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Day of the Colombian Woman (1967)
Not much is definitively known about Policarpa Salavarrieta's early years. Even her name is subject to conjecture. What is undisputed—and secured her a place in the annals of Colombian history and, in 1967, a day commemorating her heroism—is that she sacrificed her life trying to secure Colombia's independence; she was executed on November 14, 1817, for her activities on behalf of the revolution. Aside from the day of remembrance, what other honors has the Colombian government accorded her? Discuss

Daredevil Sam Patch's Final, Fatal Stunt (1829)
Patch, a one-time mill worker, made a name for himself as a stunt diver in the late 1920s, most famously by leaping from a 125-ft (38-m) ladder into the Niagara River near the base of Niagara Falls not once but twice. Less than a month later, he made another 125-ft jump, ironically billed as "Sam's Last Jump," this time into the Genesee River. With thousands watching, the daredevil leapt to his death. In his first Genesee stunt the week before, what did Patch send over the ledge before jumping?

The Royal Air Force Sinks German Battleship Tirpitz (1944)
The German Tirpitz, sister ship of the similarly ill-fated Bismarck, was the largest battleship ever built in Europe. Though she was sent to waters around German-occupied Norway and never really saw action in World War II, her mere presence threatened Allied convoys and tied up their naval resources. The Allies therefore launched numerous attacks on the Tirpitz in an effort to destroy her. What was the final Allied operation called?

Ancestry Launches a New Take on Genetic Traits
Ancestry’s long history of innovation has driven our leadership in family history and, more recently, the emerging field of consumer genomics. Today, we’re proud to introduce a fun and innovative way for you to further explore who you are and where you come from  AncestryDNA Traits. Using science and data to power ongoing journeys Read More

Descendants of Honor
This Veterans Day, we are featuring the diverse descendants of Medal of Honor recipients to showcase the fact that our military heroes truly come from everywhere. Here are a few of their stories. Christopher Langlois  Descendant Christopher Flynn  Medal of Honor Recipient Ireland “I was named after him. I try to live up Read More

Researching the Genetics of Human Lifespan
Today, I am proud to have the opportunity to highlight how the drive for discovery at Ancestry extends to our important research collaborations. Three years ago, we announced a collaboration with Calico, a research and development company focused on the biology of longevity. Today, our first joint research paper was published in GENETICS, a journal Read More

This Week in History – November 5
This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Featuring three moments from our Newspapers.com archives, this Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, we remember our American heroes and their service to our country. During the week Read More

This Veterans Day, Discover the Military Heroes in your Family
For the past 30 years, our focus has been digitizing and making historical content accessible for everyone – today, we offer more than 10 billion historical documents, including an unmatched collection of more than 250 million military records. As America celebrates Veterans Day this year, and its service members who have fought (and still fight) Read More

This Week in History – October 29
This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Featuring three moments from our Newspapers.com archives, this Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. During the week of October 29, Hurricane Hattie struck Belize, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Read More

This Week in History – October 22
This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Every week, we feature three moments in history from our Newspapers.com archives – anything from important anniversaries, to tragic occurrences, interesting tidbits to entertaining factoids, This Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. During the week Read More

This Week in History – October 15th
This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Every week, we will be featuring three moments in history from our Newspapers.com archives – anything from important anniversaries, to tragic occurrences, interesting tidbits to entertaining factoids, This Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. During Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Get a Link to Share Your Tree
We’ve added a new feature to our Family Tree sharing options to make it even easier than ever to invite friends and family to collaborate. To share your family tree with others, navigate to the tree you would like to share, and select Sharing from the tree drop-down menu. Among the email and Ancestry messaging Read More

Powered by the World’s Largest Consumer DNA Network, Ancestry Unveils More Detailed and Precise Ethnicity Estimates Than Ever Before
With more than 30 years of dedicated experience in family history and the world’s largest consumer DNA network, Ancestry gives people the best tools to discover their story. Since our inception, we have been transforming names into family and distant places into home. We unlock stories from the past and inspire people to find their Read More

In the Colorado Rockies, going to extremes with legendary skier Chris Davenport
Skiing down is amazing — but first you have to get to the top.

In the Colorado Rockies, going to extremes with legendary skier Chris Davenport
Skiing down is amazing — but first you have to get to the top.

A family trades sand for powder on a spring break adventure in the Canadian Rockies
Head north of the border for first-class skiing, pristine landscapes and kid-friendly amenities.

Backcountry skiing brings avalanche safety to the forefront
Preparedness courses are proliferating as the sport gains in popularity.

Find your next vacation with our travel destination generator

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 beginners guide to eco-friendly vacation planning.
Experts offer tips on choosing earth-friendly modes of transportation, hotels and activities.

Is this the end of unexpected car rental surcharges?
With price transparency on the rise, it’s tougher than ever for companies to deploy surprise fees.

Six tips that will help you plan your next cross-country skiing trip
Flexibility is key as lovers of the sport find they must change along with the climate.

Skip San Francisco’s touristy Fisherman’s Wharf for two historical neighborhoods
Sample Nob Hill’s architectural riches and Russian Hill’s views and shops instead.

Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas
A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on those whales

Travel deals: Discounted Manhattan hotel stays; business class sale fares to Paris
The week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Heathrow travelers warned of delays after lighting issues
Heathrow Airport is warning passengers to check their flight status after problems with runway lighting caused disruption. Europe’s largest airport said Wednesday that the problem has been resolved and that both runways are now open and operational

Officials consider role of speed readings in Lion Air crash
Indonesian officials are giving the strongest clues yet that they are focusing on the role of a faulty speed-measuring system in the deadly Lion Air crash

Adventurer completes 157-day, 1,791-mile swim around Britain
A 33-year-old British athlete has stepped ashore on an English beach after becoming the first person to swim around the coast of Great Britain

Ex-NFL owner gives $5 million to African-American Museum
The former owner of the Carolina Panthers is giving $5 million to the International African American Museum in South Carolina

A new river line hopes to redefine cruises for millennials
In its first season, U by Uniworld turns a slow float down the Seine into an active adventure.

7 trends that will keep on cruising in 2019
From healthy food to Go-Karts, cruise lines are adapting to customers’ priorities.

What causes seasickness — and what to do about it
Picking the right ship size, dates and location can help limit queasiness on the water.

If you want to see sea life rather than fellow snorkelers, head to these Maui sites
Puu Kekaa and Honolua Bay offer one-on-one encounters — and turtles.

First time taking a cruise? Here’s what you need to know.
Use an agent, pack light and do the math on that ‘all you can drink’ package.

Travel deals: Up to 42% off Cancun resort stays and round-trip sale fares to Tahiti
The week's best bargains around the globe.

The do’s and don’ts of flying with babies
Recent incidents suggest confusion among parents, other passengers and even crew members.

Philadelphia’s new Rail Park is the city’s answer to Manhattan’s High Line
An old railroad becomes an elevated green space in the City of Brotherly Love.

Seven of our best Thanksgiving stuffing and dressing recipes to help you think outside the box
There's something here for everyone.

Seven of our best Thanksgiving stuffing and dressing recipes to help you think outside the box
There's something here for everyone.

Don’t let the name stop you. I’m Eddie Cano is a charmer.
2 stars | Neighbors are eating up the Italian American newcomer, for good reason

My grandfather has carved the Thanksgiving turkey for 70 years. Here’s what he taught me.
He’s a master, so I asked about his technique, and his answer surprised me.

2018 Fall Dining Guide
The D.C. dining scene just keeps getting better. Tom Sietsema reviews 48 of the best restaurants the city has to offer.

Free Range on Food: Wednesday, Nov. 14, at noon
We'll be talking about twists to Thanksgiving classics; how to tactfully take on more Thanksgiving responsibilities; this week's recipes, and more.

One thing made the difference for Momma’s turkey: Her magic pan
A Southern writer reflects on his family’s Thanksgiving feast, including his mother’s way with the bird.

Make-ahead, last-minute, gluten-free and vegan gravy recipes
A gravy recipe for nearly any diet.

This healthful rice salad is just the ticket for a post-feast, weeknight meal
This colorful, crunchy salad makes a nice post-holiday meal — and all you have to do is boil water for instant rice.

Can we save the prized bluefin tuna, and its habitat, by growing it in a lab?
One biotech company’s work to “culture” it would eliminate the need for fishing.

Start your own Thanksgiving traditions with these simple twists on classic recipes
Even if you've never cooked for the holiday, you'll find this menu of recipes doable — with something for everyone.

Eight of our favorite ways to get that Thanksgiving turkey on the table
Recipes for the whole bird, breast and legs.

How to make an entire Thanksgiving feast in your Instant Pot
It won’t take an “instant,” but it will save you time in preparation and cleanup — with delicious results.

How to go classic and get creative with your cranberry sauce
In case you're expanding beyond the can.

After 37 years, beloved lunch counter C.F. Folks closes in landlord dispute
Owner Art Carlson says he hopes to reopen in a new space.

This stuffed butternut squash will make Thanksgiving vegetable lovers swoon
WEEKNIGHT VEGETARIAN | With the fillings layered between halves, you can see all the goodness that awaits.

Homemade flavored vodka is a festive, easy and inexpensive holiday gift
Throw in fresh fruit, herbs and spices to give seasonal cocktail parties a boost.

How to tactfully take over the family Thanksgiving meal without ruining a tradition-filled holiday
Patience, diplomacy and compromise will go a long way.

DIY dinner party ideas that will help you have just as much fun as your guests
Everyone's meal is exactly the way they want it.

Good gravy! We like to make ours ahead, with a bit of vermouth
Vermouth and an easy make-ahead stock enhance this staple of the Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving turkey can be as simple as rub and roast
You don't have to brine or air-dry the bird overnight in the refrigerator -- just mix up a quick rub.

Well take this easy sweet potato pie over pumpkin, thank you
The press-in mix of almonds, coconut and butter makes a delightfully crunchy, gluten-free shell for the sparely seasoned filling.

If your favorite part of Thanksgiving is the sides, heres how to make them count
Several recipes for Brussels sprouts, macaroni and cheese, greens and more.