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February 26, 2024 at 6:32 PM

'A Different World' cast reuniting for HBCU tour more than 35 years after premiere

The cast of "A Different World" is reuniting for a 10-city tour of historically Black colleges and universities.
February 26, 2024 at 6:32 PM
'A Different World' cast reuniting for HBCU tour more than 35 years after premiere
February 23, 2024 at 7:10 PM

A World War II bomb prompted an evacuation in England before being taken to sea to be blown up

An unexploded World War II bomb has been safely transported through the eerily empty streets of the southwestern English port city of Plymouth
February 23, 2024 at 7:10 PM
Unexploded WWII bomb in English city to be transported by convoy, disposed of at sea
February 23, 2024 at 2:41 PM

Scientists announce discovery of 'very strange' 240 million-year-old 'Chinese dragon' fossil

Scientists in Scotland have revealed a remarkable discovery of a "very strange" 240 million-year-old "Chinese dragon" fossil.
February 23, 2024 at 2:41 PM
Scientists discover 'very strange' 240 million-year-old 'Chinese dragon' fossil
February 23, 2024 at 1:49 PM

Why an ancient lake that reemerged at Death Valley National Park will stick around

An ancient lake that reemerged at Death Valley National Park last year will stick around for longer than initially expected due to intense rain in the region.
February 23, 2024 at 1:49 PM
Why an ancient lake that reemerged at Death Valley National Park will stick around
February 22, 2024 at 10:10 PM

'Disgusting': MLK monument vandalized in Denver park during Black History Month

A monument honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. created by the nation's first Black astronaut-turned-sculpture was vandalized in a Denver park.
February 22, 2024 at 10:10 PM
'Disgusting': MLK monument vandalized in Denver park during Black History Month
February 21, 2024 at 4:24 PM

Meet the Megalosaurus, the name given to the 1st dinosaur 200 years ago

Tuesday marks the 200th anniversary of the first time a dinosaur was ever given a name by scientists: The Megalosaurus. Here's why it was so significant.
February 21, 2024 at 4:24 PM
A dinosaur was named for the 1st time 200 years ago. Here's why it's significant
February 20, 2024 at 11:02 PM

Welcome to the 'Hotel California' case: The trial over handwritten lyrics to an Eagles classic

“Hotel California” became one of rock's most indelible singles.
February 20, 2024 at 11:02 PM
Welcome to the 'Hotel California' case: Trial over handwritten lyrics to Eagles song
February 17, 2024 at 9:05 PM

A Black author takes a new look at Georgia's white founder and his failed attempt to ban slavery

He says Georgia's founder deserves credit for inspiring abolitionist movement.
February 17, 2024 at 9:05 PM
Black author looks at Georgia's white founder and his attempt to ban slavery
February 17, 2024 at 5:09 PM

Christian-nation idea fuels US conservative causes, but historians say it misreads founders' intent

But historians say the Christian-nation idea misreads founders' intent.
February 17, 2024 at 5:09 PM
February 14, 2024 at 6:00 PM

200-year-old 'national treasure' stolen from storage unit as police hunt for missing portrait of George Washington

A portrait of George Washington dating back more than 200 years has been stolen from a storage unit and cops are hunting for the art as well as the thieves who took it.
February 14, 2024 at 6:00 PM
200-year-old 'national treasure' stolen as police hunt missing George Washington art
February 14, 2024 at 12:52 AM

84-year-old shipwreck found in Lake Superior

Researchers found the wreckage of the S.S. Arlington, which went down in April 1940 while delivering a shipload of wheat to Ontario.
February 14, 2024 at 12:52 AM
84-year-old shipwreck found in Lake Superior
February 13, 2024 at 7:45 PM

Destroyed Jackie Robinson statue: Man charged in theft, other suspects still sought

A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with the theft and destruction of a statue of baseball legend Jackie Robinson that was stolen from a Kansas park.
February 13, 2024 at 7:45 PM
Suspect charged in connection with theft, destruction of Jackie Robinson statue
February 8, 2024 at 5:27 PM

Target pulls sticker set after mislabeling Civil Rights leaders

Target pulled a sticker set from its shelves after a TikTok by a history teacher pointed out the misidentification of Civil Rights leaders.
February 8, 2024 at 5:27 PM
Target pulls sticker set after mislabeling Civil Rights leaders
February 8, 2024 at 5:25 PM

Lesser-known moments in US history

Chenjerai Kumanyika, assistant professor at NYU's Journalism Institute and co-host of the podcast “Uncivil," discusses the lesser-known moments in American history, often not taught in school.
February 8, 2024 at 5:25 PM
Lesser-known moments in US history
February 7, 2024 at 8:56 PM

New flying dinosaur skeleton discovered on Isle of Skye in Scotland

Scientists announced the discovery of a winged dinosaur species skeleton that was found on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
February 7, 2024 at 8:56 PM
Skeleton of new flying dinosaur species discovered on beach
1 month ago

Controversial Egypt pyramid renovation likely to be rolled back

A plan to cover one of Egypt’s Giza Pyramids with granite cladding will likely not be possible given rock nature and international archaeological restoration law.
1 month ago
Controversial Egypt pyramid renovation likely to be rolled back
1 month ago

Historians share lesser-known moments in US Black history

The fight for voting rights was a dangerous and sometimes fatal fight for Black activists.
1 month ago
Historians share lesser-known moments in US Black history
1 month ago

Celebrating the history of breakdancing

"GMA" explores the 40-year evolution of breakdancing, which will make its debut as an Olympic sport this year, and puts the spotlight on a performance by the Dynamic Rockers.
1 month ago
Celebrating the history of breakdancing
1 month ago

Stolen Jackie Robinson statue found burned, dismantled in trash can: Police

A statue of baseball legend Jackie Robinson stolen from a Kansas park was found dismantled and burned in a trash can fire Tuesday morning.
1 month ago
Stolen Jackie Robinson statue found burned, dismantled in trash can: Police
1 month ago

Jackie Robinson statue stolen from Kansas park; authorities offering up to $7,500 reward for tips

Authorities are offering up to $7,500 in rewards for tips after a statue of baseball legend Jackie Robinson was stolen from a park in Wichita, Kansas.
1 month ago
Jackie Robinson statue cut off at ankles, stolen from park
1 month ago

Historic church collapses in Connecticut

Video captured the steeple of the First Congregational Church in New London collapsing. Officials said no one is believed to have suffered major injuries.
1 month ago
Historic church collapses in Connecticut
1 month ago

Gustav Klimt portrait found after vanishing nearly 100 years ago

One of the last paintings by the renowned Austrian artist Gustav Klimt has miraculously been found after vanishing nearly 100 years ago.
1 month ago
Gustav Klimt portrait found after vanishing nearly 100 years ago
1 month ago

South Africa seeks to halt auction of Mandela’s personal items

South Africa has announced it is set to challenge a New York auction of dozens artifacts and personal items belonging to former South African president Nelson Mandela.
1 month ago
South Africa seeks to halt auction of Mandela’s personal items
1 month ago

'Abbott Elementary' star Quinta Brunson is 1st Black woman to win best comedic actress Emmy in over 40 years

The last Black actress to win the award starred in "The Jeffersons."
1 month ago
Quinta Brunson is 1st Black woman to win best comedic actress Emmy in over 40 years
2 months ago

New dinosaur discovery may be the closest relative to Tyrannosaurus rex, scientists say

Paleontologists have discovered a new species of dinosaur that could be the closest-known relative of the famed Tyrannosaurus rex.
2 months ago
New dinosaur discovery may be the closest relative to Tyrannosaurus rex: Study
2 months ago

Historian and author discusses new documentary

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discusses his documentary, “Stamped from the Beginning,” which chronicles the story of anti-Black racist ideas.
2 months ago
Historian and author discusses new documentary
2 months ago

'A pioneer': Biden eulogizes Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st female Supreme Court justice

Funeral services for Sandra Day O'Connor, who broke barriers as the first woman to ever serve as a Supreme Court justice, were held at the National Cathedral.
2 months ago
'A pioneer': Biden eulogizes Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st female Supreme Court justice
2 months ago

Shonda Rhimes to honor Emmett Till's story with new passion project

Shonda Rhimes talks about a new project she's taking on that honors Emmett Till's story.
2 months ago
Shonda Rhimes to honor Emmett Till's story with new passion project
2 months ago

Family on fishing trip thought their sonar detected an octopus. It was a shipwreck missing for 152 years

A father and his daughter who were fishing on Lake Michigan were surprised when their sonar discovered what they thought was an octopus lurking beneath their vessel.
2 months ago
Family thought sonar detected an octopus. It was a shipwreck missing for 152 years
3 months ago

The last flight home: Tuskegee airman laid to rest nearly 80 years after he went missing

Second Lieutenant 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.
3 months ago
Tuskegee airman laid to rest nearly 80 years after he went missing
4 months ago

'Last' Beatles song to be released

New details reveal how the band finished "Now and Then” four decades after John Lennon first wrote it.
4 months ago
'Last' Beatles song to be released
4 months ago

Analysis: Palestinians are 'stateless' but united by longing for peace, say historians

Palestinian historians talk with ABC News about their culture and the long struggle for equality amid the Israel-Gaza conflict.
4 months ago
Analysis: Palestinians are 'stateless' but united by desire for peace, say historians
4 months ago

Tulsa massacre survivor speaks out

"GMA3" co-anchor DeMarco Morgan sits down with members of the community to speak about how they are restoring and rebuilding the community.
4 months ago
Tulsa massacre survivor speaks out
5 months ago

Pennsylvania mummy known as 'Stoneman Willie' identified after 128 years of mystery

After more than a century of being kept at a Reading, Pennsylvania, funeral home, a corpse that was mummified has been identified, according to the funeral home.
5 months ago
Pennsylvania mummy known as 'Stoneman Willie' identified after 128 years of mystery
5 months ago

Mummified man set to be buried after 128 years

The man, who died of kidney failure in a Reading, Pennsylvania, jail, was accidentally mummified by a mortician in 1895.
5 months ago
 Mummified man set to be buried after 128 years
5 months ago

Famous 'Sycamore Gap tree' in northern England found cut down overnight

The tree was featured in the film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."
5 months ago
Famous 'Sycamore Gap tree' in northern England found cut down overnight
5 months ago

Famous 'Sycamore Gap tree' in northern England found cut down overnight; 16-year-old arrested

Authorities in England have arrested a 16-year-old boy after one of the most famous trees in the world was cut down overnight Thursday.
5 months ago
Famous 'Sycamore Gap tree' found cut down overnight; teen arrested
5 months ago

Remembering the Birmingham church bombing, 60 years later

DeMarco Morgan explores the tragedy and sits down with Sarah Collins Rudolph, who survived the tragic day that stole the lives of four young girls in 1963.
5 months ago
Remembering the Birmingham church bombing, 60 years later
5 months ago

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson says 'whole truth' about Black history must be taught

Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson marked the 60th anniversary of the Birmingham, Ala., church bombing and called for vigilance in teaching civil rights history.
5 months ago
Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson says 'whole truth' about Black history must be taught
6 months ago

Author traces 'surprising history' of words that label women and their lives

In an interview, Dr. Jenni Nuttall gives examples of words she presents in the book and how her work with students and conversations at home inspired her to write it.
6 months ago
Author traces 'surprising history' of words that label women and their lives
6 months ago

Archaeologists discover 1,000-year-old mummy in Peru

Archaeologists have discovered a 1,000-year-old mummy -- believed to be of an adult individual -- in Peru’s capital, Lima.
6 months ago
Archaeologists discover 1,000-year-old mummy in one of South America's biggest cities
6 months ago

Archaeologists discover 1,000-year-old mummy in Peru

The 1,000-year-old mummy, which was discovered at the Huaca Pucllana archaeological site in Lima, was found alongside two ceramic vessels and textiles.
6 months ago
Archaeologists discover 1,000-year-old mummy in Peru
6 months ago

Vietnam vet awarded Medal of Honor 55 years later for daring helicopter rescue

President Biden presented the award to U.S. Army helicopter pilot Larry Taylor.
6 months ago
Vietnam vet awarded Medal of Honor 55 years later for daring helicopter rescue
6 months ago

Why Titanic continues to captivate more than 100 years after its sinking

The Titanic has intrigued the public from the moment it tragically crashed into an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sank on April 15, 1912.
6 months ago
Why Titanic continues to captivate more than 100 years after its sinking
6 months ago

'10 Million Names': Learn more about the history of enslaved people of African descent, freedom colonies

The 10 Million Names Project is working to recover the names of the 10 million people of African descent who were enslaved before 1865 in the present-day United States.
6 months ago
'10 Million Names': Learn more about the history of enslaved people
7 months ago

Hip-hop at 50: Breaking pioneer Tony 'Mr. Wave' Wesley recalls history of dance style

ABC News spoke to famed break dancer Tony “Mr. Wave” Wesley, a fixture in the early hip-hop scene, at the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx, New York.
7 months ago
Breaking pioneer Tony 'Mr. Wave' Wesley recalls history of dance style
7 months ago

Scientists discover new species of miniature ancient whale that lived about 41 million years ago

Scientists have identified a new species of ancient miniature whale, which is now thought to be the smallest known basilosaurid to ever exist.
7 months ago
This new ancient species is thought to be the ancestor of all dolphins and whales
7 months ago

Loch Ness Center calling for all monster hunters

The Loch Ness center in Scotland is looking for volunteers to join its effort to search for infamous the “Loch Ness monster.”
7 months ago
Loch Ness Center calling for all monster hunters
7 months ago

Rock icon Freddie Mercury pre-auction exhibition opens in London

A Sotheby's exhibit featuring Queen rock icon Freddie Mercury's performance and personal items has opened in London.
7 months ago
Freddie Mercury pre-auction exhibit features rock icon's possessions
7 months ago

'A superb dig': Archeologists uncover ruins believed to be Roman Emperor Nero's theater near Vatican

Daniela Porro, special superintendent of Rome, said this "exceptional" discovery is believed to be the place where Nero rehearsed poetry and musical performances.
7 months ago
Ruins uncovered near Vatican believed to be Emperor Nero’s theater