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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? Discuss

Levi Strauss Patents Iconic Metal Rivet for Reinforcing Pants Pockets (1873)
If you are wearing blue jeans, chances are a version of tailor Jacob Davis's invention is hugging your hips right now. Davis did not invent jeans—that was the more famous Levi Strauss—but he did invent one crucial component: the copper rivets that reinforce the corners of the pockets, now ubiquitous on denim pants. Because Davis did not have the money to file the necessary patent paperwork, he wrote to Strauss—then Davis's fabric supplier—suggesting they apply together. How did Strauss respond?

Nine-Year-Old Cynthia Ann Parker Kidnapped by Comanches (1836)
Parker was a young girl when Comanches raided Fort Parker—located in what is now Texas—and massacred its inhabitants, capturing her in the process. Raised by her captors, she was adopted into the tribe and went on to bear the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. At first, Quanah led raids on frontier settlements, but after his defeat and surrender, he learned to live alongside his white neighbors and eventually became the richest Native American in the US. What became of his mother?

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.

Toxic cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over ocean
White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud.

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.

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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: 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.

Talking up travel industry ‘chatbots’
Automated programs may save you time with research, especially if you like using a chat interface.

Giant rocks spewing from Hawaii volcano summit
Ash emissions from the summit at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano decreased, prompting the cancellation Wednesday of an ash fall advisory.

Lynching memorial may be game-changer for Montgomery tourism
A memorial to the victims of racial lynchings and a new museum in Montgomery, Alabama, have gotten a lot of attention since opening in late April.

System outage causes flight cancelations in Frankfurt
A technology failure at Frankfurt airport has caused the cancellation of dozens of flights at Germany’s busiest hub.

Homeowners scramble as Hawaii volcano spews ash, lava
Patricia Deter moved from Oregon to Hawaii to be closer to her two daughters, but the Kilauea volcano burned down her home only a month after she bought it.

Your friends in Hawaii are probably safe from the volcano on the Big Island. Here’s why.
For mainlanders, here’s a primer on Aloha State geography and names.

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

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.

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 16, at noon
LIVE CHAT | We'll be talking about quick pastas, the Galloping Gourmet, this week's recipes and more. Guests Rebekah Denn and Graham Kerr join us.

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.

The truth about organic produce and pesticides
Despite reports to the contrary, there is less residue than on conventional produce. But how much does it matter?

There's no need to play bartender with these drinks built for a crowd
Whether you want cocktails or mocktails, here are a few thirst-quenching sips for a crowd.

There are more good rosés than ever, including a Virginia stunner
RECOMMENDED | The popularity drives more winemakers to get on the bandwagon.

You’re not doing anything wrong when it comes to wine
WINE | We’re over the shaming. Here are three tips that will help you increase your enjoyment.

These are the 5 recipes our readers loved most this week
It's a good time to make our take on the Royal Wedding Cake! Plus other recipes to try this week.

Turn those crumbs at the bottom of the bag into the top of your meal
Don't throw away those snack remnants. These are creative ways to use them.

What’s in a food truck?
A look at food trucks and the people inside them.

What’s in a food truck?
The view from inside a food truck

Pink Starbursts and brownie edges: How our quirky preferences are driving the future of snacking
But as brands customize for us, is the thrill of the hunt gone?

With Lupo Verde Osteria, a familiar brand expands to the Palisades
FIRST BITE | Thoughtful pastas, antipasti and more give the neighborhood a new Italian outpost.

Not just for vegans: How to rock your tofu with cheese, eggs - and even meat
Here’s the trouble with tofu, at least to some Western eaters: You can’t dip it in nacho cheese sauce. Or can you?   Even as people have become accustomed to the idea of drinking soy milk lattes, the idea of eating tofu — which is, after all, just coagulated soy milk — can be a […]

Are seasonal allergies ruining your spring? These recipes might give you a little relief.
It's no guarantee, but you may as well eat something that's good for you, just in case.

Mixed-berry galette makes dessert easy as pie
NOURISH | Whole-wheat flour gives the rustic treat a more healthful crust.