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Pro Wrestler Owen Hart Falls to His Death in the Ring (1999)
Regardless of whether one considers professional wrestling a sport or merely choreographed entertainment, one cannot deny that wrestlers often risk serious injury in the ring. High-flying stunts and feats of flamboyant showmanship are now par for the course. Tragically, the dangerous nature of wrestling was graphically illustrated in 1999, when Hart, one of professional wrestling's most respected stars, was killed during a live event. The tragedy unfolded when what stunt went horribly wrong? Discuss

Nuclear Submarine USS Scorpion Sinks, Cause Unknown (1968)
On May 21, 1968, the crew of the US Navy's Scorpion submarine engaged in communications with land stations. Six days later, the submarine was reported overdue. After an unsuccessful search, the Scorpion and its crew were "presumed lost." However, in October, a Navy research ship located sections of the submarine's hull in approximately 10,000 feet (3,048 m) of water about 400 miles (644 km) southwest of the Azores. What are some theories about how the Scorpion may have sunk?

Rajiv Gandhi Is Assassinated (1991)
When his brother Sanjay Gandhi died in a plane crash in 1981, Rajiv Gandhi—then an airline pilot—was drafted into politics by his mother, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. When she was assassinated in 1984, he succeeded her as prime minister. In 1987, he sent peacekeeping forces to Sri Lanka in an unsuccessful attempt to end Tamil-Sinhalese violence. Following allegations of corruption, he resigned as prime minister in 1989. He was assassinated in 1991. How and by whom was he killed?

Wedding Traditions Fit for Royalty
We can credit the royal family for establishing some of the most common wedding traditions known to brides throughout the world, like white wedding dresses. We asked the Ancestry research team to uncover other traditional displays we might see at the ceremony of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. We have a queen to credit for Read More

Ireland, Italy, or Germany? Oh, My!
Put 28 people that all have Irish ancestors on a bus with a driver from Limerick.  Add three professional genealogists and a tour guide from Belfast.  Then, spend ten days touring Ireland.  Thats what I did for a week and a half in April. Ancestry ProGenealogists has partnered with Go Ahead Tours for Heritage Travel Read More

Timeless: Where Were You When Ronald Reagan Was Shot?
One of the things I have learned in life and in family history is that there are moments.  Moments that are burned into our memory.  We know exactly where we were and how we felt when our first child was born, when our mother died, when our spouse was diagnosed with cancer.  We also know Read More

Timeless: The Woman Known As Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
When she was 41 years old, Mrs. Mary Quackenbos, married Mr. Howard Donald Humiston in Lima, Peru.  What she was doing in Peru, is the stuff of headlines.  And, there were a lot of headlines in the life of this woman.  Yet, today, she is relatively unknown. Thats one of the things that I Read More

Exploring the U.S., WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards, 1942-1947 Collection
I recently read an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for a Jewish soldier in WWII named Harvey P. Robitshek. This IDPF was unlike other I have read in that it is 361 pages long. Now I’ve read hundreds of IDPFs across all branches of the military for WWII, but this one really stood out. Why? Read More

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: A Fight for Survival
Underground markets. Escapes through sewers. Friends and neighbors defending their streets from tanks. On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, we look back on a WWII story rarely told, but just as heroic as the Landing at Normandy or the Battle of Britain. On 19 April 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto, a starving Jewish Read More

Timeless: A Trip That Took JFK 115 Years to Make
Right this minute, Im in Ireland on an Ancestry ProGenealogists Heritage Tour, sitting in the Harbor Hotel overlooking Galway Bay.  Ive spent the last week and a half making a clockwise tour of the island.  And, it seems that every time we come around another corner someone reminds us about the time in June 1963 Read More

Timeless: Benjamin Franklin’s Connection to the Salem Witch Trials
When I think about Benjamin Franklin I think about bifocals, kites and lightening, his ambassadorship to France, and the fact that he was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  I most certainly dont think about the Salem Witch Trials.  After all the witchcraft frenzy that gripped Salem Village happened almost Read More

Preparing for the 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI
As we move through 2018, we get closer to the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, a war in which some of our ancestors fought and died. Have you started your research? Are you attending any commemorations or unveiling of new war memorials? Are you adding your new information to your family Read More

Dispelling Myths in Jewish Genealogy
Janette Silverman grew up believing she might never uncover the stories of her Jewish ancestors. Due to the diaspora and the horrific events of World War II, finding Jewish families who had lived in Europe before the 20th century was nearly impossible. At least, that’s what she had been told. It was common knowledge, a Read More

Why you should visit El Paso
The influence of Mexico is impossible to miss, but its own quirks and charms in cuisine and culture set this Texas border town apart.

Travel deals: Sale fare to Vienna and 20 percent off a trio of hotels in Belize
The week’s best bargains around the globe.

Another thing your DNA can tell you: Where you might go on your next vacation
Travelers looking for their roots are booking heritage tours and cruises.

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Denver
The former warehouses of the RiNo district draw crowds with art galleries and inspired cuisine.

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Why you should visit Milwaukee
Wisconsin’s largest city welcomes visitors with lake views, stellar food, never-ending brews and a hearty dose of Midwestern niceness.

What is 'green travel,' anyway? A beginner's guide to eco-friendly vacation planning.
Experts offer tips on choosing earth-friendly modes of transportation, hotels and activities.

The Latest: Vegas casino workers OK strike for June or later
The Latest on Las Vegas casino workers voting on whether to go on strike (all times local):

Airlines obey Beijing’s demand to call Taiwan part of China
British Airways, Lufthansa and Air Canada are among 20 carriers that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers its territory, as a part of China on their global websites, in line with Beijing’s demands that the White House called “Orwellian nonsense,” The Associated Press has found.

What’s new at theme parks: Wonder Woman coaster, Pixar Pier
Orlando, Florida, doesn’t have a lock on theme park news this summer.

What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii’s latest volcanic hazard
Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds of acid and fine glass.

Tips for taking children to the new Legacy Museum and lynching memorial in Alabama
Prepare them, personalize the history and focus on hope.

Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old
Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday.

The Latest: 2 lava fissures merge, create faster flow
The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano (all times local):

Paramount costume exhibit in Ohio satisfies ‘new nostalgia’
Costumes play a leading role as movies transport viewers to other times, open doors to foreign cultures, and imagine wars in distant galaxies.

Artists offer stories to travelers at LaGuardia Airport
Two New York City artists are hoping to give travelers at LaGuardia Airport something to look forward to with custom short stories written at the terminal.

Visiting Hollywood, Fla., while it still has its funky charm
Big change is coming to the Atlantic Coast city, so a nostalgia trip was in order.

How should you prepare for your next vacation? Start walking.
In cities, at Disney, even on cruise ships, travelers do a lot more walking than they think.

Camping without the hassle: New service rents you all the gear you need, plus the car
Hate buying, storing, packing and cleaning camping equipment? An outfitter in D.C. has you covered.

Glacier park says rebuild won’t permanently harm wildlife
Rebuilding a Glacier National Park backcountry dormitory that burned in a fire last year may temporarily scatter the mountain goats, grizzly bears and other wildlife that frequent the area, but it won’t cause them any permanent harm, officials said Thursday.

The Latest: Senate aims to improve volcano warning system
The Latest on the summit eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island (all times local):

Rhino in San Diego pregnant, could help save subspecies
A southern white rhino has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world’s most recognizable animals, researchers announced Thursday.

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Los Angeles
The country’s only Thai Town offers plenty of regional takes on a oft-fiery, always flavorful cuisine.

Travel deals: Two-for-one river cruises and $300 off hiking and biking in Ireland
The week’s best bargains around the globe.

A new chef brings the heat back to Momofuku
3 stars | Tae Strain’s changes elevate the David Chang restaurant at CityCenter.

The Museum of Ice Cream is launching its own ice cream line — with "Sprinkle Pool" and piñata flavors
The Instagrammer's playground has inspired seven ice cream flavors and a new scoop shop in New York.

Fresh mango and tomatillos make this zesty salsa stand out from the rest
Bright, fruity and with just a bit of heat, this salsa goes well on anything.

Spicy, smoky, cheesy, melty burgers. On the inside.
These stuffed beef burgers have it all.

The 2018 Spring Dining Guide
With so many new restaurants in D.C., who can keep up? Tom Sietsema reviews 30 places that opened in the last year, including his top 10.

Free Range on Food: Wednesday, May 23, at noon
LIVE CHAT | We'll be talking about how to make your own hamburger and hot dog buns, pesticides in organic and conventional produce, and more. Guests Cathy Barrow and Tamar Haspel join us.

A new chef brings the heat back to Momofuku
3 stars | Tae Strain’s changes elevate the David Chang restaurant at CityCenter.

Visual recipe: Tangy Tuna With Spicy Sauce
This recipe makes a crunchy and light and almost no-cook meal.

8 trusty tips for hosting a cookout in a public park (no holiday required)
Plan ahead, be prepared and don't forget to have fun.

Visual Recipe: Tangy Tuna With Spicy Sauce
This recipe makes a crunchy and light and almost no-cook meal.

Kick your sour cream and onion dip up a notch with fresh herbs
It's the elegant cousin of sour cream and onion dip.

A no-cook meal that might change your mind about canned tuna
Banish the thought of those ho-hum salads made with canned tuna. This one rocks.

Our national romaine lettuce crisis is over, says the CDC. Here's how to celebrate.
Because of its short shelf life, contaminated salad should now be out of the supply chain.

Visual recipe: Tangy Tuna With Spicy Sauce
This recipe makes a crunchy and light and almost no-cook meal.

A superlative potato salad with a Japanese accent
There are a couple of Japanese components in this side dish, but that's not how it got its name.

I lost the use of my most important kitchen tool: My hand. The only way forward was to keep cooking.
When it was crushed in an accident, I wondered: How am I supposed to continue to do what I love?

What makes this 3-bean salad special? A little bit of your thyme.
Fresh thyme leaves add a special touch to this classic picnic fare.

Artichoke tapenade, Parmigiano 'gelato' and other savory spreads for snacking
They're a hit for a snack attack or a picnic.

Finally, you can make a Superiority Burger at home
WEEKNIGHT VEGETARIAN | Brooks Headley’s cookbook includes a recipe for something even better than what comes out of the restaurant.

Mary Beth Albright's Food Hacks: Chamomile Sangria Boozy Iced Tea cocktail
Light and fresh, this drink will have you sipping white wine and herbal tea mixed with summer juicy fruit on the veranda all season long.

Mary Beth Albright's Food Hacks: Chamomile Sangria Boozy Iced Tea Cocktail
Chamomile Sangria is the last in a series of four Food Hacks boozy iced tea cocktails. Light and fresh, this drink will have you sipping white wine and herbal tea mixed with summer juicy fruit on the veranda all season long.

Steaming corn on the grill gives you the best of both worlds
Ice cubes provide the magic here, and keep the corn moist as it cooks all wrapped up on the grill.

How to build the ultimate cheese board
It's hard to resist a plate of cheese and tempting snacks.