World History

Explore the topics below to learn about events in World History through newspaper articles and clippings.

"Company of Boxers, Tien-Tsin, China" 1901

Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion, Boxer Uprising, or Yihetuan Movement was an anti-foreign, anti-colonial, and anti-Christian uprising that took place in China between 1899 and 1901, toward the end of the Qing dynasty. They were motivated by proto-nationalist sentiments and by opposition to Western colonialism and the Christian missionary activity that was associated with it. Wikipedia Learn …Read More

Chernobyl Disaster newspaper headline (The Morning Call via Newspapers.com)

Chernobyl Disaster

On April 26, 1986, a Soviet nuclear power plant near Chernobyl, Ukraine, became the site of the most disastrous nuclear accident in history, when it experienced explosions at one of its reactors. Disaster In the early hours of April 26, a planned simulation of an electrical power outage resulted in an uncontrolled nuclear reaction at …Read More

"An Irish Peasant Family Discovering the Blight of their Store," by Daniel MacDonald, c. 1847

Irish Potato Famine

The Great Famine (Irish: an Gorta Mór) or the Great Hunger was a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1849. With the greatest impacted areas to the west and south of Ireland. During the famine, about one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the …Read More

Artists rendering of "a suspicious character" during Jack the Ripper era in London

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper is the name given to an unknown person who, in the fall of 1888, murdered at least five women in London’s Whitechapel district. His identity has never been uncovered, and his case remains one of the most famous unsolved criminal mysteries in history. Murder in Whitechapel Though as many as eleven murders …Read More

Howard Carter studies Tutankhamun's sarcophagus, 1922

King Tut’s Tomb

King Tut’s Tomb is the burial place of the young king of ancient Egypt, Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun Known as the “boy king,” Tutankhamun reigned from 1333 to 1323 BCE, coming to rule when he was less than ten years old. Though an unexpected early death at age 19 cut his reign short, the discovery of his …Read More

A ship sails through the Panama Canal in 1915

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is a 48-mile-long man-made waterway located in Central America. It connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through a series of locks, channels, and artificial lakes. The canal was begun by the French in the late 1800s, but that project ended in failure. It became the pet project of President Theodore Roosevelt, and …Read More

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

Victoria (born May 24, 1819; died January 22, 1901) was queen of the United Kingdom between 1837 and 1901 and Empress of India from 1876 onwards. Her reign lasted 63 years, longer than that of any of her predecessors. Early Years Born Alexandrina Victoria, the future queen was raised largely in isolation by her mother …Read More

RMS Titanic

RMS Titanic

Titanic Facts and History Overview RMS Titanic was a British luxury passenger ship that sank on April 14-15, 1912, during its maiden voyage. Around 1,500 of the estimated 2,240 passengers and crew perished in the sinking, and the now-famous disaster has become the legendary subject of numerous books and movies. Building of the Titanic The …Read More

Newspaper headline about the Rwandan Genocide (Alexandria Daily Town Talk, via Newspapers.com)

Rwandan Genocide

The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, …Read More