World History

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

"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

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