These black-and-white photographs from the Civil War, World War I & II, & Communist Germany are rarely seen by the public. Check world history in pictures.

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From the first photo of Maya ruins to World War II to Steve Jobs & Bill Gates’ beginnings, these historical pictures capture humanities ebb and flow of war and peace.

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City Ruins.

August 6 is the 69-year anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Remember with these pictures of the aftermath.

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Do you love history? Check out these cool pictures from one of the first pics of the Sphinx to color prints of Nazi war planes to Woodstock and more. Fascinating.

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Remembering World War One On The Home Front

WWI began exactly 100 years ago when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. Check out these cool pictures of war life in 1914, juxtaposed with modern pics.

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Chris Cheng won The History Channel’s “Top Shot” season 4. Watch as he demonstrates shooting a Benelli M2 with a SilencerCo “Salvo” 12 gauge suppressor.

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The Declaration of Independence announced the American colonies’ formal secession from Britain on July 4, 1776. The declaration’s date gave way to Independence Day, which is celebrated every year on July 4.

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To celebrate the 4th of July, here’s the full text of the Declaration of Independence, written in the summer of 1776.

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Louis Zamperini is dead at 97. He ran track in the 1936 Olympics, was tortured by the Japanese in WWII, and was the subject of a new movie.

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The summer solstice 2014 is on Saturday, June 21. It’s the longest day of the year, and the first day of summer. Here is everything you need to know.

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D-Day 2014, 70th Anniversary

What you need to know about D–Day, on this the 70th anniversary of the turning point in World War II.

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Friday, June 6, 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied landings at Normandy in France. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

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