U.S. History

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy [video]

People across the world still strive to realize Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality for all. Learn more about King's lasting impact.
Illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. above street sign bearing his name (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Where streets have one name: Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn what inspired dozens of countries to name thousands of streets after Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy is honored every January in the U.S.
People in hard hats standing amid destroyed buildings and rubble (© Alejandro Pagni/AP Images)

Beyond the pale: Iranian regime’s pattern of depravity

The unprovoked aggression of Iran's leaders spans decades. Learn more about some of the most violent acts of an outlaw regime.
A multicolored shape against black background (NOAA)

Protecting the Titanic wreck site

The Titanic is an important historical artifact. Under an agreement that has now come into force, the wreck site will be protected and secured.
Cherrie Daniels smiles at the camera (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

U.S. special envoy for Holocaust issues looks to the past —...

Learn how diplomat Cherrie Daniels approaches her new job, and why she believes Holocaust education is essential for young people.
Side-by-side black-and-white photos of three female NASA employees (© Bob Nye/NASA/Interim Archives/Getty Images; © Bob Nye/NASA/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images;© NASA/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

Congressional Gold Medals for NASA’s ‘hidden figures’

Four African-American women who were instrumental in launching the U.S. space program are getting the highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress.
People gathered around statue (© Markus Schreiber/AP Images)

Expressions of freedom in Berlin [infographics]

As the world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, here are some notable quotes about freedom from the past and today to share.
Ronald Reagan waving, with East German flag behind him on other side of gate (© Ira Schwartz/AP Images)

The speech that helped bring down the Berlin Wall

In 1987, President Reagan called upon Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the wall dividing Germany and Europe.
Photo of Pompeo with text about importance of veterans and service (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)

November 11: A celebration of military veterans [infographic]

Veterans Day is a November federal holiday in the United States that celebrates those who have served in the armed forces.