Brazilian President Michel Temer called the loss of much the National Museum's 20 million items "a sad day for all Brazilians."
Now the holiday is better known as a day to relax, picnic and shop the sales.
The man behind early color photographs of Leo Tolstoy and pre-revolutionary Russia, Prokudin-Gorsky was born 155 years ago today.
While touring a medical factory, North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un "said he cannot but be very concerned about and disappointed by the bad situation."
The U.S. secretly backed both Iran and Iraq in their 1980s war. Their current alliance now spells trouble for American policy in the Middle East.
The 2018 midterm elections are already historic, but these candidates may be some of the "first" the country has ever seen.
The antiques will be given to Iraqi Ambassador Salih Husain Ali in a formal ceremony at the British Museum on Friday.
"This is the first time that any salmonella has been found in old human remains in Europe," one researcher said.
In 1978, Louise Brown became the first human ever born after conception by in vitro fertilization.
Russia's Kaliningrad region has announced the castle is up for sale.
The church is home to the remains of up to 4,000 people.
The henge likely dates from somewhere between 3,150 B.C. and 2,500 B.C.
Ötzi is the oldest naturally preserved ice mummy.
Takei said he has "no words" for federal government plans to establish an immigrant detainment center just miles from where he was imprisoned during World War II.
Never-before-seen pearls, diamonds, a pendant and earrings from the court of French King Louis XVI will go to the highest bidder.
At least 170 of the 4,500 manuscripts in Egypt's Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai have text invisible to the naked eye.
The so-called "Spanish flu" of 1918 is thought to have killed between 50 and 100 million people around the world.