U.S. History

A handwritten copy of "Letter from Birmingham Jail" is displayed at the preview of "The Martin Luther King Collection."

'Letter from Birmingham Jail': The injustice of silence

Today, that letter written from the inside of a cell, has been reproduced dozens of times and read annually by members of the U.S. Senate.

 | Amber Strong

President Joe Biden, center, holds hands with Sen. Raphael Warnock, second from left, and former Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Biden: 'We should pay attention' to MLK's legacy

Biden said his message on Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday is to “choose democracy over autocracy, a beloved community over chaos."

 | Stephanie Sandoval

Insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol.

Specific Violent Details Revealed In Video Of Jan. 6 Attackers

One video made public was the body-worn camera footage captured by Michael Fanone, a former MPD officer, who was beaten and tased by attackers.

 | Lori Jane Gliha

The Bruce family attend the dedication ceremony for Bruce's Beach.

Family To Sell Bruce's Beach Back To Los Angeles County For $20M

Charles and Willa Bruce's beachfront land was taken under eminent domain in the 1920s. Los Angeles County gave it back to the family last year.

 | James Packard

A woman stands by a lake.

California Seeks Sterilization Victims To Pay Reparations

California had the nation's largest forced sterilization program, beginning in 1909. Some women were even sterilized in prisons about a decade ago.

 | AP

Girl browses toys at a store.

Why Are Toys Ingrained In Our Culture?

The history of toys in America goes way back in time and some industry experts say they're more than just what we see on store shelves.

 | Casey Mendoza

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Sign sign

There's An Increase In U.S. Historic Site Tourism

Consultancy Longwoods International's CEO says more people are traveling for the purpose of drawing their own conclusions on American history.

 | Vanessa Misciagna

President Dwight Eisenhower poses with President-elect John F. Kennedy at the White House in Washington

Lawyer Suing For JFK Assassination Files Awaits Release

New York Attorney Larry Schnapf filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden and the National Archives in October.

 | Sasha Ingber

Charles Graves dressed as Santa Claus.

Why Is Santa Claus Dressed In Red?

Early depictions show Santa Claus in yellow, green, even stars and stripes. So why do we always see jolly old St. Nicholas dressed in red?

 | Casey Mendoza

An artist's rendering of Whitney Minter standing as she represents Abu Agela Mohammad Mas'ud Kheir Al-Marimi in court.

Investigators, Families Have Waited 34 Years For Lockerbie Charges

A Libyan man accused of making the bomb that took down a Pan Am plane in 1988 sits in U.S. custody, according to U.S. and Scottish officials.

 | Sasha Ingber

President John F. Kennedy rides in a motorcade with his wife Jacqueline moments before he was shot and killed in Dallas, Tx.

New Documents Relating To JFK's Assassination Could Be Released

Will we finally learn what actually happened in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963?

 | Diana Zito

President Biden's granddaughter, Naomi, and her fiancé Peter Neal

Biden's Granddaughter To Exchange Vows In White House's 19th Wedding

Naomi Biden and Peter Neal's wedding will be the first to take place on the South Lawn, but the 19th wedding hosted at the White House.

 | Kellan Howell

Houston Astros pitchers after a combined no-hitter in the 2022 World Series.

Javier, Astros Pitch 2nd No-Hitter In World Series History

Pitchers Christian Javier, Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly held the Phillies hitless for the first World Series no-hitter since 1956.

 | AP

A woman dressed as a witch smiles.

How Witches Went From Folklore To Feminist Icons

Witches have complex history, but the community surrounding them is growing in a somewhat positive way.

 | Scripps News Staff

Man walks by a formerly sunken boat at Lake Mead.

Divers Find More Human Remains At Receding Lake Mead

The discovery marked at least the sixth time since early May that human remains have been discovered as the lake shrinks due to drought.

 | AP

A group prays during a small ceremony as remains from a mass grave are re-interred at Oaklawn Cemetery

Exhumations Resume For DNA To ID Tulsa Race Massacre Victims

The 14 sets of remains will be sent to a forensics lab in Utah that is helping scientists match victims to descendants through genetic testing.

 | AP

Hollywood icon Anna May Wong

Hollywood Icon Anna May Wong To Be 1st Asian-American On U.S. Currency

Anna May Wong is widely credited as the first Chinese-American movie star.

 | Bridget Sharkey

A photo from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis is shown.

Museum Seeks To Teach Kids The Legacy, Humanity Of Emmett Till

Museums are helping fill some gaps in the teachings of America's racist history, with one Indianapolis exhibit sharing Emmett Till's story.

 | Amber Strong

Mandalay Bay Hotel

5 Years Later, The Las Vegas Mass Shooting Still Shapes Public Events

Saturday marks five years since a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd in Las Vegas, forever changing the way Americans attend public events.

 | Axel Turcios

Waves crash in Tampa ahead of Hurricane Ian.

What's Changed Since Tampa's Last Big Hurricane 100 Years Ago

Though Tampa, Florida has struggled with past storms, one historian says it's now better prepared ahead of Hurricane Ian.

 | Haley Bull

Electricity poles and lines lay toppled on the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of Puerto Rico

This Year Marks The Fifth Anniversary Of Hurricanes Maria And Irma

Five years on, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still rebuilding and repairing after hurricanes Irma and Maria.

 | Scripps News Staff

U.S. President Joe Biden.

The U.S. Marks The 21st Anniversary Of The 9/11 Terror Attacks

The ceremonies also come one month after a U.S. drone strike killed Ayman al-Zawahri, a key Al-Qaeda leader who helped plan the attacks.

 | Kellan Howell

First responders salute in a driving rain as a U.S. flag is unfurled at the Pentagon in Washington.

U.S. Marks 21st Anniversary Of 9/11 Terror Attacks

Victims' relatives and dignitaries are convening at the places where hijacked jets crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.

 | AP

A child visits the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York

9/11 Memorials Stretch Across The U.S. To Honor And Educate

As we inch closer to the 9/11 anniversary, memorials will become a gathering place – for people to mourn and for younger generations to learn.

 | Adi Guajardo

New York Yankees All-Star Aaron Judge.

Yankees' Judge Hits Home Run 55, Nears American League Record

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is on pace to hit 65 home runs, which would surpass the record 61 set by fellow Yankee Roger Maris in 1961.

 | Gage Jackson

The White House

The Law Behind Presidential Records Belonging To The National Archives

Congress passed the Presidential Records Act after Watergate, preserving documents that otherwise would have been Pres. Nixon's personal property.

 | Lauren Magarino and Scripps News Staff

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds a hearing on "Freedmen" provisions in tribal treaties.

Freedmen Fight For Tribal Citizenship On Legal Path Marred By Politics

The descendants of formerly enslaved tribal citizens have been fighting on a rocky legal path for two decades for their right to be citizens.

 | Allison Herrera

1780 letter from Alexander Hamilton to the Marquis de Lafayette.

Long-Missing Alexander Hamilton Letter Put On Public Display

The letter was believed to have been stolen during World War II by a state archives worker.

 | AP

Juneteenth flag

The History And Modern Celebration Of Juneteenth

One year ago, President Joe Biden signed the law establishing June 19 as a U.S. holiday.

 | Del Walters

Would-be Pres. Ronald Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr.

Would-be Reagan Assassin John Hinckley Jr. Released From Oversight

John Hinckley Jr. — the man who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981 — has been freed from court oversight.

 | Clayton Sandell