World History

A radioactivity sign in Chernobyl, Ukraine.

Some of the worst environmental disasters of the past 50 years

From the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, these are some of the worst environmental disasters of the past 50 years.

 | Scripps News Staff

A man sits in the rubble of collapsed collapsed building in Antakya, Turkey

Here's a look at the deadliest earthquakes in the past 500 years

Some earthquakes are never felt and others have devastating and deadly consequences.

 | Scripps News Staff

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City

Push for change as only 18 states require Holocaust education

A majority of states don't require Holocaust history in education curriculum. Survivor family members and museum curators are trying to change that.

 | Alexandra Miller

A hologram of Aaron Elster is shown.

At the Illinois Holocaust Museum, holograms forever preserve survivors

Scripps News revisits the Illinois Holocaust Museum to hear from a survivor whose likeness and memories are preserved in holographic form.

 | Ben Schamisso

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF).

Comet not seen in 50,000 years to pass by Earth. Here's how to watch:

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is forecasted to be the brightest from January 31 to February 1. Experts say it will be most visible just before dawn.

 | Chloe Nordquist

Silver cups are shown.

Hidden treasures likely owned by Jews 80 years ago unearthed in Poland

Many suspect the hundreds of items construction crews dug up in Lodz, Poland belonged to Jews who were hiding their valuables from the Germans.

 | Maritsa Georgiou

The runestone found at Tyrifjorden, Norway, is shown at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo

Norway archaeologists find 'world's oldest runestone'

The Svingerud stone has carved scribbles, which may be the earliest example of words recorded in writing in Scandinavia.

 | AP

An ancient wooden sarcophagus.

Looted Ancient Sarcophagus Returned To Egypt From The U.S.

The sarcophagus, almost 9.5 feet tall, may have belonged to an ancient priest named Ankhenmaat. It was smuggled through Germany into the U.S. in 2008.

 | AP

Queen Elizabeth II

Notable Deaths In 2022: 22 People We Lost This Year

These are the singers, actors, politicians, athletes and other notorious people who died this year.

 | Marie Rossiter

An illustration provided by researchers depicts Kap Kobenhavn, Greenland, two million years ago

Oldest DNA Reveals Life In Greenland 2 Million Years Ago

Researchers were able to get genetic information out of the small, damaged bits of DNA to reveal what life was like 2 million years ago in Greenland.

 | AP

A genealogy testing kit for Ancestry/DNA.

Holocaust Survivors Offered DNA Tests To Help Find Family

The New York-based Center for Jewish History is launching a project offering DNA testing kits for free to Holocaust survivors and their children.

 | AP

Adventurers ski down a snowy mountain in Antarctica.

The Pursuit Of Endurance

Nine international adventurers follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest legends of the golden age of polar exploration: Ernest Shackleton.

 | Sagax Entertainment and Puzzle Media

A researcher excavates a cave.

Ancient DNA Gives Rare Snapshot Of Neanderthal Family Ties

DNA pulled from bones in Siberian caves suggests Neanderthals lived together in small communities of 10 to 20 individuals more than 50,000 years ago.

 | AP

photos from inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Descendants Of Holocaust Survivors Meet In Washington, D.C.

Newsy's Sasha Ingber and a small group of other descendants of Holocaust survivors met in D.C. where they welcomed a historian to give them insight.

 | Sasha Ingber

The Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1.

Diana's Car Auctioned As 25th Anniversary Of Her Death Nears

Diana drove the black Ford Escort RS Turbo from 1985 to 1988.

 | AP

Students perform the traditional Filipino cultural dance Tinikling

Georgia Tech Students Put A Spotlight On Traditional Philippine Dance

At Georgia Tech, a group of students are putting a modern spin on the traditional Philippine folk dance known as Tinikling.

 | Cat Sandoval

Navajo Code Talkers

Behind The Lens: The Journey Documenting Navajo Code Talkers

Japanese photographer Kenji Kawano is working on a project nearly 5 decades in the making: preserving the legacy of Navajo Nation Code Talkers.

 | Meg Hilling

A view of the stern of the wreck of Endurance

Endurance: Explorer Shackleton's Ship Found After A Century

In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out on a British expedition to cross Antarctica. But in 1915, the ship got stuck and the crew abandoned it.

 | Clayton Sandell and AP

Family photos

80th Anniversary Of Japanese Internment Camps In The U.S.

Saturday, Jan. 19 marks the 80th anniversary of Pres. Roosevelt's executive order that authorized placement of 122,000 Japanese-Americans in camps.

 | Cat Sandoval

Queen Elizabeth II of England

Britain's Monarchy, Explained

Why does the U.K. still have a monarchy?

 | Scripps News Staff

Protesters march in France to denounce a COVID health pass needed to access restaurants and other services.

In France, Anti-Vax Fury, Politics Make Public Service Risky

As France faces election season, fury among opponents of COVID vaccines increasingly bubbles over into violence directed at elected representatives.

 | AP

People are seen arriving at the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp

The World Remembers The Holocaust As Antisemitism Rises In Pandemic

Commemorations are taking place amid a rise of antisemitism that gained traction during lockdowns as the pandemic exacerbated hatred online.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Volunteers load a truck.

Inside The Effort To Welcome Afghan Refugees

The Biden administration tapped nine social services agencies to help Afghan refugees transition to life in the U.S.

 | Scripps

A photo of a dog.

American Woman Rushes To Evacuate Staff, Animals From Shelter In Kabul

Charlotte Maxwell-Jones started a veterinary clinic and animal rescue in Kabul.

 | Kabul Small Animal Rescue

Martin Adler, a 97-year-old retired American soldier, embraces two Italians whom he saved as children during WWII.

WWII Veteran Reunited With Italian Children He Saved In 1944

97-year-old retired American soldier Martin Adler met the three siblings in person for the first time since the war.

 | AP

View of a tomb located east of Pompeii's urban center.

Well-Preserved Skeletal Remains Provide Evidence Of Greek In Pompeii

Experts say an inscription of the tomb is the first evidence that Greek, the language of culture in the Mediterranean, was used alongside Latin.

 | AP

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga offers a wreath in front of the cenotaph dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing

Hiroshima Marks 76th Anniversary Of U.S. Atomic Bombing

The government began to medically support certified survivors in 1968 after more than 20 years of effort by the survivors.

 | AP

Artist sits by her work.

KMGH: Holocaust Survivor Inspires Others Through Art

The 97-year-old artist's work is available in a Boulder, Colorado, art gallery.


Soviet war veteran David Dushman at 92 years old

Last Auschwitz Liberator Dies At 98 Years Old

David Dushman was 98 years old.

 | Katherine Biek

U.S. Marines in Afghanistan

U.S. Military Pullout From Afghanistan Beginning After Nearly 20 Years

After nearly 20 years, President Joe Biden says the U.S. military is exiting Afghanistan.

 | Meg Hilling