U.S. history

Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower (© Keystone/Getty Images)

Learn why these Americans are honorary British knights and dames

Dozens of American citizens, from actors to politicians to preachers, have joined the ranks of British knighthood through their varied contributions to the U.K. and the world.
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A look at the world’s largest stock exchange

Located on Wall Street in New York City, the New York Stock Exchange is a global exchange for many of today's biggest and most innovative companies.
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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.
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As new Americans become citizens, July 4 is a special day

Immigrants from around the world will be sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizens on America’s Independence Day.
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U.S. issues 10 millionth patent protecting inventors

President Trump has signed the 10 millionth U.S. patent, which went to an improved laser-detection method that could help pilot self-driving cars.
Woman in helmet and breastplate in front of women and girls in Greek costume in front of neoclassical building (Library of Congress)

An inspiration for women fighting for their rights

Women who fought for the vote in the U.S. faced stiff opposition. The way they prevailed serves as an example for women around the world fighting for their rights.
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The right to religious freedom [video]

Religious freedom is a universal human right and a founding principle of the United States.
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U.S. vice president’s wife welcomes Japan’s Akie Abe

Akie Abe, wife of Japan's prime minister, pays a visit to Karen Pence at the residence of the U.S. vice president in Washington.
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In the U.S., people power dismantled political machines

A century ago, corrupt political machines that made their leaders rich thrived in U.S. cities. But people came together to reform the system.