U.S. history

Illustration of fireworks on the National Mall (State Dept./D. Thompson)

A lot of history happened on July 4

On July 4, 1776, America's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Do you know about other events in U.S. history that fell on the Fourth?
Couple embracing while watching fireworks (© John Minchillo/AP Images)

Fireworks light up the sky on the 4th of July [video]

Every year on July 4, communities across the U.S. gather to watch patriotic-themed fireworks in celebration of Independence Day.
Megan Rapinoe smiling with arms outstretched in soccer stadium (© Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Title IX: Protecting equality in the U.S. for 50 years

What is Title IX and how does it apply to sectors beyond education and sports in the United States? Learn more here.
Hands gripping large rainbow cloth stretching along street (© Nelson Antoine/AP Images)

Honoring Pride worldwide [photo gallery]

Today's Pride events celebrate diversity and emphasize the LGBTQI+ community's desire for equal rights and justice.
Man reading to young girl (U.S. Embassy San José)

U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica follows in her father’s footsteps

As the U.S. celebrates Father's Day, U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Cynthia Telles shares memories of her father, who once held that post.
Historic photo of dust cloud approaching buildings (© AP Images)

U.S. scientists work to stave off desertification

U.S. scientists are developing new approaches to reduce desertification and in some cases return harmed land to its earlier fertile condition.
Two women dressed in dark blue, wearing hats (© Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP Images)

How cities across the U.S. observe Juneteenth [photo gallery]

Learn how the Juneteenth holiday began and how it honors past generations of African Americans while looking ahead to the future.
Combo photo showing two men and two women posing for portraits (© Bettmann/Getty Images; © Sabina Louise Pierce/The New York Times/Redux; © Richard Drew/AP Images; © Jacquelyn Martin/AP Images)

LGBTQI+ people: Making history throughout history

June is Pride Month. Meet some of the amazing members of the LGBTQI+ community who made history in their fields.
People standing next to U.S. flag and flowers on beach (© David Vincent/AP Images)

D-Day anniversary prompts reflection

Remembering D-Day, a pivotal Allied victory during World War II, links the struggles against tyranny in the 20th and 21st centuries.