Throughout the 20th century, NASA made extensive use of wind tunnels to test and refine designs for airplanes, spacecraft, and many other vehicles and structures.
On May 12, 2008, a magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck beneath a mountainous region in south-central China, toppling buildings and sending landslides crashing into cities, resulting in nearly 70,000 deaths.
As we wait to see how today’s eruptions in Hawaii will play out, take a moment to view some of Kilauea’s most striking photos from the Mauna Ulu eruption, which ended only 40 years ago.
In 1918, the American photographer Lewis Hine traveled across France, photographing refugee families, orphaned children, wounded and shell-shocked soldiers, the nurses and volunteers who cared for them all, and the ruined buildings they fled.
Today marks the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On April 26, 1986, technicians conducting a test inadvertently caused the fourth reactor to explode, causing the world’s worst civil nuclear disaster.
As the Trumps prepare to host their first state dinner on Tuesday, a look back at state dinners held by past U.S. presidents, from Eisenhower to Obama.
One hundred years ago, an outbreak of influenza spread rapidly across the world, and killed more than 50 million—and possibly as many as 100 million—people within 15 months.
Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I've Been to the Mountaintop” speech in Memphis, one day before his assassination. After this champion of nonviolent protest was murdered, riots broke out in more than 100 cities across the U.S.
Fifteen years ago, the bombs started falling on Baghdad. While the invasion was quick, the Iraq War was anything but.
A collection of images by Toni Frissell, a talented photographer who covered fashion, war, celebrity, and ordinary life from the 1930s to the 1960s.
A grab bag of interesting, seldom-seen historic images depicting myriad people, places, and and things—from epic achievements to small moments.
A half-century ago, much of the world appeared to be in a state of crisis, with protests around the world, the Vietnam War, and the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy. But there was some progress to be found as well.
With only a few days left until Christmas, I thought it might be fun to take a look at celebrations and preparations from years past.
A journey along the historic Silk Road, traveling from east to west, from Xi’an, China, to Tyre, Lebanon.
Russia is marking the 100th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution on November 7, 2017.
Photographer Peter Campbell captured many scenes from the 1939 New York World's Fair in full color, both during the day and at night.
On this day, the 160th anniversary of the founding of our illustrious magazine, The Atlantic, I invite you to pause and let yourself be transported back to the year 1857.
Four decades ago Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 39th president of the U.S., the original Star Wars movie was released in theaters, and much more.
In August of 1977, the first of two identical robotic probes was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, bound for our outermost planets and beyond.
Photographer Russell Lee, while working for the FSA/OWI visited the small town of Vale, Oregon, on the Fourth of July in 1941.
In recognition of the warmer weather in the northern hemisphere, this is an invitation to take some time, go outside, and set a kite aloft.
In the United States, the German American Bund, an American Nazi organization, was formed in 1936, and soon grew to have tens of thousands of members.
On April 6, 1917, the United States congress voted to formally enter World War I.
On March 30, 1867, the United States gave the government of Russia a check for $7.2 million and took possession of a vast new land that became the Alaska Territory.
A “Grand Tattoo” in Berlin, a trapped raccoon in Florida, pole vaulting in Peru, mutton bustin' in Iowa, a Diplodocus in Germany, wildfires in Greece, spear fishing in Maine, and much more.
Images of Liberty Enlightening the World, taken over more than 130 years
Images from a cultural touchstone event that took place 50 years ago this week
Clashes in Kyrgyzstan, the Amsterdam Canal Pride Parade, memorials for shooting victims in the U.S., the Jember Fashion Carnaval in Indonesia, animal rescue in Colombia, the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, and much more