.
1 month ago
Nine Black students attending Central High School are shown leaving the school under protection of Federalized Arkansas National Guardsmen, Oct. 9, 1957, in Little Rock, Ark.
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7 decades since Brown v. Board of Education, how diverse are US schools?

It has been 70 years since Brown v. Board of Education, but an ABC data analysis shows that racial demographics still vary significantly in the U.S. education system.
1 month ago
Nettie Hunt and her daughter Nickie sit on the steps of the Supreme Court. Nettie explains to her daughter the meaning of the high court's ruling in the Brown Vs. Board of Education case that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional, 1954.
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2 suspects sought in connection with archeological theft at national park: NPS

The National Park Service said it is seeking to identify two suspects captured on video removing artifacts from a cabinet at Canyonlands National Park in Utah.
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The National Park Service released stills of two suspects they are seeking to identify in an archeological theft it said occurred at Canyonlands National Park on March 23, 2024.
1 month ago

Why The Mirage is closing after 34 years

The Mirage Hotel and Casino is closing on the Las Vegas Strip after it was acquired by Hard Rock in 2022.
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The Mirage hotel-casino is seen, May 3, 2018, in Las Vegas.
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Senate considers making Black Wall Street a national monument

More than 100 years since the nation’s deadliest race massacre, the Senate is considering a bipartisan bill to grant national monument status to Greenwood, Oklahoma.
1 month ago
A group of people looking at smoke in the distance coming from damaged properties following the Tulsa Race Massacre, Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 1921.
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Democrats work to avoid protests at Chicago convention, with parallels to 1968

Protests at 1968's historic Democratic National Convention led to the arrest of hundreds of protesters. Could Democrats see the same at their 2024 convention?
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In this Aug. 28, 1968 file photo, police reroute demonstrators as they try to clear Grant Park during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
2 months ago

Tuskegee airman laid to rest nearly 80 years after he went missing

Second Lt. Fred L. Brewer Jr., a Tuskagee airman who went missing during World War II, is set to be laid to rest nearly 80 years after he went missing.
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Second Lieutenant Fred L. Brewer Jr. had been missing for almost 80 years, since a mission in Italy where he served as one of the Tuskegee Airmen. On December 6, Brewer was finally laid to rest in his home state of North Carolina.
2 months ago

Sylvester Stallone celebrates '50 incredible years' of 'The Lords of Flatbush'

Stallone marks 50 years of "The Lords of Flatbush" with photos from the film.
2 months ago
Paul Mace, Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, and Perry King in a publicity still from "The Lords of Flatbush," 1974.
2 months ago

Meet the megaraptor: Fossil footprints unearth new dinosaur

Large fossil footprints unearthed in China have led to the discovery of a "megaraptor" dinosaur, a relative of the velociraptor, a new study suggests.
2 months ago
Life reconstruction of the giant troodontid Fujianipus yingliangi, estimated hip height: 1.8 m.
2 months ago

New fossil footprints suggest large relative of well-known velociraptor

"Our animal is on par with the way raptors are depicted by Hollywood," said paleontologist Dr. Scott Persons of the discovery.
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"Our animal is on par with the way raptors are depicted by Hollywood," said paleontologist Dr. Scott Persons of the discovery.
2 months ago

Superintendent speaks out after time capsule from 1920 found in old high school

The capsule contained documents of the community from 1920.
2 months ago
A time capsule from 1920 was discovered during a demolition at an old high school in Minnesota.
2 months ago

Star Trek star pens children's book detailing time in US internment camp

George Takei, the actor who played Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek, has written a children's book about his time in a Japanese internment camp as a child.
2 months ago
George Takei makes a Vulcan salute as he attends the annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Dinner, in Washington, DC, on Oct. 29, 2022.
2 months ago

'Rosie the Riveters' awarded Congressional Gold Medal

The women of World War II were awarded Congress' highest civilian honor.
2 months ago
Twenty-eight so-called 'Rosie the Riveters,' women who entered the US defense workforce during WWII, pose for a group photo ahead of a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring their service in the US Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2024.
3 months ago

Art of Haring, Dali among lost works celebrated in revived amusement park

A group of artists, including Drake, have received a pop art amusement park featuring original pieces from Salvador Dali, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others.
3 months ago
Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy showcases an amusement park themed art show that was created in the '80s.
3 months ago

'White Supremacy Campaign' of 1898 a stain that will not escape history

The story of a violent 19th-century coup against Black businesses and integrated city hall was largely left untold, but now historians are working to honor those victims.
3 months ago
A sign in Wilmington, North Carolina acknowledges the violent 1898 coup by white supremacists.
3 months ago

New 270-million-year-old amphibian species could help explain evolution of frogs

Researchers at the Smithsonian have discovered a new ancient species of amphibians that could help explain how modern-day frogs evolved.
3 months ago
Newly discovered proto-amphibian, Kermitops (USNM PAL 407585) from the Department of Paleobiology collections at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. The species is named after Kermit the Frog.
3 months ago

'Most valuable treasure': $17 billion Spanish shipwreck from 1708 to be recovered

The shipwreck's deep-sea location, which remained a mystery until 2015, has been entangled in an international ownership debate.
3 months ago
Screen grab of a video released by the Colombian Presidency, June 6 2022, showing images of the wrecked Spanish galleon San Jose, off the coast of Cartagena, in the Caribbean Sea, Colombia.
3 months ago

'Complete mystery' as 1,800-year-old ancient Roman statue dug up in UK parking lot

A mysterious 1,800-year-old Roman statue has been discovered by a construction worker while he was digging up a parking lot.
3 months ago
A mysterious 1,800-year-old Roman statue has been discovered by a construction worker while he was digging up a parking lot in the United Kingdom.
3 months ago

4,000-year-old lipstick discovered in Iran believed to be the world's oldest: Study

The 2001 flooding of the Halil River Valley in Iran exhumed ancient ruins from what is believed to be the Bronze Age Marḫaši civilization.
3 months ago
The 2001 flooding of the Halil River Valley in Iran exhumed ancient ruins from what is believed to be the Bronze Age Marḫaši civilization.
3 months ago

4,000-year-old lipstick discovered in Iran believed to be the world's oldest: Study

The 2001 flooding of the Halil River Valley in Iran exhumed ancient ruins from what is believed to be the Bronze Age Marḫaši civilization.
3 months ago
The carved chlorite vial containing the cosmetic preparation.
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Inside one of Hollywood's largest archives of movie history

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has become the premier location for filmmakers and movie fans alike to get up close and personal with millions of movie artifacts.
3 months ago
An exterior view of The Academy Museum, April 15, 2021, in Los Angeles.