U.S. History

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.
Row of people on panel with photo of two people projected behind them (State Dept.)

The unsung, heroic U.S. diplomats of World War I

Learn about the heroes of the State Department who risked their lives to establish diplomacy during World War I — and how their legacy lives on.
People watching man swing pickax against wall covered with graffiti (© Robert Wallis/Corbis/Getty Images)

Berlin Wall: From its start to its demise

The Berlin Wall stood as a symbol of the political and economic divisions splitting not only the city and Germany but also Europe itself.
Artist's rendering of new memorial (Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian)

Native American Veterans Memorial coming to Washington

In 2020, a new memorial will honor the stories and sacrifices of Native American soldiers and their families from across the United States.
Astronauts exiting International Space Station (© NASA/AP Images)

NASA women astronauts make history

Two U.S. female astronauts made history walking on the International Space Station without a male crewmate.
Stained glass window with fish and sea animals (© Steve Skjold/Alamy)

The United States is a place of many religions

The United States is a country of many religions, a diversity that enriches society. Explore the story of religion in America in this gallery of images.